What legal issues can arise from this?
Mobile phones can be taken just about anywhere- the problems with this is that we don’t always know when we are being filmed, and depending on where you are in the world this could be perfectly legal or completely unethical.
With the speed in which Journalists are having to upload their stories, they are bound to make some errors along the way. Burum & Quinn (2015, p.266) reiterate the importance of knowledge and training in the field of ethics for the Journalists of today.
What is ethical training?
Many news organisations have their own code of ethics which they encourage. One of the main unions in Australia for Journalists is the MEAA. In their words they explain what is considered important in regards to ethics and the legalities for Journalists under their union.
Respect for truth and the public’s right to information are fundamental principles of journalism. Journalists search, disclose, record, question, entertain, comment and remember. They inform citizens and animate democracy. They scrutinise power, but also exercise it, and should be responsible and accountable.
Burum, I, Quinn, S 2015, MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook : How to Make Broadcast Videos with an iPhone or iPad, Focal Press, Burlington, MA.
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2016, MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, date retrieved 2 October 2016, https://www.meaa.org/meaa-media/code-of-ethics/.