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The Ethics of Journalism: Individual, Institutional and Cultural Influences

The Ethics of Journalism: Individual, Institutional and Cultural Influences

Edited by: Wendy N. Wyatt

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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.

Table of Contents

Wendy N. Wyatt

The Norms that Govern Journalism: An Ecological Approach
David Pritchard

Part I | Spheres of Influence: Fostering (or Not) Ethical Journalism

The Ethical Newsroom: Where the Individual and the Collective Work Together
Tony Harcup

My Newsroom Made Me Do It: The Impact of Organisational Climate on Ethical Decision-Making
Lee Wilkins

Professionalism and Journalism Ethics in Post-Authoritarian Mexico: Perceptions of News for Cash, Gifts, and Perks
Mireya Márquez Ramírez

Covering the Private Lives of Public Officials: Comparing the United Kingdom, Flanders, and the Netherlands
Bastiaan Vanacker

Ethics (of Objectivity) and Cultural Authority: Metajournalistic Discourse in a Post-Socialist Context
Dejan Jontes

Part II | Accountability Mechanisms

Journalists, Journalism Ethics, and Media Accountability: A Comparative Survey of 14 European and Arab Countries
Susanne Fengler, Tobias Eberwein, Julia Lönnendonker, and Laura Schneider-Mombaur

How News Ombudsmen Help Create Ethical and Responsible News Organisations
Carlos Maciá-Barber

Do Professionalism and Ethics Reduce or Increase Pressure for Legal Accountability?
Robert E. Drechsel

Part III | Intersections: Theory and Practice

Ethics and Journalistic Standards: An Examination of the Relationship between Journalism Codes of Ethics and Deontological Moral Theory
Karen L. Slattery

The Language of Virtue: What Can We Learn from Early Journalism Codes of Ethics?
Thomas H. Bivins

The Media and Democracy: Using Democratic Theory in Journalism Ethics
David S. Allen and Elizabeth Blanks Hindman

Part IV | Emerging Issues in a Global, Digital Age

Towards Knowledge-Centred Newswork: The Ethics of Newsroom Collaboration in the Digital Era
Yael de Haan, Annemarie Landman, and Jan Lauren Boyles

Can the Ethics of the Fourth Estate Persevere in a Global Age?
Ejvind Hansen

Ethics in the Age of the Solitary Journalist
Wendy N. Wyatt and Tom Clasen


Author Info

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.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

ISBN: 9781780766744
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2014
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 216
Width: 138

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