Making the Ethical Choice
Are the ethical choices journalists must make always black or white? Test your own opinions in this interactive.
To begin, select from any of the scenarios listed below. Read each scenario and click on the statement that closest fits what you would do. Based on your choice, you'll face a new situation in which you will be asked to make your final decision. Each scenario concludes with an evaluation presenting the preferred ethical approach.
Because journalism ethics cannot be outlined in a rigid set of rules, a "correct answer" is not specified at the end of each scenario, and you will not get a final score. Instead, you can judge how close you came to the preferable course of action in the final evaluation for each scenario.
Interactive by Lisa Greeves, English and journalism teacher in Virginia