Journalists’ Professional Ethics: The Issues for the Codification Paradigm

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Viktor M. Khroul

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Sociology of Mass Communications, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: Sociology of Journalism

The analysis of new international documents on media self-regulation, ethical problems and dysfunctions of control mechanisms (in particular, the scandal in the UK) leads the author of the paper to the conclusion on media ethics “codification paradigm" crisis. Author proposes to focus journalism education more precisely on conscience formation in addition to learning “voluntary submission” within the frame of codification paradigm, which is getting more and more insufficient. Author suggests that such an educational turn is very important in Russian conditions of values corruption.

Keywords: media self-regulation, journalism ethics, codification paradigm, conscience, accountability