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Assault on "Orphan" Freedoms

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 By Michael Bugeja

What happens when rights converge and evaporate so stealthily that no one notices?

Quitting the Service of the Enemy

By Claude-Jean Bertrand.

Instant world celebrity for less than 200 dollars.

"Dear Fellow Journalist..."

Introduction to the convention speeches by Edward R. Murrow and Bill Moyers.

Ed Murrow's Speech at the 1958 RTNDA Convention

By Edward R. Murrow

...a few people may accuse this reporter of fouling his own comfortable nest...

Bill Moyers' Speech at the 2004 SPJ Convention

By Bill Moyers

...good newsrooms "are marinated in ethical conversations"...

The Ethical Face of Confidentiality

By A. David Gordon

...if both journalists and those seeking disclosure...would use ethical...principles...the number of legal confrontations might be reduced.

The Promise of the First Amendment

By Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. and Russell T. Lewis

Her crime was doing her job as the founders of this nation intended.

News coverage of Drugs in Sports

By Bryan E. Denham

...while reporting any possible transgressions of those already in the public eye, journalism may be missing the opportunity to use them as role models...

Teaching diversity with a Photograph

By Jack Zibluk

One wag suggested we take pictures of rednecks and pickup trucks...

Radio-Television News Directors Association Code of Ethics

Professional electronic journalists should operate as trustees of the public...

Aljazeera Code of Ethics

Adhere to the journalistic values of honesty, courage, fairness, balance, independence, credibility and diversity...

Teaching Ethics via the Great Glass Elevator

By Mathew A. Cabot

"Yes, the chocolate...but so much more."

Serving and Surviving

By Kenneth Harwood

Often do not do business as usual emergency.

"Pulling" a Fast One

By Russell Frank

The aptly named pull-quote had...pulled me into it.

The Rewards and Risks of Championing Pro-Social Values

To read the transcript of the seminar "The Rewards and Risks of Championing Pro-Social Values" sponsored by the International Radio and Television Society March 9, 2004, click here.

Media Education as a Moral--Not Moralizing--Enterprise

By Jay Black

Communication is inherently a moral enterprise...


By Manny Paraschos

A Compendium of Global Ethical Minutia: Values, death threats, altered egos, and the difference a "b" makes.....

Book Review Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning

Clifford G. Christians, Kim B. Rotzoll, Mark Fackler, Kathy Brittain McKee & Robert H. Woods, Jr.

Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning (7th ed). (Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2005). xviii+318 pp. ISBN 0-205-41845-7. $65.40. Cases, chapter notes, recommended readings, index.

Book Review An Arsenal for Democracy

Claude-Jean Bertrand (ed.)(2003).

An Arsenal for Democracy. (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press). xi + 320 pp. ISBN 1-57273-426-4, $34.50 (paper). Bibliography, profiles of contributors, index.

Book Review Out of Tune: Listening to the First Amendment

John Frohnmayer (1995).

Out of Tune: Listening to the First Amendment. (Golden, CO: North American Press/Fulcrum Publishing). x + 138 pp. ISBN 1-55591-932-4 $16.95 (paper). Appendices, chapter questions for discussion and references, index.

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