Examining education and newsroom work experience as predictors of communication students’ perceptions of journalism ethics
Detenber, Benjamin H.
Neo, Rachel L.
Date of Issue2012
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This study examines education and work experience in newsrooms as predictors of ethical perceptions amongst communication undergraduates at a large Singaporean university (N= 826). Results indicate that education is associated with ethical ideologies, perceived importance of journalism ethics codes, justifiability of using contentious news gathering methods and concern towards journalistic plagiarism and fabrication. However, in this context education is not a significant predictor of agreement with ethical principles or support for sanctions against journalistic plagiarism and fabrication. Ethical ideologies (idealism and relativism) are associated with ethical principles and the degree to which using contentious news gathering methods is justifiable. Work experience in newsrooms is associated with perceived justifiability of using contentious news gathering methods but not with ethical ideologies. The pattern of results was not entirely as predicted, and may be a function of the way journalism is practiced and perceived in Singapore.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Journalism::Ethics and religion aspects
Journalism & mass communication educator
© 2012 AEJMC. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, AEJMC. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077695811428884].