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13 February 2019

Ethics and the media

Mark Subryan is a PhD student researching the ethical practices of journalism.

Mark Subryan, PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University

'Between 1998 and 2014, I worked as a journalist in Canada at newspapers and online multi-media platforms,' he says.

'While the Canadian ethical landscape is significantly different from the UK’s, I have always been cognisant and contemplative about the ethical roles journalists play in disseminating news.

'My PhD aims to investigate journalist identity and journalism practices and discourse in the UK. The aim of my research will be to examine and determine if the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press had its desired impact or if it is business as usual at the nation’s newspapers.

'I hope to understand what journalists think their role in society is, what the community of practice is within newsrooms to foster ethical journalism and if specific discourse is being used to shape ideology behind stories.

'I draw my motivation from society’s perception of journalists and journalism. After the phone hacking scandal, public opinion on journalism was at an all-time low.'

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