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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

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Media Ethics as Global
Stephen Ward, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Section One:  Media ethics worldwide

1. Why Media Ethics Still Matters
Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths, University of London

2. Universals and Differences in Global Journalism Ethics
Thomas Hanitzsch, Patrick Lee Plaisance, and Elizabeth A. Skewes

3. The Only Way is Ethics: The Role of the Journalist in Reporting International Conflicts
Howard Tumber, City University, London

4. Global Journalism Networks: Funding and Ethical Hurdles
Brant Houston, University of Illinois

Section Two: Media and diverse public spheres

5. Contextual Ethics and Arab Mass Media
Ralph Berenger & Mustafa Taha, American University in Sharjah, UAE

6.  From Journalism Ethics to an Ethics of Citizenship: Evidence from Colombia
Hernando Rojas and Tim Macafee, University of Wisconsin-Madison

7. Media Ethics in a New Democracy:  South African Perspectives on Freedom, Dignity and Citizenship
Herman Wasserman, Rhodes University, South Africa

8. Democratization by Boilerplate: National Media, International Norms, and Sovereign National Building in a Post-War Liberia
Jo Ellen Fair, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Section Three: Global issues

9. The Role of Global Media in Telling the Climate Change Story
Sharon Dunwoody and Magda Konieczna, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10. Ethics of Global Disaster Reporting: Journalistic Witnessing and Objectivity  
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff School of Journalism and Mervi Pantti, University of Helsinki

11. Affective Expertise: The Journalism Ethics of Celebrity Sourcing
Katherine Bell, University of Washington, Seattle

12. Global Media Ethics, Justice, and Indian Journalism
Shakuntala Rao, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Section Four: Theoretical foundations

13. Global Media Ethics? Issues, Requirements, Challenges, Resolutions
Charles Ess, Aarhus University, Denmark

14. Global Ethics and the Problem of Relativism
Clifford Christians, University of Illinois-Urbana

15. Global Media Ethics: Utopian or Realistic?
Stephen J. A. Ward, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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