9. Private and Confidential?

  1. Jane L. Chapman and
  2. Nick Nuttall

Published Online: 15 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch9

Journalism Today: A Themed History

Journalism Today: A Themed History

How to Cite

Chapman, J. L. and Nuttall, N. (2011) Private and Confidential?, in Journalism Today: A Themed History, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 5 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179539

Online ISBN: 9781444395372



  • ethics, a matter of judgment - private and confidential, communicating information from a fairly restricted palette;
  • cultural demands, that information imparted - being “true,” verifiable, and balanced;
  • consumers of news, aware that newspapers - can be less reliable than broadcast media in conveying the truth;
  • Maxwell's leading article in the Daily Mirror - headlines “FLEET ST. The party is over”;
  • codes of conduct, a twentieth-century phenomenon - control of press, overt and surreptitious;
  • codes of conduct and privacy - good journalism, to be exercised with discretion and principled restraint;
  • FactFile - privacy codes in the United States - The US, having more codes;
  • FactFile - Privacy Codes in Great Britain - British press, two major codes, the National Union of Journalists' (NUJ) Code of Conduct;
  • journalist's stock-in-trade - journalists viewing privacy issues, colored by attitude of courts to its supposed breach;
  • privacy, breach of confidence, and celebrity - notions of privacy, the “celebrity” appearing to be at a distinct disadvantage


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • FactFile: Privacy Codes in the United States

  • FactFile: Privacy Codes in Great Britain