Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach

Paperback | March 16, 2010

EditorChristopher Meyers

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Since the introduction of radio and television news, journalism has gone through multiple transformations, but each time it has been sustained by a commitment to basic values and best practices. Journalism Ethics is a reminder, a defense and an elucidation of core journalistic values, with particular emphasis on the interplay of theory, conceptual analysis and practice. The book begins with a sophisticated model for ethical decision-making, one that connects classical theories with thecentral purposes of journalism. Top scholars from philosophy, journalism and communications offer essays on such topics as objectivity, privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, the history of journalism, online journalism, and the definition of a journalist. The result is a guide to ethicallysound and socially justified journalism-in whatever form that practice emerges. Journalism Ethics will appeal to students and teachers of journalism ethics, as well as journalists and practical ethicists in general.

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Since the introduction of radio and television news, journalism has gone through multiple transformations, but each time it has been sustained by a commitment to basic values and best practices. Journalism Ethics is a reminder, a defense and an elucidation of core journalistic values, with particular emphasis on the interplay of theory...

Christopher Meyers is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:March 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Christopher Meyers: IntroductionPart One: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations1. Ethics Theory and Decision-MakingChapter IntroductionDeni Elliott and David Ozar: 1. "An Explanation and a Method for the Ethics of Journalism"Renita Coleman: 2. "Moral Development and Journalism"2. History and JustificationChapter IntroductionStephanie Craft: 1. "Journalistic Independence as First Amendment Guarantee and Moral Obligation"Sandra Borden: 2. "The Moral Justification for Journalism"Herman Wasserman: 3. "The Search for Global Media Ethics"3. What is Journalism? Who is a Journalist?Chapter IntroductionMichael Davis: 1. "Why Journalism is a Profession"Jay Black: 2. "Who is a Journalist?"Jane Singer: 3. "The Practice of Journalism: Digital Journalism"4. ObjectivityChapter IntroductionStephen J.A. Ward: 1. "Inventing Objectivity: New Philosophical Foundations"Carrie Figdor: 2. "Is Objective News Possible?"Part Two: The Practice of Journalism5. The Business of JournalismChapter Introduction1. "Journalism's Tangled Web: Business, Ethics and Professional Practice,"Rick Edmonds: 2. "The Decline of the News Business"Marty Steffens: 3. "Covering a World that's Falling Apart, When Yours is Too"6. PrivacyChapter IntroductionClifford G. Christians: 1. "The Ethics of Privacy"Candace Gauthier: 2. "Understanding and Respecting Privacy"7. Approaching the News - Reporters and ConsumersChapter IntroductionJacqui Banaszynski: 1. "Conflicting Loyalties and Personal Choices"Edward Wasserman: 2. "A Robust Future for Conflict of Interest"Aaron Quinn: 3. "Respecting Sources' Confidentiality: Critical but not Absolute"Wendy Wyatt: 4. "Consumers and the News: The Ethical Responsibilities of News Consumers"8. Getting the StoryChapter IntroductionPatrick Lee Plaisance: 1. "The Ethos of 'Getting the Story'"Lee Wilkins: 2. "Mitigation Watchdogs: The Ethical Foundation for a Journalist's Role"9. Ethics and ImagesChapter IntroductionJulianne H. Newton and Rick Williams: 1. "Image Ethics in Personal and Public Domains"Paul Martin Lester: 2. "Ethics and Images: Five Major Concerns"