The Ethical Journalist Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The Ethical Journalist gives aspiring journalists the tools they need to make responsible professional decisions. Provides a foundation in applied ethics in journalism Examines the subject areas where ethical questions most frequently arise in modern practice Incorporates the views of distinguished print, broadcast and online journalists, exploring such critical issues as race, sex, and the digitalization of news sources Illustrated with 24 real-life case studies that demonstrate how to think in 'shades of gray' rather than 'black and white' Includes questions for class discussion and guides for putting important ethical concepts to use in the real world Accompanying website includes model course schedules, discussion guides, PowerPoint slides, sample quiz and exam questions and links to additional readings online

Author Biography

Gene Foreman joined the Penn State faculty in 1998 after retiring from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he managed newsroom operations for more than 25 years under various titles—managing editor, executive editor and deputy editor. He also was a vice president of the company.
At Penn State, he was the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor from 1999 until his retirement from full-time teaching in December 2006. He taught courses in news editing, news media ethics and newspaper management. In 2003, Foreman received two awards for excellence in teaching in the College of Communications—the Deans' Award and the Alumni Society Award.
As a visiting professor, he continues to direct the Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers, in which acclaimed journalists are brought to campus to discuss their experiences and techniques. He also is a guest lecturer in courses at Penn State and conducts seminars to help professionals improve their skills.

Table of Contents

Foreword Journalism Genes
A Foundation for Making Ethical Decisions
Why Ethics Matters in Journalism
Ethics The Bedrock of a Society
The News Media's Role in Society
For Journalists, a Clash of Moral Duties
The Public and the Media Love and Hate
Applying Four Classic Theories of Ethics
Using a Code of Ethics as a Decision Tool
Making Moral Decisions You Can Defend
Exploring Themes of Ethics Issues in Journalism
Stolen Words, Invented Facts ... Or Worse
Conflicts of Interest Divided Loyalties
The Business of Producing Journalism
Getting the Story Right and Being Fair
Dealing with Sources of Information
Making News Decisions About Privacy
Making News Decisions About Taste
Deception, a Controversial Reporting Tool
Covering a Diverse, Multicultural Society
Ethics Issues Specific to Web Journalism
Ethics Issues Specific to Visual Journalism
Ethics in the Changing Media Environment
Conclusion Some Thoughts to Take With You
Case Study Sources
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