WebQuests (ICT Integration)
What does it mean to be "ethical"? What are "ethics" anyway? In simple terms, ethics refers to the 'rightness' or 'wrongness' of conduct as it relates to the members of a profession. Almost all decisions by journalists have an ethical dimension:
- Are all journalists or members of the press fair, credible, responsible, and ethical?
- Are you responsible and ethical when you write?
Professional integrity, honesty, fairness, and courage are listed as some of the traits that journalists should seek when gathering, reporting, and interpreting information.
Do you agree?
As a student journalist you have been appointed by the Education Department in your province to be part of a team that develops a website on ethical writing / journalism. This website will be used by learners throughout the province and it is intended to assist them in their writing in class and for school newspapers.
ProcessYou will need to address issues that include, but are not confined to, questions such as:
- What should be reported?
- How should information be acquired?
- How should information be presented and to whom?
- Should material which is especially contentious be published?
- Who should/should not be interviewed?
- Who should/should not be quoted?
- How much original material may I copy and paste? What is "fair use"?
- How do I acknowledge sources?
- Do I have to ask for permission to use the work of others?
- What should be included, and what should be left out?
- How much should be revealed to an interviewee regarding the real purpose of an interview?
For this assignment, you will work in teams of four and you will divide your task into roles as follows (click on each role for more information):
- leading team discussions, or allocating leaders for each team meeting
- allocating content writing tasks and deadlines
- writing the contents of the home page
- writing the lead article (effectively an editorial)
Meet as a team to discuss the number and types of articles that you would like to include on your website. Construct a mind map to help you identify the categories and levels of content that you will need to include on your website.
Once you have identified the content the webmaster will assign tasks and deadlines in consultation with the representatives. Discuss the layout and design of the website. You will share the responsibility of preparing the layout and you will work as a team with your webmaster when compiling the final product.
Your website should abide by the following guidelines:
- no frames pages (to ensure easy printing)
- pages should be printable
- subtle, yet clear graphic identity
- you must thoroughly cover the topic
- fulfill the criteria listed in the assessment sheet
Resource» Journalistic writing basics
» Interview skills and techniques
ConclusionAs a writer, you must relate these journalistic codes, principles and practices to your own information gathering and reporting that you will experience during your learning.
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