Journal of Mass Media Ethics 27 (3):189-205 (2012)

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Christopher Meyers
California State University, Bakersfield
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The proliferation of news and information sources has motivated a need to identify those providing legitimate journalism. One temptation is to go the route of such fields as medicine and law, namely to formally professionalize. This gives a clear method for determining who is a member, with an array of associated responsibilities and rewards. We argue that making such a formal move in journalism is a mistake: Journalism does not meet the traditional criteria, and its core ethos is in conflict with the professional mindset. We thus shift the focus from whether the person is journalist to whether the work satisfies the conditions that characterize legitimate journalism. In explaining those conditions we also look at mechanisms for enhancing the power of persons doing journalism, drawing upon lessons from the labor movement. We also consider a self-declaration model while urging increased literacy from all participants in the news gathering and consuming enterprise
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Who is a Journalist?Jay Black - 2010 - In Christopher Meyers (ed.), Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach. Oxford University Press. pp. 103--116.
Who's Responsible for Journalism?John H. McManus - 1997 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 12 (1):5 – 17.
News Media Ethics and the Management of Professionals.Douglas Birkhead - 1986 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 1 (2):37 – 46.
Why Journalism is a Profession.Michael Davis - 2010 - In Christopher Meyers (ed.), Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach. Oxford University Press. pp. 91--102.

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