Use of Deception in Journalism

The importance for journalists to never deceive or use underhanded tactics when reporting a story is paramount for building and maintaining trust in the production of facts and news and for preserving democracy itself. 

But is it ever justifiable for journalists to use deception to get a story? It may be ethically dubious but it might also be allowed under certain conditions.

Andrea Carson is a Professor Political Communication in the Department of Politics, Media & Philosophy at La Trobe University, and spoke to 2SER Breakfast’s Jack Gembitsky about when it might be permissible to use deception when conducting journalism and the ethics surrounding this claim. 

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