Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach

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Since the introduction of radio and television news, journalism has gone through multiple transformations, but each time it has been sustained by a commitment to basic values and best practices.

Journalism Ethics is a reminder, a defense, and an elucidation of core journalistic values, with particular emphasis on the interplay of theory, conceptual analysis, and practice. The book begins with a sophisticated model for ethical decision-making, one that connects classical theories with the central purposes of journalism. Top scholars from philosophy, journalism, and communications offer essays on such topics as objectivity, privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, the history of journalism, online journalism, and the definition of a journalist. The result is a guide to ethically sound and socially justified journalism-in whatever form that practice emerges.

Journalism Ethics will appeal to students and teachers of journalism ethics, as well as to journalists and practical ethicists in general.

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--Journal of Mass Media Ethics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195370799
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/17/2010
  • Series: Practical and Professional Ethics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,206,258
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Meyers is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield.

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Table of Contents

Contributors xix

Section 1 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations

Part I Ethics Theory and Decision Making

Introduction 3

1 An Explanation and a Method for the Ethics of Journalism Deni Elliott David Ozar 9

2 Moral Development and Journalism Renita Coleman 25

Part II History and Justification

Introduction 35

3 Press Freedom and Responsibility Stephanie Craft 39

4 The Moral Justification for Journalism Sandra L. Borden 53

5 The Search for Global Media Ethics Herman Wasserman 69

Part III What Is Journalism? Who Is a Journalist?

Introduction 85

6 Why Journalism Is a Profession Michael Davis 91

7 Who Is a Journalist Jay Black 103

8 Norms and the Network: Journalistic Ethics in a Shared Media Space Jane B. Singer 117

Part IV Objectivity

Introduction 131

9 Inventing Objectivity: New Philosophical Foundations Stephen J. A. Ward 137

10 Is Objective News Possible? Carrie Figdor 153

Section 2 The Practice of Journalism

Part V The Business of Journalism

Introduction 167

11 Journalism's Tangled Web: Business, Ethics, and Professional Practice Ian Richards 171

12 The Decline of the News Business Rick Edmonds 185

13 Covering a World That's Falling Apart, When Yours Is Too Martha Steffens 193

Part VI Privacy

Introduction 197

14 The Ethics of Privacy Clifford G. Christians 203

15 Understanding and Respecting Privacy Candace Cummins Gauthier 215

Part VII Approaching the News: Reporters and Consumers

Introduction 231

16 Conflicting Loyalties and Personal Choices Jacqui Banaszynski 237

17 A Robust Future for Conflict of Interest Edward Wasserman 249

18 Respecting Sources' Confidentiality: Critical but Not Absolute Aaron Quinn 271

19 The Ethical Obligations of News Consumers Wendy N. Wyatt 283

Part VIII Getting the Story

Introduction 297

20 The Ethos of "Getting the Story" Patrick Lee Plaisance 301

21 Mitigation Watchdogs: The Ethical Foundation for a Journalist's Role Lee Wilkins 311

Part IX Image Ethics

Introduction 325

22 Visual Ethics: An Integrative Approach to Ethical Practice in Visual Journalism Julianne H. Newton Rick Williams 331

23 Ethics and Images: Five Major Concerns Paul Martin Lester 351

Index 359

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