Etiske eksperter i medierne

Oliver Bærentsen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

In this thesis, I draw the attention to the role of ethical experts in the media. With regards to ethical experts there appear to be certain special conditions and questions in play. My ambition is to illuminate and analyze which factors influence the concept of ‘ideal expertise’ when this kind of expertise becomes a part of the production process of one of the three biggest Danish daily newspapers with their short deadlines and limited physical space. In my analysis of two different definitions of expertise I derive a list of minimum requirements. Within the field of journalism, to be considered an expert it is required that one has knowledge within a defined area, which may be academic, and that one is institutionally independent. Within the field of philosophy, however, I conclude that the requirements to be considered an expert are ethical knowledge and reasoning skills. It appears, when examining the empirical evidence, that most of these requirements are being met in the chosen focus of the media. However, the pressure of the production of the daily morning newspapers compromises the validity of the reasoning of ethical arguments. E.g., the limited space of the columns may make editors leave out essential parts of the line of reasoning or the perspective of the argument.

EducationsJournalism, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
LanguageDanish
Publication date2 Sep 2013
SupervisorsLeif Becker Jensen