JRN210 - Reporting Ethics and Legal

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Subject Title
Reporting Ethics and Legal

Subject Description
Students develop reporting skills with a focus on the courts, Indigenous issues and equality. They examine key legal and ethical issues facing Canadian journalists. The focus is practical and explains what a journalist needs to know to avoid legal problems (e.g. defamation). Students are taught what strategies should be adopted in dealing with ethical dilemmas associated with traditional and social media. They will also further refine their research and interviewing skills.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify a defamatory statement in Canadian law; explain and document defences to defamation under Canadian law; identify the limits of freedom of expression in Canada
  2. Explain and document copyright law and regulations that help journalists protect their intellectual property
  3. Explain and document the laws that apply to Canadian journalists when covering crime and the courts, including publication bans, the youth criminal justice act and sexual assault trials
  4. Identify ethical dilemmas; explain and document the relevant principles and strategies that journalists can apply when responding to ethical dilemmas
  5. Explain and document the particular ethical concerns related to reporting on Indigenous stories, race, gender and other issues of diversity and representation
  6. Analyse and document ethical concerns related to social media, citizen journalism and other emerging platforms
  7. Report on a news story with ethical and/or legal aspects to that story

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.