The need for ethical reflection on newsgathering techniques on television: hidden camera and sensationalism
The article discusses the need to deepen the study of newsgathering techniques as mechanisms that contribute to make reality spectacular, especially on television. It also analyzes hidden camera as a newsgathering method that implies serious ethical risks. Among them are: its accusatory character, its Manichean approach or the journalists´ active role in action. It finally performs a content analysis of two of the reports recorded with hidden camera in one of the programs that uses this technique more regularly, Diario D on chanel Cuatro.