Seminar on ‘Journalists’ professional autonomy and journalism ethics’

MEDIADEM researchers travelled to Jyväskylä, project, explaining how various ‘traditional’ media accountability instruments, such as press councils and newsroom ombudsmen, as well as emerging forms of accountability online operate in different media systems across Europe.  In her presentation on ‘New challenges in journalism ethics’, Nina Porra, Secretary at the Council for Mass Media in Finland, addressed the practices of the Council in self-regulating journalistic output, and assessed its effectiveness in encouraging ethical practice. Subsequently, Riitta Ollila, Lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä, gave a presentation on ‘Ethics of journalism and regal rules’, providing an overview of the various mechanisms of journalists’ self-regulation in Finland and the problems they face. She also discussed the legal rules enacted to balance journalists’ right to freedom of expression vis-à-vis the rights of individuals. The final presentation was that of Ville Grahn, Digital media manager at the Keskisuomalainen (Finnish regional newspaper) on ‘Ethical practices in the newsroom’, who focused on the newsroom policy of Keskisuomalainen and raised attention to the day to day challenges for good professional practice.

In the panel discussion that followed speakers and participants reflected upon the principal constraints on journalists’ autonomy and ethical performance, exchanging views on the various topics discussed during the day.

The agenda of the workshop is available here.