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Fall 2003, Vol. 15, No.1: Fifteen Years of Media Ethics

Manny ParaschosFall 2003, Vol. 15, No.1 Fifteen Years of Media Ethics

By Deni Elliott

While journalism practice has endured its share of sins, the level of research and teaching in the field of journalism ethics has steadily improved.

Happy Fifteenth Birthday

By Thomas Cooper

A thank you to readers, contributors, sponsors and friends.

The Ethics of Disclosure: A Policy Review

By Mike Dillon

What policies do news organizations have in place to prevent corporate conflicts of interest?

Ethicalia

War Casualties I: The Media

The Iraq war shook American journalism. The patriotic gesture of not challenging the President during wartime permitted the Bush administration to convince the majority of Americans that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11, making the invasion of Iraq an act of self-defense.

Boston Globe Standards for Ethics and Accuracy

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron

recasts and reissues a statement of standards in an effort to avoid transgressions and errors in the news departments in the future.

Image Ethics, the Media and War

By Val Limburg

Almost as soon as the grisly pictorial proof that the two sons of Saddam Hussein had been found and killed had been given to the media, there were storms of protest.

Mainstream Journalists' Conception of News Criticism in Iraq

By Robert Jensen

The performance of the U.S. news media before and during the Iraq invasion was so appalling that even defenders of contemporary journalism have been leveling critiques, albeit mild ones, of media subservience to the Bush administration.

Do You Know Where Your Anchors Are Tonight?

By Bill Knowles

News viewers in Montana see anchors out of Iowa. Are they getting the story right?

Bring on the Clowns

By Chad O'Connor & Greg Payne

California's recall election is a media spectacle.

Crossing the Line

By Nathan Tobey

As the scramble to get the 1996 Olympic bombing story intensified, the AJC stayed in front of the pack, running countless stories not only about the investigation, but about Jewell's personal life, work history, and potential motives as the "lone bomber."

On Anonymous Attribution and the Language of News

By Bryan E. Denham

Those who report and study news generally agree that anonymous attribution, while sometimes problematic, is a vital part of hard-hitting, public-affairs journalism. Unfortunately, even the most prestigious news organizations sometimes get burned.

Response to Ashley

By Mark Fackler

About that Liberal Bias in the Media...

By Ralph D. Barney

Of course journalists are liberal, and that's the way it should be.

Democracy or Not? That is the Question

By John C. Merrill

It is widely believed that mass media-especially the printed press-are necessary for the implementation of democracy in a country. The old (traditional) media, in my view, have largely failed in introducing, securing, and expanding democracy in any country. Basically, the media only reflect and try to retain the basic ideology and values of the societies in which they exist. The actual rule by the people does not appear to be a basic ideology anywhere.

Advertising with a Conscience

By Francisco J. Perez-Latre

In recent years, the European advertising industry has made a clear self-control effort since its goal is to provide a solid alternative to more governmental advertising regulation.

Please Keep Telling Me What I Want to Hear

By Seth Ashley

Even when we as ethical decision-makers apply a system of analysis such as the Potter box to our dilemma, there's still always a way to get the answer we want to hear.

I Heard a Fly Buzz

By Russell Frank

Reporters used to see themselves as unseen observers, exerting no more influence on the unfolding of events than would a fly on the wall. Now the flies are buzzing around our heads.

(Not) The Last Word on Jayson Blair

By Theodore L. Glasser

The Jayson Blair story tells of individual and even institutional violations of newsroom norms. But why does journalism embrace certain norms and not others?

Book Review: Ethics & Journalism

Karen Saunders (2003). Ethics & Journalism. (London & Thousand Oaks: Sage). xii + 196 pp. ISBN 0-7619-6967-5. $24.95 (paper). Appendix (The Press Complaints Commission and the code of practice), chapter notes, bibliography, index.

Book Review: Groping for Ethics in Journalism

Ron F. Smith (2003). Groping for Ethics in Journalism (5th ed.). (Ames, IA: Iowa State Press). ix + 422 pp. ISBN 0-8138-1088-4, $44.99 (hardbound). Chapter case studies (most chapters), chapter notes, index.

Book Review: Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-Making

Tom Rosenstiel & Amy S. Mitchell (eds.) (2003). Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-Making. x + 265 pp. ISBN 0-231-12589- 5. $54.50 (paper). (New York: Columbia University Press) Case studies, sources, notes, authors' biographies.

