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Ambush Journalism Ambush is the act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise Journalism is the occupation of reporting writing editing photographing or broadcasting news Ambush Journalism is commonly seen in American public affairs and tabloid programs Ambush Journalism has been around for as long as we can remember and will continue to be around in the future The question however is if Ambush Journalism is ethical or not This is a very hard question to answer First who decides what is ethical That judgement is left in the hands of both journalist and the public Some journalists use this technique to obtain the latest and hottest news the outcome can sometimes be damaging or viewed as unethical Other journalists refuse to use this technique because they feel that it violates the basic journalistic standards of balance and fairness Day pg136 The public on the other hand wants to know everyones private business so much that they sometimes do not care how it might affect the person or persons that the news is about However if they were to be the subject of Ambush Journalism themselves they would most likely not like it at all Is this subject a gray area Yes it is a gray area because there is no set line or black and white answer of what is right or wrong Take a murder trial for instance If a murder trial is covered in one way that shows the emotions of the victims family in an interview after a not guilty verdict is decided then this could be viewed as unethical This form of Ambush Journalism can be very rewarding and destructive at the same time While getting the raw emotions of the family could be good it could also be viewed as an invasion of the familys privacy as well as disrespectful However if the same trial is covered
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