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Media, Markets, and Morals provides an original ethical framework designed specifically for evaluating ethical issues in the media, including new media. The authors apply their account of the moral role of the media, in their dual capacity as information providers for the public good and as businesses run for profit, to specific morally problematic practices and question how ethical behavior can be promoted within the industry.

  • Brings together experts in the fields of media studies and media ethics, information ethics, and professional ethics
  • Offers an original ethical framework designed specifically for evaluating ethical issues in the media, including new media
  • Builds upon and further develops an innovative theoretical model for examining and evaluating media corruption and methods of media anti-corruption previously developed by authors Spence and Quinn
  • Discloses and clarifies the inherent ethical nature of information and its communication to which the media as providers of information are necessarily committed
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"This is a wonderful book. It moves effortlessly between theory andpractice. The boxed cases are sharp and to the point. A must buyfor classes and for scholars wishing to reflect on these compellingquestions."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405175470
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,513,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Edward Spence, Lecturer in Moral Philosophy andProfessional Ethics including Media Ethics, Advertising Ethics,Police Ethics, and the Ethics of Fraud Investigation. Spence isalso the University’s Course Coordinator of Ethics and LegalStudies, a full-fee paying postgraduate course at certificate,diploma and masters level. The number of students takingSpence’s subjects and courses is approximately 300 to 400students per annum, 200 of which are undertaking subjects incommunication ethics.

Spence is also a Research Fellow at the Centre forApplied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) Canberra, ACT. CAPPEis an Australian Research Council funded special commonwealthcentre of excellence hosted jointly by Charles Sturt University,University of Melbourne and the Australian NationalUniversity.

Andrew Alexandra holds a joint position as SeniorLecturer in the Philosophy Department, and Senior Research Fellowin the Australian Research Council Special Research Centre forApplied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), at the University ofMelbourne. He has published widely, including in such internationaljournals as History of Philosophy Quarterly, Social Theory andPractice, Professional Ethics, The Southern Journal of Philosophy,Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Ethics and InformationTechnology, and Agriculture and Human Values. He is theco-author of the books Police Ethics (Allen and Unwin, 1997;2nd ed. 2004) the standard text on the topic in Australia, andReasons, Values and Institutions (Tertiary Press, 2002). Heis editor of the Australian Journal of Professional and AppliedEthics, the journal of the Australian Association ofProfessional and Applied Ethics.

ANNE DUNN was appointed as a lecturer at the University ofSydney in July 2001, the second fulltime academic appointment inthe new BA Media & Communication, established in 2000. Prior tothis appointment Anne had taught journalism at the University ofWestern Sydney and media production and online media at CharlesSturt University, Bathurst.

Anne has spent more than 20 years working as a presenter, mediaresearcher, journalist, producer and director, for commercialtelevision, for SBS and for the ABC. Her work includesaward-winning television and film documentaries. She moved intomanagement at ABC Radio in the early 90s; her roles there includedsenior Policy Adviser and Radio National Business Manager. She hasrun her own media research and consultancy business.

Anne’s PhD was on policy and audiences in ABC Radio News.Her research interests are public broadcasting, audiences, theintroduction of new media, and broadcast journalism education.Anne’s teaching experience has been in media and journalisticwriting, radio and video journalism, production and broadcasting,online media production, and media law and ethics. She teaches atboth undergraduate and postgraduate level and holds a GraduateCertificate in University Teaching and Learning.

She has recently acted as Director of the Media andCommunications program for 12 months, and was responsible forsetting up the first postgraduate coursework program in Media andCommunications. Her postgraduate research students are completingdissertations in intergenerational digital communication, thegeography of newsrooms, and relationships between presentationstyles and audiences in regional youth radio, among others.

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Table of Contents


1 Introduction.

2 Information Ethics as a Guide for the Media: Old Tricks forNew Dogs.

3 The Business of the Media and the Business of the Market.

4 Professionalism in Behavior and Identity.

5 A Conflict of Media Roles: Advertising, Public Relations, andJournalism.

6 Corruption in the Media.

7 Two Dimensions of Photo Manipulation: Correction andCorruption.

8 Promoting, Codifying, and Regulating Ethics.

9 Moral Excellence and Role Models in the Media.


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