Book Review: Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning

Clifford G. Christians, Mark Fackler, Kim B. Rotzoll & Kathy Brittain McKee (2001). Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning (6th ed.). xv + 333 pp. ISBN 0-8013-3338-5. $55.26. (New York: Longman). Chapter notes, recommended readings, index.

Book Review: Media Ethics: An Introduction to Responsible Journalism

Johan Retief (2002). Media Ethics: An Introduction to Responsible Journalism. (Capetown, S.A. & Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press). x + 261 pp. ISBN 0-19-578137-6. $14.95 (paper). Institutional & professional codes of ethics, bibliography, index.

Book Review: Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues for Online Media Professionals

Robert I. Berkman & Christopher A. Shumway (2003). Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues for Online Media Professionals. (Ames, IA: Iowa State Press). xxi + 386 pp. ISBN 0-8138-0236-9. $39.99 (paper). Appendix: ethical codes of major online media organizations, notes, references, index.

Book Review: Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape

Philip E. Agre & Marc Rotenberg (eds.) (1997). Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). ix + 325 pp. ISBN 0-262-01162-X. $25.00 (hardcover). Chapter references, list of contributors, index.

Book Review: From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press

Doug Underwood. (2002) From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press. (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press). xv + 346 pp. ISBN 0-252-02706-X. $ 34.95 (hardcover). Notes, bibliography, index.

Book Review: Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age

Mike Godwin (2003). Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age (revised & updated ed.). (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). xxiii + 402 pp. ISBN 0-262-57168-4. $21.95 (paper). Notes, index.

Book Review: The Public Journalism Movement in America: Evangelists in the Newsroom

Don H. Corrigan (1999). The Public Journalism Movement in America: Evangelists in the Newsroom. (Westport, CT: Praeger). xviii + 235 pp. ISBN 0-275-96781-0. $67.95 (hardbound). Appendix: Public Journalism Lexicon, bibliography, index.

Book Review: Gender, Race and Class in Media (A Text-Reader)

Gail Dines & Jean M. Humez (eds.)(1995). Gender, Race and Class in Media (A Text-Reader). (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage). xxi + 648 pp. ISBN 0-8039-5164-7. $46.95 (paper), $89.95 (hardcover). Resources for media activism, glossary, bibliography, author & subject indices, authors' biographies.

Book Review: Inside the Beltway: A Guide to Washington Reporting

Don Campbell & Wendell Cochran (2003). Inside the Beltway: A Guide to Washington Reporting (2nd ed.). (Ames, IA: Iowa State Press). ix + 233 pp. ISBN 0-8138-1494-4. $ 36.99 (paper). Resources, index.

Book Review: On the Record: An Insider's Guide to Journalism

Tom Wicker (2002). On the Record: An Insider's Guide to Journalism. (Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martins). ix + 164 pp. ISBN 0-312-25844-5. (paper). Index.

Book Review: Don't Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us

Bruce W. Sanford (1999). Don't Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield). vi + 257 pp. ISBN 0-7425-0837-4. Notes, bibliography, index.

Book Review: Ethics and Media Culture: Practices and Representations

David Berry (ed.) (2000). Ethics and Media Culture: Practices and Representations. (Oxford, U.K. & Woburn, MA: Focal Press). xix + 350 pp. ISBN 0-240-51603-8. $34.99 (paper). Chapter endnotes & references, index. This is another book with a British orientation, and is designed for the advanced student or scholar in the U.

Book Review: Informacion, ficcion, persuasion: Es la etica una utopia?

Monica Codina (Ed.) (2002): Informacion, ficcion, persuasion: Es la etica una utopia? (Pamplona, Espaļ¾¤a: Ediciones Eunate), 312 pp. ISBN 84-7768-135-X, $15 (paper). .

Book Review: Political Communication Ethics: An Oxymoron?

Robert E. Denton, Jr. (ed.) (2000). Political Communication Ethics: An Oxymoron? (Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group). xx + 263 pp. ISBN 0-275-96482. $ 72.50 (hardcover). ISBN 0-275-96483 (paper). Chapter notes & references, selected bibliography, index, authors' biographies.

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When MEDIA ETHICS Began

By Kenneth Harwood

MEDIA ETHICS came to life during a time of swift change in popular media during the 1980s.

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