Between truth and respect – towards an ethics of care in journalism

  • Carlos Camponez Departamento de Filosofia, Comunicação e Informação, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
Palavras-chave: Ethics of care, journalistic ethics, objectivity, vulnerability, respect


This article seeks to explore the contributions of an ethic of care for journalism. Far from refusing the objectivity paradigm, the ethics of care emphasizes the role of journalism in its engagement with the public sphere and democracy, stressing the social responsibility dimension based on respect for the different stakeholders in the complex process of information: the subject who informs, the public and the information sources; journalism as a professional culture. This perspective can be a response to the contradictions that we find across the normative field of journalism, tightly placed between the paradigm of objectivity, freedom of speech and the market demands. In a communication where the logics of commodification, entertainment and audiences prevail, the ethics of care based on respect can become an alternative response towards a new public contract and journalism’s credibility.


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Camponez, C. (2014). Between truth and respect – towards an ethics of care in journalism. Comunicação E Sociedade, 25, 124-136.
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