Media Ethics is independent and inclusive. It is editorially eclectic and neither its sponsors, its editor, or its staff are responsible for its content. It strives to present and examine ideas, provide a forum for opinion and research articles on media ethics, as well as a venue for announcements and reviews of meetings, opportunities, and publications. Media Ethics welcomes any and all contributions. All submitted manuscripts are subject to editing at the discretion of the editor.
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By Russell Frank
"When journalists are caught in an ethical lapse, the story they were working on becomes like a dead and rotten thing that has washed up on the beach. Other journalists might poke it with a stick, but nobody wants to get too close. And it is everyone's fervent hope that the tide will carry the carcass back out to sea so that nobody has to deal with it."
By Jerry Lanson
"A sweeping study released this March on the state of U.S. journalism offers more bad news for mainstream media outlets and the people who write, edit and produce them."
By Jane Singer
"...although the "John Kerry and the Intern" story instantly flew around the Internet and dominated the conservative talk radio circuit for a day or two in mid-February 2004, similarities to the 'Bill Clinton and the Intern' story more or less ended there... The ethical combination of temperence and transparencey served [the press] well."
By Jagadish B. Rao "Everybody seems to be a writer these days, but are there any readers?"
What's a Picture Worth?
Many readers reacted with strong disapproval when The Plain Dealer of Cleveland last November ran a front page photograph of a man falling to his death from the seventh floor window of a downtown building. In a column the next day, editor Doug Clifton responded by analyzing the paper's decision-making process and reflecting on the difference between photographs of people falling from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and that published by The Plain Dealer.
By Claude-Jean Bertrand "...'There is far more press criticism,' notes R. