Ethical Issues Faced by Small Town Print Journalists
Being a print journalist in a small town comes with its own distinct challenges – I would know, as the majority of my experience as a working journalist was with small, community newspapers. Although journalists in larger organizations covering more populated and diverse areas may think small town journalists are small time, that is pretty far from the truth. Small town journalists in many cases face ethical issues on a more regular basis than journalists working for large publications, since the work of small town journalists is under constant scrutiny of friends, neighbors and acquaintances. This research paper explores the most common ethical small town journalists face, from favoritism in advertising to relationships with sources.