What to do with Reporters Caught Fabricating Information.
As the chief editor of this metropolitan daily newspaper, discovering that one of my reporters was fabricating sources and making up facts, I fired the reporter. The social responsibility of the news media is that it portrays the news in an ethical manner and not falsifies any of the news or the sources used.
On learning of the potential unethical behavior, the newspaper investigated the recent stories copied by this reporter and found fabricated items and sources. Because the role required of the media in delivering the news to the readers, in a professional and ethical manner I, as the chief editor, wrote, an apology to the readers. In this apology, I explain that paperâ€™s obligation in the role to deliver the news to the readers in an ethical manner. This means that the paper has a social responsibility of a news media outlet to research and provide the most accurate information that the newspaper can, without making up information and becoming the news itself.
This company would rather report the news than become the news. As the editor, I would write a list of the recent stories that this reporter has done, list the description of the inaccurate information, and where possible a show the corrections in a chronological order by story and shall list as such. The information I would list with my letter to the public to explain what happened and apologizes to everyone for the errors. In the letter there will be a website listed for the newspaper, stating to go to the editors page for a more in-depth explanation. Explaining in the continuing efforts to create an ethical and responsible media of reporting, keeping the public updated on the news and current events, which this company strives to do its best. I would ask for understanding from the public and have it known that this is not typical of the reporters. Reporters of this...