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What is the Role of ther Journalist?

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  • Submitted: 14/03/2009
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What Is The Role of a Journalist?

This essay will discuss the question what is the role of a journalist? Firstly, it will show that Britain has a free press and attempt to explain what free press means. It will then try to identify the different types of journalist common in the media today, with focus on print journalism. Additionally, it will argue that it is fundamental that all journalists abide by a professional and ethical code of conduct.

Britain has a free press. There is no censor and no licensing, and anyone can publish a newspaper provided he or she does not break the law in doing so. (Hogson, 1994, p.153).

British press is private; the Government has no control over publication, nor is it allowed to own any shares in press companies and no aide is granted. However, British press does receive exemption from the payment of VAT. The press is allowed full access to Parliament, and Governmental operations are commented on daily in news reports. Britain however, has no written constitution and freedom of the press exists here by consensus only (Belsley & Chadwick, 2006).

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