The Invention of Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and Beyond

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Stephen Ward goes back to the partisan English newsbooks of the seventeenth century to pinpoint the origins of journalistic ethics. He demonstrates that concern for objectivity gained momentum in the late 1800s and discusses the many factors that motivated journalists to construct their own ideas of objectivity. Ward's theory of pragmatic objectivity draws on studies in epistemology and philosophy of science to construct a richer, more adequate conception of objectivity to guide...
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Overview

Stephen Ward goes back to the partisan English newsbooks of the seventeenth century to pinpoint the origins of journalistic ethics. He demonstrates that concern for objectivity gained momentum in the late 1800s and discusses the many factors that motivated journalists to construct their own ideas of objectivity. Ward's theory of pragmatic objectivity draws on studies in epistemology and philosophy of science to construct a richer, more adequate conception of objectivity to guide journalism today.
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Stephen J.A. Ward is associate professor of journalism ethics, University of British Columbia, and a former Canadian Press foreign correspondent for Europe and the Middle East.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : reinventing journalism ethics 3
1 Objectivity : senses and origins 9
2 Objectivity : ancient, early modern, positivist 37
3 The invention of journalism ethics : the seventeenth century 89
4 The invention of a public ethic : the eighteenth century 128
5 Anticipating objectivity : the nineteenth century 174
6 Objectivity and after : the twentieth century 214
Epilogue : the future of objectivity 317
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