The Watching World provides reviews, news and everything in between in the latest happenings in the film and television world. This website also explores the culturally changing landscape which is filmmaking, exploring both how filmmakers and theaters change in revolving cinematic state, while also expressing the merits and trappings of these new efforts. But mostly, it’s just a mouthpiece for me to talk about movies, really.
Will Ashton: Editor-in-Chief, Head Writer—A graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Will Ashton has been a major film fan since his very early days. He hopes to one day find a job that lets him watch, write and talk about movies all day — all while getting paid while doing so. That’s only sort of happened already. Follow him on Twitter at @thewillofash. Friend him on Facebook. That might be better. You can also e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you fancy. I always like to reach and engage with people, especially readers. You guys are the best.
In order to succeed in this field, I must establish a set of ethical codes that will help determine what I value most in this profession and what I need to strive for as a film critic and journalist. Those codes are listed below.
1. Always make sure outside sources, for example The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture, Deadline, to name a few, are quoted or referenced when used, as to make sure that no plagiarism is taking place.
2. Make sure advertising, from film studios and other sources, is clearly stated as so, as to make sure readers do not confuse ads for articles or news. If possible, refuse any articles that are sponsored by a company or product, so as to not deceive the public.
3. Make sure the distinction between film journalism and film criticism is clear, and that objectives of the writer are definitively noted and explained in any articles or reviews.
4. Make sure that the videos, trailers, interviews, photos, quotes and other forms of media are accurate and do not misrepresent those who are their subjects.
5. Avoid any and all conflicts of interest, if possible, in reviews and articles.
6. If mistakes are made in any articles or reviews, be sure to correct them and admit to any and all errors made.
7. Make sure that the film coverage is diverse and allows for a variety of ideas, information, interests and expressions to be heard and/or explored from readers, commentators and other sources.
8. Give all subjects as much respect and dignity as one can, especially in non-editorial articles. Respect should especially be given to those who have passed away or have been victims of tragedy or crime.
9. Seek out as much information and as many sources are possible for a story, particular if it is of high interest and importance. It’s important that any coverage of high interest is filled with as much useful, but relevant, information as possible.
10. Seek to understand the diversity found among readers and community and make sure that the articles do not report any biases or stereotypes.
11. Make sure that any information that is considered a rumor or is not entirely confirmed is reported as so, and make sure that, if is presented with anonymity, that questions are brought into the reporting.
12. Allow readers to comment on reviews and articles fairly and openly, and allow room for open conversations between the writer and the readers to be available, even if those opinions are different.
13. Make articles as diverse and unique as possible from other media sources and fellow film blogs. Make sure, however, that this diversion remains appropriate and timely to the news at hand and respectful to sources at hand as well.
14. Although the line between art and good taste is always in a state of flux, make sure that reporting remains in as good of taste in context to the topic as possible.