Moral Reasoning for Journalists: Cases and Commentary

Moral Reasoning for Journalists: Cases and Commentary

by Steven Knowlton
     
 

The nature of journalism requires that an ethical decision be made at every stage. While many of these decisions lead to obvious choices, many present thorny problems; some questions may be so subtle that they are not even noticed consciously by the journalist. This up-to-date collection of more than two dozen real-life cases illustrates the moral issues facing

Overview

The nature of journalism requires that an ethical decision be made at every stage. While many of these decisions lead to obvious choices, many present thorny problems; some questions may be so subtle that they are not even noticed consciously by the journalist. This up-to-date collection of more than two dozen real-life cases illustrates the moral issues facing contemporary American journalists. It will help students hone their reasoning skills, encouraging them to think rationally and act with integrity. The cases are presented in substantial detail to provide students with a realistic sense of the complexity of issues facing journalists today.

Knowlton, a veteran journalist and teacher, combines his experience of more than 30 years in the field with extensive interviews with dozens of today's top journalists, so that each case is presented with commentary and thought-provoking analysis. Discussion questions at the end of each case analysis probe the depth of the ethical concerns raised. This book can be used as a stand-alone text, as a supplemental casebook, or in conjunction with the companion anthology, The Journalist's Moral Compass: Basic Principles (Praeger, 1994).

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Thirty-six original and reprinted contributions discuss ethical journalism and present colorful case studies illustrating such ethical debates as the relevance of politicians' past and private lives; filming grief; the reality of the wall between the advertising and news side of journalism; speaking fees; composite pictures; whether executions should be recorded by TV cameras; and how close is too close when the subject is a scared little girl. Each essay concludes with a set of questions for further discussion. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275948719
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/25/1997
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN R. KNOWLTON is Associate Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University. He has been a reporter, editor, photographer, and newspaper owner for more than 30 years. He is coeditor of The Journalist's Moral Compass: Basic Principles (Praeger, 1994).

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