Ethics in financial journalism and the trade-off between sensitivity and sensationalism


The Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) has teamed up with the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism (FTFEĠ) and FinanceMalta (FM) to organise the first in a series of educational clinics on financial journalism.

The theme of the first session due on Tuesday 11 July 2017 is Ethics in financial journalism.

Business journalism is not like general journalism, with news reports likely to have effects on market prices and even entire economic sectors. This is where the ethical direction should guide members of the media in their tough choices and in giving the sorts of slants their stories require. In the rush to be ‘first out with the news’ should the media be prepared to go solely for the sensational?

The event will be held at the Hilton. Registration and refreshments take place at 13.00 and the event kicks off at 13.30 with introductory speeches by President Emeritus Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, Mr Franco Azzopardi and Mr John Huber.

Dr David Fabri, Head of the Department of Commercial Law, University of Malta, will be delivering a presentation on the trade-off between sensitivity and sensationalism in journalism. This will be followed by include a panel discussion with Q&A, moderated by Ms Angele Spiteri Paris. Panel members include Mr Franco Azzopardi, Dr David Fabri, Mr Godfrey Grima and Mr John Huber.

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of CPE.

Members of MIA, FTFEĠ and FM can benefit from a special fee, covering the session and refreshments.