The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News / Edition 1

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The Ethical Journalist gives aspiring journalists the tools they need to make responsible professional decisions.

  • Provides a foundation in applied ethics in journalism
  • Examines the subject areas where ethical questions most frequently arise in modern practice
  • Incorporates the views of distinguished print, broadcast and online journalists, exploring such critical issues as race, sex, and the digitalization of news sources
  • Illustrated with 24 real-life case studies that demonstrate how to think in 'shades of gray' rather than 'black and white'
  • Includes questions for class discussion and guides for putting important ethical concepts to use in the real world
  • Accompanying website includes model course schedules, discussion guides, PowerPoint slides, sample quiz and exam questions and links to additional readings online:
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405183949
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 560,780
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Foreman joined the Penn State faculty in 1998 after retiring from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he managed newsroom operations for more than 25 years under various titles-managing editor, executive editor and deputy editor. He also was a vice president of the company. He was president of the Associated Press Managing Editors in 1990 and was a member of the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors from 1995 to 1998.
At Penn State, he was the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor from 1999 until his retirement from full-time teaching in December 2006. He taught courses in news editing, news media ethics, and newspaper management. In 2003, Foreman received two awards for excellence in teaching in the College of Communications-the Deans' Award and the Alumni Society Award.
As a visiting professor, he continues to direct the Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers, in which acclaimed journalists are brought to campus to discuss their experiences and techniques.
Lecture by Gene Foreman at Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock: is and board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Journalism Genes xvii

Preface xx

Acknowledgments xxii

Part I: A Foundation for Making Ethical Decisions 1

1 Why Ethics Matters in Journalism 3

2 Ethics: The Bedrock of a Society 16

3 The News Media's Role in Society 24

4 For Journalists, a Clash of Moral Duties 39

5 The Public and the Media: Love and Hate 56

6 Applying Four Classic Theories of Ethics 74

7 Using a Code of Ethics as a Decision Tool 83

8 Making Moral Decisions You Can Defend 105

Part II: Exploring Themes of Ethics Issues in Journalism 121

9 Stolen Words, Invented Facts . . . Or Worse 123

10 Confl icts of Interest: Divided Loyalties 137

11 The Business of Producing Journalism 159

12 Getting the Story Right and Being Fair 183

13 Dealing With Sources of Information 208

14 Making News Decisions About Privacy 229

15 Making News Decisions About Taste 252

16 Deception, a Controversial Reporting Tool 268

17 Covering a Diverse, Multicultural Society 288

18 Ethics Issues Specific to Web Journalism 313

19 Ethics Issues Specific to Visual Journalism 336

20 Ethics in the Changing Media Environment 360

Conclusion: Some Thoughts to Take With You 378

Case Study Sources 381

Index 392

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