Harm Limitation Principle
One of the highest esteemed ethics in journalism is the harm limitation principle, which is the act of determining what information to report and how to report it. Journalists handle a lot of very sensitive information in their careers, so it is imperative that they do everything in their power to decide if certain information should be shared with the public. There are explicit guidelines in place in order to assist journalists in making these decisions.
It is important for journalists, as well as publications, to be highly understanding with sources who could possibly be negatively impacted by stories ran. Children or victims of sex crimes are treated with care, their identities hidden. It is also critical for a journalist to remember to balance the audience's right for information with the suspect's fair trial rights. These are just a few of the guidelines set in place for the harm limitation principle.
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