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I argue that journalistic integrity is compatible with moral integrity, because moral integrity – in addition to including regard for the agents weals and woes – also implies autonomy. A person with moral integrity is able to stand for, and by, ones moral and professional standards. The journalistic ideals of autonomy, objectivity, suspicion and impartiality – ideals that imply distance – can therefore be put into practice together with moral ideals such as showing concern, care, respect and consideration – ideals that imply proximity and understanding. Furthermore, I analyse the journalistic tendency to objectify the interviewees.
Only a few years ago a normative turn away from objective reporting in Norwegian climate change journalism took place. Journalists begun to ask themselves whether it was their job to rescue the planet. In this article, several dimensions of the ideal of objectivity are explored among Norwegian climate change journalists: balance, reflecting public opinion, truthfulness and neutrality. The truth-seeking ideal is illustrated by the conflict between political and natural realism in climate change politics: How large do cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases need to be? The author defends a critical realist ideal of objectivity, which does not have to be in contradiction with agenda-driven journalism.
For the first time in history there is a possibility of both liquid news production and full access to all the information in the same medium. The production in online newspapers is fluent in the way that both journalists and the public can add new information to already published articles. The audience has access to all information that is published unless it is withdrawn. The challenge for online newspapers is then to create a system that will make all the information available where it is possible for the audience to make priorities. Hyperlinks give an impression of freedom of choice, but it is difficult to make conscious choices based on the information offered.