Ethics in Media Communications: Cases and Controversies / Edition 1

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You'll find yourself engaged firsthand in controversial issues in the Second Edition of Ethics in Media Communications. As you take on the role of ethical decision maker, you'll analyze rich and original case studies, arrive at your own conclusions - and master the process of moral reasoning. Author Louis A. Day prepares you for the journey by providing a clear decision-making model - a framework to help you structure your thinking. Along the way, familiar examples - the O. J. Simpson trial, the Waco standoff, and the Oklahoma City bombing - illustrate the complex nature of ethics in our society. You'll contemplate ethical concerns from journalism, advertising, PR, and entertainment by focusing on the underlying values common to them all - truth, privacy, confidentiality, and social justice. You'll grapple with issues of race, gender, age, and sexual orientation. And you'll consider perhaps the broadest question of all: Are there universal standards to which media practitioners should aspire?
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Combining ethical theory with the practice of ethics by media professionals, this text introduces a moral reasoning method and presents hypothetical situations for students to make ethical decisions. Foundation chapters cover ethics and moral development, ethics and society, and moral reasoning. The bulk of the book is made up of cases which represent a variety of moral dilemmas confronted by media workers such as newspaper editors, a university's public relations officer, an advertising professional, and staff at a TV news department. The author is affiliated with Louisiana State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534147846
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ethics and Moral Development 2
Ch. 2 Ethics and Society 20
Ch. 3 Ethics and Moral Reasoning 50
Ch. 4 Truth and Honesty in Media Communications 72
Ch. 5 The Media and Privacy: A Delicate Balance 114
Ch. 6 Confidentiality and the Public Interest 154
Ch. 7 Conflicts of Interest 184
Ch. 8 Economic Pressures and Social Responsibility 214
Ch. 9 The Media and Antisocial Behavior 242
Ch. 10 Morally Offensive Content: Freedom and Responsibility 276
Ch. 11 Media Practitioners and Social Justice 307
Ch. 12 Stereotypes in Media Communications 338
Ch. 13 Media Content and Juveniles: Special Ethical Concerns 360
Ch. 14 The Global Community and Shared Ethical Values 385
Epilogue 414
Appendix 1 Society of Professional Journalists: Code of Ethics 421
Appendix 2 American Society of Newspaper Editors: Statement of Ethical Principles 423
Appendix 3 Radio-Television News Directors Association: Code of Broadcast News Ethics 425
Appendix 4 American Advertising Federation: Advertising Principles of American Business 426
Appendix 5 Public Relations Society of America: Code of Professional Standards for the Practice of Public Relations 427
Selected Bibliography 429
Index 433
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