Every journalist recognizes the value of ethics in reporting, and each has their own line when it comes to ethics.  Dr. Balmert, a professor of communications at Carlow University, stresses that “As a journalist, especially a journalist reporting on global issues, we have a duty to abide to a strong ethical code while presenting the truth to those who cannot find it on their own.” Dr. Balmert believes that no ethic code can answer your own question to run with it or just leave it behind, and advises young reporters to trust their instincts when faced with an ethics dilemma. Balmert personally believes that some things are left better unsaid, and that one should always consider the impact on families and other involved parties before publishing, a point reinforced by Jason Snyder, a freelance photographer who knows that some photos are not always meant for the public eye.

 Jen Saffron, an experienced documentary writer and recorder, raises another facet to consider regarding ethics. She stressed the value and dignity of each human person, and encourages reporters to accurately report the names of their sources, along with information such as age or profession. Saffron herself said that if she cannot release a sources name she will most likely not use that source. She advises reporters to also make their best effort to respect the cultural differences  in ethics and manners. 

Balmert also feels that ethics go beyond just being a reporter but in everyday life such as friendships and other jobs. Basically ethics relates to all social interactions, and should be a carefully considered topic. Dr. Balmert shared an inspiring quote from one of his favorite writers, Anna Quindlen, that effectively conveys the importance of adhering to a high standard of ethics in journalism. “…The ultimate act of bravery does not take place on the battlefield. It takes place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, you intellect, you inclinations, and yes, your soul by listening to its clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied message of a timid world.” 

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