Practices of Journalistic Ethics in the Newsroom: Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation ETV News Channel in Focus:

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አዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርስቲ


The media have the responsibility of serving the people by providing fair, balanced and accurate stories in a responsible manner. The purpose of Journalism is to help the public by feeding truth information for better life. EBC is state media, have also double responsibility as a bridge between society and government as well as main tool for national consensus. But rises complain on practice of journalistic ethics. The profession violated and affected by many factors. The purpose of this study is to explore the practice of journalism ethics in the newsroom focusing on Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC). Quantitative and qualitative research approach was employed for the study; survey questionnaire and indepth interview were used as specific methods for gathering the data. A total sample of 126 journalists was randomly selected to fill the survey questionnaire and 10 media professionals like media managers, chief editor, editors, producers and reporters were purposefully selected for the in-depth interview to support the findings from the questionnaire. As a result, Journalists, while producing news stories the major respondents have explain that; objectivity, social responsibility, conflicts of interest, were affected for fair and balanced report in different ways. In this particular research topic the researchers also able to find many details for internal and external factors of journalists that influence ethical journalism profession in the newsroom. Some of them are political factor, financial dependence, selfcensorship, personal biases, organizational agenda, small group influence, psychological factors, subjective judgments and others. Therefore, based on the findings, it is recommended that, the media should independent (politically and economically), media managers stand for professional journalistic ethics, train journalists to build confidence, create journalists responsible and loyalist to profession. Ethical journalism needs attention from media houses leaders and government as well as policy makers.



Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation ETV news channel in Focus