Philosophical Issues in Journalism

Paperback | March 1, 1992

EditorElliot D. Cohen

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Bringing together major writings on a wide range of conceptual issues underlying the theory and practice of journalism, this unique anthology covers topics such as what makes a story newsworthy, journalism and professional ethics, the right of free speech, privacy and news sources, politicsand the power of the press, objectivity and bias, and the education of journalists. Including papers by key contemporary and classical authors such as Walter Lippmann, Joshua Halberstam, Tom L. Beauchamp, Fred Smoller, Edward J. Epstein, Herbert Gans, John Stuart Mill, Philip Meyer, and Theodore L.Glasser, this book introduces provocative issues in press ethics and philosophy that color or determine much of what we see and hear in today's media.

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Bringing together major writings on a wide range of conceptual issues underlying the theory and practice of journalism, this unique anthology covers topics such as what makes a story newsworthy, journalism and professional ethics, the right of free speech, privacy and news sources, politicsand the power of the press, objectivity and bi...

Elliot D. Cohen is at Indian River Community College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.55 × 8.27 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019506898X

ISBN - 13:9780195068986

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Table of Contents

General IntroductionChapter 1. What Makes a Story "Newsworthy?"Joshua Halberstam: A Prolegomenon for a Theory of NewsBerny Morson: The Significant FactsChapter 2. Morality, Competence, and Journalistic ExcellenceStephen Klaidman and Tom L. Beauchamp: The Virtuous Journalist: Morality in JournalismStephen H. Daniel: Some Conflicting Assumptions of Journalistic EthicsChapter 3. Publication and Free SpeechJohn Stuart Mill: Liberty of Thought and DiscussionJudith Andre: "Censorship": Some DistinctionsChapter 4. Privacy, News Sources, and the Refusal to TestifyW. A. Parent: Privacy, Morality, and the LawPhilip Meyer: The Reporter's Refusal to TestifyChapter 5. Political Power and the MediaCharles Green: The Role of the Media in Shaping Public Policy: The Myth of Power and the Power of MythFred Smoller: Network News Coverage of the Presidency: Implications for DemocracyChapter 6. Objectivity and News ReportingWalter Lippmann: Stereotypes, Public Opinion, and the PressTheodore L. Glasser: Objectivity and News BiasChapter 7. Multiperspectivism and the Problem of News DistortionHerbert J. Gans: Multiperspectival NewsJay Newman: Some Reservations about Multiperspectival NewsChapter 8. Logical Foundations of News ReportingS. Holly Stocking and Paget H. Gross: Understanding Errors and Biases That Can Affect JournalistsHoward Kahane: Devices of News Slanting in the Print MediaEdward Jay Epstein: Organizational Biases of Network News ReportingChapter 9. Philosophy and Journalistic EducationAnthony Serafini: Applying Philosophy to JournalismFranklin Donnell: What Can Philosophy Do for a Journalist?Each chapter ends with Discussion Questions:

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"This volume is welcome...its potential to enrich a variety of courses within the journalism and mass communication curriculum is limited only by the ingenuity of the instructors choosing to adopt it."--Journalism Quarterly