Considering Slander and Libel

Libel, or written defamation of character, is something journalists need to stay away from. It can completely damage the reputation of the writer and the publication they work for. Most companies do have libel insurance to cover their writers in order to wholly defend them against lawsuits. If a journalist sticks with reporting the truth, they can easily avoid libel or slander.

Regardless of the guidelines set forth by pioneering journalists, there are instances where the codes and principles are not followed. When this happens, major implications are faced, like loss of reputation or even careers. The two most common complaints when it comes to breaking the journalistic codes of ethics are involving media bias and sensationalism.

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