By Walter Hömberg, Christian Klenk
Medienethische Richtlinien wie der Pressekodex des Deutschen Presserates bieten Journalisten ohne Zweifel eine wichtige Entscheidungshilfe bei ethischen Abwägungen in Fragen von Recherche und Veröffentlichung. Doch Richtlinien, die zwangsläufig allgemein gehalten sein müssen, verwenden dehnbare Begriffe und hinken zuweilen der Entwicklung hinterher. Journalisten sollten sich daher nicht allein auf geschriebene Empfehlungen verlassen, sondern ihr Handeln stets verantwortungsbewusst auf mögliche Folgen hin kritisch hinterfragen. Der Beitrag ruft Journalisten, aber auch Medienunternehmen und Publikum dazu auf, sich ihrer eigenen Verantwortung innerhalb des massenmedialen Kommunikationsprozesses bewusst zu sein und diese wahrzunehmen.
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This is to be the biggest Winter for big babies in the history of the United States,” the Journal declared. ”216 Such an article these days would be hardly shocking, not with the publicity and scrutiny routinely given to celebrities and the wellto-do. But genteel society in the late 1890s usually was distanced and the Journal’s article was seen as indecent, intrusive, and far outside the bounds of good taste. indb 27 5/23/06 10:53:36 AM 28 • The Year That Defined American Journalism wayward and irresponsible newspapers.
No more outrageous assault upon the privacy of a citizen can be devised than is implied in these infamous publications. Their purpose and effect is to hold him up to ridicule by the most vulgar and offensive expedients; to prejudice him permanently in the eyes of the community at large, and to wound with undisguised brutality the sensibilities of his family. 227 Though crude and blunt, the Ellsworth Bill and the boycott against the yellow press represented an anxious backlash—rear-guard actions that sought to calm the ferment and channel or regulate it in familiar ways.
Newer models of the typewriter had passed the threshold of reliability and ease of use, and were gaining favor in American newsrooms. Trade journals of 1897 noted the “marked increase in typewriter usage among literary workers and journalists”75 and waxed enthusiastic about the machine’s capabilities. 78 But the typewriter was not unanimously received with warmth and enthusiasm in American newsrooms. Just as some journalists expressed skepticism about the Internet and emergent media technologies in the mid-1990s,79 some veteran reporters of the 1890s resented the noisy, intrusive typewriter.
Die Verantwortung des Journalisten: Individual- und professionsethische Maximen by Walter Hömberg, Christian Klenk