Ethical considerations

“Bournemouth University is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in all its activities, including projects such as this one.  You are responsible for ensuring that your work meets these standards.”

As a journalism student putting together a documentary for BBC Radio 4 I made sure all of the Editorial Guidelines are followed.

3.1. – Accuracy

“The BBC is committed to achieving due accuracy.  This commitment is fundamental to our reputation and the trust of audiences, which is the foundation of the BBC.  It is also a requirement under the Agreement accompanying the BBC Charter.”

I have only used first hand sources and all of the information that has been used in this documentary is accurate and has been gathered in order to reflect the truth.


Section 4 – Impartiality

“Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences.  It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines.  We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of views is appropriately reflected.”

I have tried to be as impartial and inclusive as possible while producing this documentary, creating a balanced piece. My first interviewee Lesley Low knew her daughter had Down’s while she was still pregnant and had the chance to have an abortion, yet she chose to keep the baby. My second interviewee, on the other hand, had no idea she was carrying a baby with Down’s and it was really difficult for her to take it in, even considering giving the baby up for adoption. She had to make the decision whether to keep it or not once the baby was already there. Both of my interviewees were in different situations and went through a different thought process, so I am presenting both sides.


7.4.1 – Privacy and Consent

“When contributors give informed consent to take part in our output, they can be assumed to have waived their expectations of privacy in relation to their contribution, subject to any agreed conditions placed on their participation.”

Both of my interviewees have given an informed consent for all the content to be edited and published online.


Copyright – OFCOM

“The current act is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The law gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, sound recordings, broadcasts, films and typographical arrangement of published editions, rights to control the ways in which their material may be used.”

All of the music in this documentary will be considered and downloaded from copyright free websites which give me permission to use the content. No sound will be used without permission.



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