Authors: Tendai Chari
The study combines a survey questionnaire and semi-structured interviews to elicit data on the ethical challenges faced by Zimbabwean journalists as a result of using email, mobile phones and the Internet in their newsgathering and dissemination operations. Results reveal a dialectical impact of new media technologies on journalism and suggest that, the Internet, email and cellular phone are viewed as enhancers as well as obstacles to ethical journalism. The paper argues that the practice of ethical journalism should be viewed as circumscribed by the interaction of a complex web of structural, institutional and socio-economic factors, both internal and external to the environment in which journalism is practiced.
Keywords: Ethical Practice; New Communication Technologies; Malpractices; Sociology of Journalism; Zimbabwe