“3.00 Introduction to Ethics” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Reporter’s Notebook

For this journal entry, you will answer two questions.

1. “What does it mean to be ethical?” Explore what you know about ethics to write a response to this question, providing examples to illustrate the qualities of an ethical person. Using your definition of an ethical person, describe how you believe someone should handle the situation described in this lesson. Explain how you came to your conclusion.

2. “How do ethics apply to journalism?” Now that you have defined an ethical person, write a short response about how you believe ethics plays a part in the presentation of the news.

Your journal entry should be at least three paragraphs of your own writing, and you must give credit to all sources that you use or quote. Try to be as informative as possible. Imagine this is an assignment for a large news organization, and that you are supposed to provide useful information to your readers on this topic.


What does it mean to be ethical? According to the Webster’s Dictionary, Ethical means “involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval”. Therefore to be ethical would be to follow some sort of moral rules, or code. An ethical person is one who thinks about the consequences of their actions before hand and does the right thing accordingly. In my opinion it’s a matter of Moral responsibility, doing what is right, according to your conscience, but at the same time, not violating others rights.

In the situation where a friend of yours gives her address to a stranger on the internet and then you find out, and you are concerned for her safety. Do you tell her parents or do you try to not make her mad, and not tell anyone. If I was in this situation with my best friend, I would have to say that I would probably feel obligated to tell her parents about the situation. Only because she is like a sister to me, and so in her best interest, and in order to keep her safe, and show her how much she can trust me, and how much I care about her, I would have to tell her parents. At first she might be mad at me, but knowing my best friend as well as I do, I know that eventually she would realize that what I did was the best thing to do for her, and her safety and well being.

Ethics definitely plays a very large role in journalism. Without ethics in journalism, we would have a huge mess on our hands. We would have journalists spreading slander and libel around, and journalists violating people’s privacy and stuff. This would create a disrespect for all journalists and nobody would believe anyone else. A journalist’s ethics determines what kind of journalist they are. Some reporters don’t care about invading other people’s privacy; but doing this makes the public respect the journalist less. Journalists that stick to a good ethical code, who treat others with respect, will be more respected and valid. Journalism and journalists can get a bad rap because there are a lot of reporters who don’t have an ethical code; they will do anything to get a good story. Thus this makes all journalists look bad, as a whole.

“2.04 Broadcast – Television” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Reporter’s Notebook

For this journal entry, you will watch one hour of news programming on television and write an informative post answering the questions below. There are many free online options for television viewing. Contact your instructor if you have any questions about how to access appropriate programming.

Your journal entry should be at least three paragraphs of your own writing, and you must give credit to all sources that you use or quote. Try to be as informative as possible. Imagine that you are writing a report for a television news station, and you are supposed to provide useful information to your readers on this topic.

Be prepared to discuss this during your discussion-based assessment.

  1. What news show (or shows) did you watch?
  2. How would you classify this show? Local news, TV newsmagazine, entertainment news, sports news, etc.
  3. Did you see any opinion being expressed? Please quote the instances in your answer.
  4. Was this show effective in informing you about a topic? What did it do right? What could have been better?

Peace. Baltimore.


In Baltimore, today, the National Guard has been deployed and a curfew set in place, for Baltimore residents, as the city’s officials attempt to regain control of the civil unrest, sweeping the streets.  Mayor Stephanie Rowlings-Blake, according to several sources was quoted as saying, ” I have instructed the police to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech, [that is including] giving space to those who wish to destroy.” (She later denied she ever even said that statement) Mayor Rowlings-Blake went on to say that She and the police department of Baltimore are trying to maintain a very delicate balance between allowing the people who are protesting to exercise their right to freedom of expression, and still keep the police officers and innocent bystanders safe.

Less than 50 years later. . . .


The curfew will be kept in place for an entire week at least, and will be from 10 pm to 5 am, Excluding only people with a medical emergency and those going to work. All public schools in the Baltimore area have also been closed today, and several of the surrounding counties have canceled all field trips to Baltimore this week. Also, the Orioles have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox to “play it safe”.

Clean up has begun on the streets of Baltimore. Starting with the arrests of at least 235 people, on Monday, including 34 juveniles. Laquicha Harper, a 30-year-old Baltimore resident, called the violence embarrassing and “heartbreaking,” saying “we owe it to ourselves to do better.” She was among locals who responded Tuesday morning with brooms, not rocks, to clean up the mess left behind.

This latest eruption followed days of simmering tensions over Freddie Gray, who mysteriously died on April 19, a week after Baltimore police arrested him. Anger over his plight may have spurred Monday’s violence, but Baltimore City Council Member Brandon Scott said it was also fueled by “a long, long, longstanding issue with young African-Americans.”

If you don’t know the difference, you are part of the problem

“We’re talking about years and decades of mistrust, of misfortune, of despair that it’s just coming out in anger,” Scott told CNN. “No, it is not right for them to burn down their own city. But that is what’s coming out of these young people.”

The City’s PD has asked all parents to “locate your children, and bring them home”. Hopefully, we can look forward to a safer city of Baltimore in the coming days, and a more peaceful way to demonstrate these grievances. Baltimore Strong!

Pray for the peace of Baltimore



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P.S. To my family who live in Baltimore/Catonsville area. GranDad, Granbutton, Uncle Greg, Aunt Kelly, and my cousins, I hope y’all are safe, we are praying for y’all and for the peace of Baltimore. We love you! Stay safe 🙂 ❤