ETHICS AND THE RIGHTS & DUTIES OF A BROADCASTER

Brief summary of activity

Lecture and case study

Aim of the activity

To explore:The difference between ethics, morals and public opinion The issue of the relativity of values and a discussion on the value vacuum (equality) Code of professional values Freedom of speech The values of free media The legal definition of mass media with a focus on radio The legal definition of a journalist

Expected Outcomes

To raise awareness of the great responsibility that journalists/broadcasters/people working in the mass media have towards society To increase awareness of the legal framework of an all-round broadcaster’s work

experience and skills required

Background knowledge of media law and regulation, and of the professional codes in the country/region.

infrastructure, setting, resources

For visually impaired/blind participants and trainees with learning difficulties, a room with video/audio playback might be required.

Materials

Handouts Audio materials

How the activity should take place

The instructor will give a lecture on the typical conflict of values and interests and their influence on radio production within the all-round broadcaster model; methods and techniques for overcoming these conflicts in the context of Western European culture. There will be a case study on the conflict between the public's interest to be informed and the fundamental human right of protection of one’s dignity. Examples of good practice will be given. The participants will be asked to find a publication where this conflict of interest is evident. This can be done as homework and then discussed with the instructor in the classroom.

Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio

10 (visually impaired/blind participants and trainees with learning difficulties, 4 to 1)

Risk and possible adaptation

For Vision impaired / Blind participants and trainees with learning difficulties, it is a good idea to use audio (for the first group) or video recordings of the cases presented.

Tips for Trainers

Make the session as interactive as possible to ensure participants remain engaged during the workshop.

For visually impaired/blind participants and trainees with learning difficulties, it is a good idea to use audio or video recordings to illustrate the cases presented.

Analysis and evaluation

Do the participants understand:The difference between ethics, morals and public opinion The issue of the relativity of values and equalityCode of professional values Freedom of speech The values of free media The legal definition of mass media with a focus on radio The legal definition of a journalist

Scheduling

Before or alongside Research
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