Carolina Journal Publisher Jon Ham weighs in on changes in journalism — including stepping away from a focus on ethics.

When I was in J-school, we talked about “journalistic ethics” a lot. I know, I know, many say that’s a contradiction in terms, but we took the issue seriously.

Imagine my surprise when I learned recently that ethics literally had been expunged from journalism. Below are two graphics depicting the “Pyramid of Journalism.” The top one was reconstructed by me from a description in a recent story on the website of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, sort of a liberal think tank on the media based in St. Petersburg, Fla. It depicts the pyramid as envisioned in 1997 by the Poynter faculty.

Click here to see the graphics Ham is discussing.