The Virtuous Journalist

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byStephen Klaidman, Tom L. Beauchamp

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This book combines the insights of a seasoned journalist with those of a philosopher to provide a penetrating and comprehensive guide to the ethics of news reporting. Drawing on a wealth of real-life cases, The Virtuous Journalist melds for the first time a conceptual analysis of the criticalmoral problems in journalism with a solid understanding of the constraints and possibilities faced by the print and electronic media. The authors are not First Amendment absolutists but believe nonetheless that, in a democracy, the media should be subjected to minimal legal restraint. They alsoargue that freedom from legal restraint requires increased moral responsibility. Among the specific topics treated in the book are notions of morality and fairness, journalistic competence, standards of objectivity and accuracy, avoiding bias, avoiding harm, notions of public service, and maintaining public trust. Specific cases discussed include the controversysurrounding the CBS documentary "The Uncounted Enemy" and recent reporting on the AIDS epidemic. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the role the press plays in influencing social, economic, and political choices in modern life.

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This book combines the insights of a seasoned journalist with those of a philosopher to provide a penetrating and comprehensive guide to the ethics of news reporting. Drawing on a wealth of real-life cases, The Virtuous Journalist melds for the first time a conceptual analysis of the criticalmoral problems in journalism with a solid u...

Stephen Klaidman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, and has been a journalist for the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Tom L. Beauchamp is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute and author or co-author o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. The Idea of Journalism Ethics2. Reaching for Truth3. Reporting Unbiased Facts4. Avoiding Harms5. Providing Benefits6. Fostering Trust and Credibility7. Respecting Privacy and Maintaining Confidentiality8. Manipulating by Influence9. Remaining Accountable

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"An impressive guide to where philosophy can improve media criticism."--Library Journal