Moral Reasoning for Journalists: Cases and Commentary / Edition 1by Steven Knowlton
Pub. Date: 06/30/1997
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
The nature of journalism requires that ethical decisions 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.
Table of Contents
A Note to instructors
Locating Ethical Journalism in the Western Tradition
Introduction to Ethical Thinking
The Political Case for Moral Reasoning in Journalism
The Philosophical Case for Moral Reasoning in Journalism
The Economic Case for Moral Reasoning in Journalism
Objectivity: Is It Possible? Should We Still Try?
Privacy: How to Balance It Against the Right to Know
How to Solve Moral Dilemmas: Balancing Competing Elements
Case Studies: Tough Calls from the Front Lines of Contemporary Journalism
The Suicide of Admiral Boorda: Did the Press Hound Him to His Death?
The Haunting Profile of Meir Kahane: Should Past Sins Be Emphasized?
A Candidate's Past: News, Political Manipulation or Mere Pandering?
Peeking at Tonya Harding's E-mail: Serious Invasion or Trivial Excess?
Central Park Assault Victim: We Know Everything but Who She Is
The Brilliant Student with the Dark Past: How Much Is Relevant?
Sex in an Elevator: Legitimate News or Sophomoric Titillation?
Suicide: Important News or a Grotesque Invasion of Privacy?
Unnamed Accusers: Sex, Abuse of Power, and an Election, Too
In Politics, How Far Back Is It Fair to Go?
When the Law Asks for Help: What Is an Independent Journalist to Do?
The Graffiti Artists: Turn 'Em In, Get the Story, or Both?
Connie Chung: Did She Sandbag the New Speaker's Mom?
Primary Authorship: Can You Lie About Your Other Job?
A Reporter with AIDS: Depth of Understanding or Obvious Bias?
How Close Is Too Close When the Subject Is a Scared Little Girl?
The Exploding Truck: If It Doesn't Have Pictures, It's Not Good TV
Should TV Cameras Record an Execution?
Tears on Tape: Why Must We Film Grief?
How Real Is the Wall Between Advertising and the News Side?
The "Revisionist" Ads on the Holocaust: What Should Student Editors Do?
Speaking Fees: Honest Moonlighting or an Invitation to Corruption?
Celebrity Interviews: Is There Real News Amidst the Puff?
A Lorena Bobbitt Update: Paint My Nails, Answer My Questions
Ruth Snyder: Still Dead But Now Her Picture Is Mainstream
Composite Pictures: New Possibilities or Just More Credibility Trouble?
The Grisly War Photo: Powerful Information, But What About Taste?
Taking Journalism Hostage: Should We Print Under Threats?
Can We Fix the Problems? Should We Try?
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