Global Media Ethics

Global Media Ethics : Problems and Perspectives

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Global Media Ethics is the first comprehensive cross-cultural exploration of the conceptual and practical issues facing media ethics in a global world. A team of leading journalism experts investigate the impact of major global trends on responsible journalism. * The first full-length, truly global textbook on media ethics * Explores how current global changes in media promote and inhibit responsible journalism * Includes relevant and timely ethical discussions based on major trends in journalism and global media * Questions existing frameworks in Media Ethics in light of the impact of global media * Contributors are leading experts in global journalism and communication
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  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 172 x 250 x 24mm | 754g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405183926
  • 9781405183925
  • 2,664,118

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Global Media Ethics is a cross-cultural exploration of the conceptual and practical issues facing media ethics in a global world. Focusing on the ethical concepts, principles, and questions in an era of major change, this unique textbook explores the aims and norms that should guide the publication of stories that impact across borders, and which affect a globally-linked, pluralistic world.

Through case studies, analysis of emerging practices, and theoretical discussion, a team of leading journalism and communication experts investigate the impact of major global trends on responsible journalism and lead readers to better understand changes in media ethics. Chapters look at how these changes promote or inhibit responsible journalism, how such changes challenge existing standards, and how media ethics can develop to take account of global news media. In light of the fact that media journalism is now, and will increasingly become, multi-media in format and global in its scope and influence, the book argues that global media impact entails global responsibilities: it is therefore critical that media ethics re-thinks its basic notions, standards, and practices from a more cosmopolitan perspective.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors ix Introduction: Media Ethics as Global 1 Stephen J. A. Ward Part I Media Ethics Worldwide 11 1 Why Media Ethics Still Matters 13 Nick Couldry 2 Universals and Differences in Global Journalism Ethics 30 Thomas Hanitzsch, Patrick Lee Plaisance, and Elizabeth A. Skewes 3 The Role of the Journalist in Reporting International Conflicts 50 Howard Tumber 4 Global Journalism Networks: Funding and Ethical Hurdles 69 Brant Houston Part II Media and Diverse Public Spheres 87 5 Contextual Ethics and Arab Mass Media 89 Ralph D. Berenger and Mustafa Taha 6 From Journalism Ethics to an Ethics of Citizenship: Evidence from Colombia 110 Hernando Rojas and Tim Macafee 7 Media Ethics in a New Democracy: South African Perspectives on Freedom, Dignity, and Citizenship 126 Herman Wasserman 8 Democratization by Boilerplate: National Media, International Norms, and Sovereign Nation Building in Postwar Liberia 146 Jo Ellen Fair Part III Global Issues 169 9 The Role of Global Media in Telling the Climate Change Story 171 Sharon Dunwoody and Magda Konieczna 10 Ethics of Global Disaster Reporting: Journalistic Witnessing and Objectivity 191 Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Mervi Pantti 11 Affective Expertise: The Journalism Ethics of Celebrity Sourcing 214 Katherine M. Bell 12 Global Media Ethics, Justice, and Indian Journalism 235 Shakuntala Rao Part IV Theoretical Foundations 251 13 Global Media Ethics? Issues, Requirements, Challenges, Resolutions 253 Charles M. Ess 14 Global Ethics and the Problem of Relativism 272 Clifford G. Christians 15 Global Media Ethics: Utopian or Realistic? 295 Stephen J. A. Ward Index 315
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Global Media Ethics, which is, first and foremost, didactic, provides fodder to identify and discuss crucial issues that promise the growth of global media ethics. These issues go beyond social scientific comparativism and philosophical moral realism. They must be located within the tensions of philosophical particularism and ethical universalism. (Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 1 January 2014) "This excellent collection extends the emerging genre of global media ethics in several ways, but most prominently by underscoring that while the study of global media ethics is important, there is growing evidence there are few moral universals. Summing Up: Highly recommended." (Choice, 1 October 2013)
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About Stephen J. a. Ward

Stephen J. A. Ward is James E. Burgess Professor of Journalism Ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, he is Director of the school's Center for Journalism Ethics and its web site, He is also the founding chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists. Ward is the author of the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and Beyond (2006), Ethics and the Media: An Introduction and Global Journalism Ethics (2011), and co-editor of Media Ethics Beyond Borders: A Global Perspective (2010).
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