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Why Hyping Transparency Distorts Journalism Ethics

by on November 17, 2013

Stephen Ward wrote, “When transparency is “out of place” — when it’s over-hyped and replaces important values — it distorts the ethics of democracy and media. An understanding of what transparency can and cannot achieve is important because, across Western society, it is invoked as a master norm”

I thought this was an interesting article covering a topic we have talked about often: how much do you disclose to your audience? Of course transparency is key in letting your readers understand your objectivity. But where do we draw the line between enough and too much transparency? 

The article talks about the importance of a journalist to be non-transparent at points in their work. Journalists should always remain accountable but do not always need to give every single part of the story to protect privacy. He also says that independence and transparency are not interchangeable. Transparency is not an excuse for not being as objective as possible.


What do you think about this article? Do you think transparency is bad for journalism?


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