The Role Of Conventional Publishing And The Responsibility Of Reporting Crisis

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The role of conventional publishing

To analyze the role played by traditional journalism, the ethics of crisis reporting and the responsibility of reporting crisis should be firstly considered. Sue Tait (2011: 1221) sees bearing witness as ‘a rationale for journalistic presence’. When journalists encountered the atrocity, their responsibility is not to intervene, but to express their inability to the crisis and inform the audience of the suffering, thus it facilitates the response and reaction from the audience (Tait, 2011: 1227). This is a constitutive factor in bearing witness, which Tait (2011: ) calls ‘response-ability’. ‘To bear witness is to take responsibility for truth’ (Felman, 2000: 103-4, cited in Tait, 2011: 1226), but it does not barely communicate the facts. Tait (2011: 1226) argues that bearing witness should be framed as something beyond the passive act of seeing because eye-witnessing cannot necessarily conjure responsibility. In stead, bearing witness is more active and its discourse aims to share the responsibility for an event with the viewers and affectively transmit a moral obligation of public response (Tait, 2011: 1227). Clark (2014: 29) agrees that the purpose of responsible journalism is public comprehension on issues of importance that can turn into action.

The conventional journalism inevitably faces many risks. Following the principles of truth-seeking and truth-telling is essential for journalists to fulfill their responsibility, but to tell…

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