“It Is Our Choices, Harry, That Show What We Truly Are, Far More Than Our Abilities” —Albus Dumbledore

Yes. My draft begins with a quote from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Why? Because I like Harry Potter and also, because I feel that this particular quote speaks volumes about the topic at hand.

I began my research by referring to NPR, SPJ and the Associated Press. I felt their codes were very clear and easy to decipher.

I am still planning to research Aristotle’s Golden Mean in depth, because as of right now, that is the concept I want to base my code of ethics upon. Here is a simplified version of Aristotle’s Golden Mean that I have found useful. I want to be able to find a balanced way of assessing ethical dilemmas.

As a journalists, I believe it is our duty to present the information we uncover with honesty, transparency, accuracy and fairness. We have to be honest in our work, transparent in our process, accurate in our details and findings as well as fair to our subjects as well as our audience. To be proper journalists, we must maintain our integrity — otherwise, who will trust in us?

This list will extend with further explanation. I simply believe that it is in our choices that we show who we are as journalists.

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One thought on ““It Is Our Choices, Harry, That Show What We Truly Are, Far More Than Our Abilities” —Albus Dumbledore

  1. I think you’re on to something with the idea of choices, Kareya. Spend some time delving into the implications of the word and how the idea of a choice differs from, say, the idea of a decision.

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