Media Law paper: What ethical issues did the relationship raise? Start with the issues raised in any Journalist/Source relationship. Thenmove to the issues specific to this case. 4.What were McGinnis’ purposes in lying to McDonald

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Please, answer each question neatly. Here are the outlines for your final paper. the paper is about the movie too. The paper encompasses 2 topics: 1) The Journalist and the Murder, and 2) Spotlight. The total paper should be 8 pages. Divide up your paper as you chose. Remember, as always, the quality of the analysis is what is important- not the amount of words or pages of how you divide it up. I will follow this announcement with another. That one will give you ethical principles from a number of sources. Use them. mix and match. Analyze. Think. You will all do fine The Journalist and the Murder 1.Provide a brief synopsis of the facts that is; summarize the story presented in the book. 2.Describe and characterize the relationship between the two main characters in the book McGinnis (The Writer) and McDonald (The Subject). 3.What ethical issues did the relationship raise? Start with the issues raised in any Journalist/Source relationship. Thenmove to the issues specific to this case. 4.What were McGinnis’ purposes in lying to McDonald? 5.In the context of this story, was it ethical for McGinnis to lie to McDonald? 6.Is it ethical to pose as a friend, rather than as an impartial journalist? 7.Is it ever ethical for a journalist to lie to a source or subject? 8.If you believe that there are acceptable situations, give examples and their rationale. 9.Why would a source like McDonald open up to a journalist? 10.What influences sources? 11.What power do journalists hold? Spotlight 1.What the movie “Spotlight”. I suggest you watch it twice. Once through to gain an understanding and again for analysis. 2.Use, as rules, the Code of Ethics of Society of Professional Journalists (attached) and the cornerstones of ethics as we discussed them: Integrity, Honesty, Decency and Courage as guides to your analysis. 3.Identify the significant ethical problems faced by the reporters, the editors and the newspaper in the movie. 4.Sort the ethical issues from the most important to least. 5.Once an issue is identified-examine Are there extrinsic factors? • What weight do I give them? • How do I apply the rules? • What are the arguments regarding the issues? • What is my position? L&g for anlyisi in your paper, cite to any of these ethical principles General Source W.E.B. Dubois/ with an assist from Cornell West Integrity Honesty Decency Courage Specific To Journalism Source Ethical Journalism Network Accuracy Independence Impartiality Humanity Accountability Source Society of Professional Journalism Seek Truth and Report It Minimize Harm Act Independantly Be Accountable and Transparent

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