Media Ethics and Social Change / Edition 1

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This book introduces students to the challenges of media ethics and socially responsible media practice. Using US and international case studies based on real-life experiences of journalists, newsmakers, policy makers, and consumers, Valerie Alia invites readers to examine the pressing ethical and moral questions faced by the media and develop strategies for ethical problem solving and decision-making.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415971980
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/6/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Alia is Reader in Media Ethics and Culture in the University of Sunderland School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture; Senior Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge; and Co-Research Director of the Institute of Communication Ethics. She has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist and an academic in Britain, Canada, and the United States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : why study ethics? 1
1 Life, the universe and ethics I : everyday problems and ethical theories 8
2 Life, the universe and ethics II : social scientific theories and ethical practice 22
3 Lies, truths and realities : the search for a responsible practice 36
4 The ethics of accuracy and inclusion : reflecting and respecting diversity 52
5 The empire strikes forward : internationalisation of the media 68
6 Struggle and spin : politics, politicians and the media 82
7 A picture is worth a thousand ... : ethics and images 100
8 'Trust me, I'm a friend' : the ethics of interviewing 115
9 Specialist media : entertaining and informing the public 128
10 Changing technologies : prospects and problems 147
11 Codes and principles : what (and where) are they, and are they useful? 160
App. A Notes on case analysis 177
App. B Journalists and journalism on film : an ethics-based filmography and videography - and a CD 178
App. C Media ethics resources on the Internet 187
App. D Codes of practice and statements of principles 191
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