Journalists and news sources

Implications of professionalism in war reporting

Faridah Ibrahim, Latiffah Pawanteh, Peng Kee Chang, Fuziah Kartini Hassan Basri, Badrul Redzuan Abu Hassan, Wan Amizah Wan Mahmud

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Abstract

The study of journalism covers in broad perspectives the principles of reporting in various situations, whether in normal time based on events and press conferences or during news breaking in times of crisis, conflicts or disasters. In this instance, journalists are expected to perform their duty without fear or favour, but with responsibility and ethical considerations. In other words, the journalists need to be professional in their job. Nevertheless, one dimension that involves great discretion, diligence and thoughtful analysis on the part of the journalists is during the reporting of conflicts, for instance war, whether the war news is in their country or another. Studies have shown that government, diplomats, military and humanitarian aid agencies are increasingly affected by the news media through the issues, people and countries the media choose to highlight in war stories. Indeed, the media are seen to have great potential to have enormous influence over decisions and public opinion as well as national and international agenda. Using a qualitative research methodology, the paper seeks to discover the extent the media in Malaysia are professional in their reporting of war stories, especially when they themselves come from a non-warring country. At this juncture, it is also interesting to find out the nature of the news sources and journalists relationship and the extent of professional values they uphold.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalInnovation Journal
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Ethical consideration
  • Journalism
  • News media
  • Professionalism
  • Public relations practitioners
  • Responsibility
  • War reporting

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  • Public Administration

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Journalists and news sources : Implications of professionalism in war reporting. / Ibrahim, Faridah; Pawanteh, Latiffah; Chang, Peng Kee; Basri, Fuziah Kartini Hassan; Abu Hassan, Badrul Redzuan; Wan Mahmud, Wan Amizah.

In: Innovation Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, 4, 2011.

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