Ethics for Journalists / Edition 2

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Ethics for Journalists tackles many of the issues which journalists face in their everyday lives - from the media's supposed obsession with sex, sleaze and sensationalism, to issues of regulation and censorship. Its accessible style and question and answer approach highlights the relevance of ethical issues for everyone involved in journalism, both trainees and professionals, whether working in print,
broadcast or new media.
Ethics for Journalists provides a comprehensive overview of ethical dilemmas and features interviews with a number of journalists, including the celebrated investigative reporter Phillip Knightley. Presenting a range of imaginative strategies for improving media standards and supported by a thorough bibliography and a wide ranging list of websites, Ethics for Journalists,
second edition, considers many problematic subjects including:

  • representations of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, mental health and suicide
  • ethics online -
    'citizen journalism' and its challenges to 'professionalism'
  • controversial calls for a privacy law to restrain the power of the press
  • journalistic techniques such as sourcing the news, doorstepping, deathknocks and the use of subterfuge
  • the handling of confidential sources and the dilemmas of war and peace reporting.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
According to recent surveys, opinion polls rank journalists below politicians in public trust, and over half of the U.S. population does not believe that news reports are accurate. Keeble (journalism, City Univ., London) ties this crisis of confidence to the complex ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary media workers. In this book, he presents ethical challenges as questions with a wide range of potential responses. Most chapter subsection headings are phrased as questions, such as "Should it be possible for journalists to pay sources?" or "When a government wages war, should journalists automatically give it their support?" Chapters on sourcing problems, sleaze coverage, the tabloidization of the news, racism, the representation of diverse groups, and war reporting are included. Many of the examples used to illustrate the discussion are drawn from British journalism and may be unfamiliar to American readers. Intended for journalism students and professionals, this book is appropriate for academic collections. Judy Solberg, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Drawing from interviews with journalists, this book describes common ethical dilemmas and strategies for improving current standards of conduct. Ten chapters consider representations of minorities, privacy rights, the use of sources, sleaze, war reporting, the influence of advertising, and other controversies. Keeble teaches journalism at City University, London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415430760
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2008
  • Series: Media Skills Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Keeble is director of undergraduate studies a City University, London, and a former editor of The Teacher. He is the author of The Newspapers Handbook, now in its third edition.
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Table of Contents

1 Ethical controversies today: an overview 1
2 Regulating the mainstream media: dawdling in the last chance saloon? 13
3 At the root of relationships: sourcing dilemmas 26
4 The ethics of sleaze coverage: privacy, bugging, surveillance and subterfuge 47
5 Dumbing down or dumbing up? The tabloidisation controversy 61
6 Race/anti-racism matters 71
7 Getting the representation right: tackling issues over gender, mental health, disability, HIV/AIDS and gays/lesbians 84
8 Battling for news: the dilemmas of war reporting (and not just on the frontline) 97
9 Constraints on journalists 110
10 The ethical challenge: how you may respond 124
11 And finally: more useful websites 147
Bibliography 148
Index 157
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