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You, a reporter currently working as an intern, accompanied a small group of reporters to a political event organized by the ruling party’s state unit. The party was followed by dinner where you were also asked to join. Here, you noticed that alcohol was being served to some members of the ruling party. Consumption of alcohol had been declared illegal in the state a few months ago and the ban is being enforced strictly across the state. The other reporters in your group ignored the issue and asked you to ignore it as well. However, it was clear to you that the law was not being followed.

Topic: Case study

7. You, a reporter currently working as an intern, accompanied a small group of reporters to a political event organized by the ruling party’s state unit. The party was followed by dinner where you were also asked to join. Here, you noticed that alcohol was being served to some members of the ruling party. Consumption of alcohol had been declared illegal in the state a few months ago and the ban is being enforced strictly across the state. The other reporters in your group ignored the issue and asked you to ignore it as well. However, it was clear to you that the law was not being followed.

Identify the issues involved in this scenario. What are your duties in such a scenario? What course of action would you follow and why? Explain. (250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications.

Why the question:

The question is a case study based on ethical issues like political apathy, insensitivity and lack of values.

Key Demand of the question:

Identify the issues in the case study and analyse it while giving your course of action.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the nuances of the case study .

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Discuss issues such as political apathy, insensitivity and lack of values.

Highlight the duties as an ethical journalist and a responsible citizen.

Discuss the action which you would take.

Conclusion:

Present your course of action and reason it.