Journalism Ethics

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Journalistic ethics are defined, explored, and analyzed in this comprehensive and timely volume. Topic examples include confidentiality of news sources, the right to privacy, deception of news sources, freedom of the press, the role of the media in shaping public policy, news bias, whistle-blowing and the press, journalistic morality and professional competence, ethical problems in broadcast journalism, social responsibility and magazines, and journalistic ethics and computer technology. Readers can also find summaries of relevant ethical codes, for example, the American Society of Newspaper Editors Code of Ethics and the American Federation of Advertising Principles. A must-have reference source for students, teachers, journalist, and editors.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book defines, analyzes, and researches the use of ethics in journalism from the historical and modern aspects. The format is very well presented. A very useful reference work, this entry in the Contemporary Ethical Issues series would be well received in a collection and/or curriculum that deals with ethical issues. Recommended."


The Book Report

Contributors focus on the major issues that shape journalism ethics today, such as objectivity, freedom of the press, privacy, control of news organizations by nonmedia concerns, increased diversity in news media outlets, morality, professionalism, and accountability. Also included are a chronology of key events, biographical sketches of some of the leading issue makers and ethicists in the field, court cases, ethical codes, and a directory of professional journalism organizations and research centers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368734
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: Contemporary Ethical Issues Series
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Chronology 15
3 Biographical Sketches 29
4 Issues in Journalism Ethics 41
The Shape of the News 41
News and the Newsworthy 41
Ethics of the News Story 45
Computer Technology and the News 51
Objectivity and News Bias 54
Journalistic Objectivity 54
Forms of News Bias 58
Diversity 64
Images and Stereotypes 69
The Free Press and Democracy 72
Freedom of Speech and Press 72
Privacy and Journalism 77
Journalism Ethics and the Coverage of Elections 81
Morality and Professionalism 86
Journalistic Ethics and Ordinary Morality 86
Conflicts of Interest 91
Professionalization and Journalistic Education 96
News Sources and Deception 102
Deceiving Sources 102
Undercover Investigations 107
Recording of Sources and Uses of Such Recordings 109
Source Presentation 113
Anonymous Sources 117
5 Court Cases 123
Freedom of Speech and Press 124
Slander and Libel 127
Privacy 129
Right of Access to the News Media 131
National Security 132
Confidentiality Privilege 134
Right of Access to Information from Government 135
6 Codes of Journalism Ethics 139
The Nature and Functions of Professional Codes of Ethics 139
American Society of Newspaper Editors, Statement of Principles 141
Associated Press Managing Editors, Statement of Ethical Principles 143
Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi, Code of Ethics 145
International Federation of Journalists, Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists 147
British National Union of Journalists United Kingdom Code of Conduct 148
Radio-Television News Directors Association, Code of Ethics 150
Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada, Code of Ethics 151
National Press Photographers Association, Code of Ethics 153
7 Selected Print Resources 155
8 Selected Nonprint Resources 169
9 Organizations 177
Glossary 183
Index 191
About the Contributors 197
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