Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Key Documents: Section II. Codes of Ethics/Newsroom Policies and Standards - General Broadcast Organizations
The landscape of free electronic media has expanded over the years to embrace radio and television networks, local commercial television and radio stations, public broadcasting entities, web radio, and other audio/video news formats online. Despite the proliferation of delivery methods, quality news coverage remains a prime component of the mission for each of these areas of communications. In all instances, electronic news outlets are perceived to operate as de facto trustees of the people with an obligation to scrupulously service the information needs of every sector of the American public. Four prominent broadcast organizations have formally weighed in on a range of ethical issues electronic journalism must address. Two of these groups, the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) and National Public Radio (NPR) News, scrutinize in-depth the way stories should get reported either on-air or online. They often comment on the same kind of reporting concerns that worry print journalists—truth, ...