Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media

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Closely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics—the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles—this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas. Stressing the cross-platform viability of basic ethical principles, this study features a wide selection of case studies penned by professional journalists—including several new additions—that offer ...

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Overview

Closely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics—the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles—this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas. Stressing the cross-platform viability of basic ethical principles, this study features a wide selection of case studies penned by professional journalists—including several new additions—that offer examples of thoughtful, powerful, and principled reporting. Cases where regrettable decisions have taught important lessons are also included, providing a new template for analyzing moral predicaments. Examining the similarities and differences between media law and media ethics, this revised edition includes chapters such as "Seek Truth and Report It," "Minimize Harm," "Act Independently," and "Be Accountable." Describing the basic connection between ethical journalism and excellent journalism, this is a lively, succinct, and accessible discussion of how this type of reporting can be morally upheld in the present day, regardless of medium or platform.

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"[T]he content of Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media continues to make it an essential reference for the classroom, the office, and the newsroom--regardless of medium or level of experience." —Media Ethics (February 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933338804
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,213,581
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Brown is a professor in communication ethics at the University of Denver and a principal in the media training and consulting firm Hartman & Brown, LLP. He is a former national president of the Society of Professional Journalists and remains active on their ethics committee. He writes a column on ethics for Quill magazine, a Sunday editorial page for the Denver Post, and conducts analysis for NBC. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Journalism Ethics

1 Ethical Thinking: History and Definitions 2

Professional Journalism Organizations' Codes of Ethics 8

Ethical Decision-Making: Procedures 17

2 The Role of the Journalist 21

3 Codes of Ethics and Beyond 29

The 1996 SPJ Code 32

Codes of Ethics 35

4 The Right to Be Wrong: Law and Ethics 39

Part 2 Case Studies

5 To Tell the Truth: Accuracy and Fairness 48

Accuracy Checklist 49

Accuracy and the New Media 49

Case Study 1 Cooperating with Government 54

Case Study 2 A Congressman's Past 56

Case Study 3 A Media-Savvy Killer 60

Case Study 4 A Suspect 'Confession' 62

Case Study 5 Pre-Publication Review 65

Case Study 6 Who's the 'Predator? 67

Case Study 7 The Media's Foul Ball 70

Case Study 8 McVeigh's Confession Goes Online 72

Accuracy: What the Codes Say 75

Chapter 6 Deception 78

Deception Checklist 79

Case Study 9 ABC and Food Lion 80

Case Study 10 The Masquerading Mortician 85

Case Study 11 Story or Stunt in Tampa? 88

Deception: What the Codes Say 90

Chapter 7 Minimize Harm 92

Fairness Checklist 94

Case Study 12 TV Doctors in Haiti 95

Case Study 13 Publishing Drunken Drivers' Photos 99

Case Study 14 Naming Victims of Sex Crimes 103

Case Study 15 Admiral Boorda Suicide 107

Case Study 16 Abortion Coverage on Deadline 110

Case Study 17 When the Crime is Incest 113

A Checklist for Covering Sensitive Issues 114

Minimizing Harm: What the Codes Say 119

Chapter 8 Diversity 122

Putting Diversity to Work in Your News Organization 123

Guidelines for Racial Identification 124

Case Study 18 When Sources Won't Talk 125

Case Study 19 The 'N' Word 128

Case Study 20 A Columnist's Edge Cuts Skin-Deep 130

Case Study 21 Portrayal of the Disabled 134

Case Study 22 The Art' of Darkness 136

Case Study 23 Prejudiced and Persistent 139

Diversity: What the Codes Say 143

Chapter 9 Conflicts of Interest 145

Conflict of Interest Checklist 146

Indifference vs. Impartiality 146

Case Study 24 The Embedded Reporter 149

Case Study 25 'Reigning' on the Parade 152

Case Study 26 Controversy over a Concert 154

Case Study 27 A National Guard Trip 156

Case Study 28 KQED and the Vintner 158

Case Study 29 Independence and Car Dealers 161

Case Study 30 CNN Conflicted 164

Case Study 31 Writing Checks, Getting Exclusives 167

Case Study 32 Expensive Home Movies 171

Conflicts of Interest: What the Codes Say 173

Outside Activities: What the Codes Say 179

Chapter 10 Photojournalism 182

Photojournalism Checklist 183

Case Study 33 Illegitimate Image 184

Case Study 34 Too Graphic? 186

Case Study 35 Tragedy at Ohio U 189

Case Study 36 'An Indelible Photo 194

Photojournalism: What the Codes Say 197

Obscenity: What the Codes Say 202

Chapter 11 Privacy 205

Privacy Checklist 206

Case Study 37 'Outing' Arthur Ashe 207

Case Study 38 Covering, or Covering Up, Suicide? 210

Case Study 39 Public and Private Jewell 214

Case Study 40 'Naming' a Dilemma 218

Privacy: What the Codes Say 222

Chapter 12 Source/Reporter Relationships 225

Relationships Checklist 226

Case Study 41 A Self-Serving Leak 228

Case Study 42 Crossing the Border 231

Case Study 43 Connie Chung and Newt's Mom 234

Case Study 44 Deep Throat, and His Motive 237

Case Study 45 Keeping a Promise to a Source 239

Case Study 46 To Love and Work in Denver 241

Source Relationships: What the Codes Say 244

Chapter 13 Accountability 251

Celebrity Coverage: When Is It Time to Say Enough? 253

Case Study 47 You Don't Know Jack 255

Case Study 48 The Times and Jayson Blair 258

Case Study 49 And the Winner Is… 260

Case Study 50 CIA Crack Contra-versy 263

Accountability: What the Codes Say 267

Blogging by Reporters: What the Codes Say 270

Appendix

A Ethics as a Dynamic Dialogue 274

Seek Truth and Report It 277

Minimize Harm 281

Act Independently 285

Be Accountable 290

B The Code through the Years 293

Bibliography 300

Index 304

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