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  1. Writers are a special breed of reporters who operate in an almost behind-the-scenes kind of way.
  2. Death is one of the biggest subjects when it comes to photographs.
  3. Privacy invasion is the third issue that most journalists struggle with on a higher level.
  4. Journalistic codes of ethics both aid and hurt a journalist's purpose.
  5. The term plagiarism literally means ?kidnap? and it does not just relate to college term papers and high school essays, it tides over to professional journalists
  6. As was broadcast regularly after the fact, Blair was immediately fired from the New York Times and both he and the well known publication have been tainted with the amoral actions of journalistic mistakes.
  7. Journalists face ethical decisions everyday, no matter how big or how small; whether they come up in the workplace or in personal life.

There are many ethical issues that come up within journalism as a whole, from broadcasters to anchors to cameramen. One of the positions that have come under the most scrutiny in the last several years however has been within the realm of print journalism and the writers who work there. This article will delve into the many issues dealing with:
? Ethical situations
? Codes of conduct
? Plagiarism and the cost involved
? Writers who have made bad ethical decisions

[...] That's because his lies appeared in the pages of one of the world's most respected newspapers, The New York Times. By his own admission, reporter Jayson Blair lied or plagiarized the work of others in dozens of stories he wrote for the Times. Why would a person who originally chose to dedicate his life to seeking the truth turn to lying, as a way of (Couric, para. 1). Blair crossed the line of journalistic ethics when he reported ?live' from locations such as Jessica Lynch's home in West Virginia, from two separate soldiers funerals (one in Ohio, one in Texas), and from the Iraqi War. [...]

[...] Many close family members later wrote into the paper complaining about the articles, stating that they were insensitive and unneeded (Brecher, para. 7). Brecher was one of the journalists who found out that writing stories that involve privacy for one of the members involved can be a difficult subject matter. But as a journalist what should happen? There are two choices- cover the story correctly or leave out some of the facts for the purposes of keeping the privacy of someone or someone's. [...]

[...] Journalists have to deal with plagiarism because it makes their lives much easier. A print journalist who does not have the accountability of a broadcast reporter (no camera crew) could either cover a story or make the details up without attending the actual event. Covering a story takes hours, days and in some rare cases, months. With the additional pressure of deadlines many journalists crack under pressure and just fabricate details. This form of plagiarism, otherwise known as borrowing, has become ever so popular in recent years with several renowned print journalists confessing to the crime. [...]

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