“Dehumanization takes devaluation a step further, or many steps further. I become, not Amanda with my many complexities, gifts, and struggles, but “that queer.” Someone else becomes “a welfare mother” or “an illegal immigrant” or “a retard.” Adjectives mutate into nouns, and people get lost. Once someone is dehumanized, it’s easy to ignore their wants and needs, easy to reject their wisdom, and in extreme cases, easy to kill them. All inequality-based violence starts with dehumanization.” (Amanda Udis-Kessler in Tikkun, Aug 2010)
“Knowledge and wisdom that feeds the human spirit and helps us value life itself as the core of all values. We need hope, we need courage and we need each other. We don’t need more greed. And I am just not sure about more technology.” Mariane Pearl (one of my heroines) in The Huffington Post (Feb 2010). See a sterling example of her humanistic journalism here.
“Why, at a time of breakneck technological and social revolution in news and newsrooms, do deans and presidents permit ossified philosophy departments to abdicate their responsibility to cover the world by not thinking about the media? How can it be that journalism and philosophy, the two humanistic intellectual activities that most boldly (and some think obnoxiously) vaunt their primary devotion to truth, are barely on speaking terms?” Carlin Romano in The Chronicle of Higher Education (2007). One of my first and favorite articles on this subject.
“…little effort has been made to deal with the issue of war reporting, the protection of journalists from mental or physical harm, or the hate, racism and dehumanization that reporting about conflicts produces, even in some of the world’s most professional journalists and media outlets.” (Daoud Kuttab in International Review of the Red Cross, Dec 2007)
“Journalists have too often perpetuated the false notion that seemingly any issue can be cleanly divided into right and left, conservative and liberal, because these labels make our work simpler, supplying us with a handy structure we can impose at will on typically uncooperative facts.” (Peter Goodman in The Huffington Post, Feb 2011)
“What should sources expect from student journalists? For starters, a pledge to seek truth and provide a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Ethical journalists should treat sources as human beings deserving of respect. They should encourage the public to voice grievances over news coverage. All that and much more is in the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. There’s a deep ethical imperative to journalism, generally consistent with the core values at Goshen College.” (Duane C. S. Stoltzfus in Media Ethics Magazine)
“But how does a teacher train students for future employment in an industry that’s in the middle of a revolution, and in which finding steady work is far from certain?” (Bruce Kennedy in DailyFinance, Aug 2010)
“When a reporter covers a beat, they come up with story ideas via different methods — something in the industry that interests them, seeing a news hook another reporter may have alluded to (or missed), suggestions from their editor, and story ideas from a public relations team. And more often than not, reporters stay within the confines of their beat. Curators don’t have to.”
from Josh Sternberg’s Mashable article, March 2011.
“Students may, in fact, see journalistic codes of ethics as a kind of “use-in-case-of-emergency” guide. According to our conversations with top editors at 50 daily college papers across the U. S., they’re likely to reach for the code last when making day-to-day decisions.”