Professional ethics essential for journalists
Senior Lecturer and the writing course co-ordinator of the Economics
Department of University of Massachasetts, John R. Stifler, conducting a
two day professional workshop for media personnel categorically stated
that the main duty of a journalist is to express the views without fear
or favour but within the framework of accepted professional ethics.
He further stated that the functions of the Sub Editor is to see that
an elegant, logical, informative and accurate news items are presented
to the newspapers.
Sub Editors functions (commonly known as subbing) covers a vast
spectrum. In addition to grammar and fundamental rules and regulations
of a language, sub editors are expected to have a sound knowledge of
whatever articles or writings that they are presenting for final
He pointed out that the Sub Editors should always try to curtail
unnecessary rigmarole, repetition and exaggerations.The above workshop
was conducted by the Sri Lanka - United States Fullbright Scholarship
Commission to enhance the professional standards and a number of Sub
Editors from different Print Media organisations participated. A number
of individual and group presentations written by the participants were
scrutinized and edited by the Lecturer John R. Stifler.