The Ethics of Journalism

The Ethics of Journalism : Individual, Institutional and Cultural Influences

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The landscape in which journalists now work is substantially different to that of the twentieth century. The rise of digital and social media necessitates a new way of considering the ethical questions facing practicing journalists. This volume considers the various individual, cultural and institutional influences that have an impact on journalistic ethics today. It also examines the links between ethics and professionalism, the organisational promotion of ethical values and the tensions between ethics, freedom of information and speech, and the need to disseminate information. By comparing the theoretical underpinnings of journalistic ethics with a variety of international case studies, this volume provides a comparative global analysis of the ethical challenges faced by the media in the twenty-first century. It will be essential reading for students of journalism and practising journalists.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25.4mm | 390g
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1780766742
  • 9781780766744
  • 1,853,731

Table of contents

Introduction: Wendy Wyatt, University of St. Thomas

Part I: Spheres of influence: fostering (or not) ethical journalism
1: The ethical newsroom: Where the individual and the collective work together Tony Harcup, University of Sheffield
2: My newsroom made me do it: The impact of organisational climate on ethical decision making Lee Wilkins, University of Missouri
3: How press ombudsmen help create ethical and responsible news organisations Carlos Macia-Barber, University of Madrid
4: The media and democracy: Using democratic theory in media ethics David S. Allen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Elizabeth Blanks Hindman, Washington State University
5: Do professionalism and ethics reduce pressure for legal accountability? Robert Drechsel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
6: The ecology of journalism ethics: Theory and Cases David Pritchard, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Bastiaan Vanacker, Loyola University Chicago; Mireya Marquez, Universidad Iberoamericana and Dejan Jontes, University of Ljubljana

Part II: Intersections: theory and practise
7: How do ethics and journalistic standards differ? Karen Slattery, Marquette University
8: Does the language of journalism's earliest ethics codes still speak to us today? Thomas H. Bivins, University of Oregon

Part III: Emerging issues in a global, digital age
9: Can the ethics of the 'Fourth Estate' persevere in a global age? Ejvind Hansen, Danish School of Media and Journalism
10: Knowledge-cantered newswork as an ethical framework for the online era Jan Lauren Boyles, American University; Yael de Haan & Annemarie Landman, University of Applied Science Utrecht
11: Ethics in the age of the solitary journalist Wendy N. Wyatt and Tom Clasen, St. Thomas University

Bibliography, Author Biographies, Acknowledgements
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Review quote

'This exceptionally well-conceived collection brings together some of the best media ethicists in the field, and succeeds at what few such volumes accomplish; examining journalism ethics in its real-world institutional and sociological context, while exploring and deepening the moral claims that give it stature and nobility as a normative discourse. The result is both sweeping and penetrating, a work of great value to academics and journalists alike.' Edward Wasserman, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
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About PhD Wendy N. Wyatt

Wendy Wyatt is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota. Her research interests include media ethics, press criticism and media literacy. She is the author of Critical Conversations: A Theory of Press Criticism, and co-editor (with Kris Bunton) of The Ethics of Reality TV.
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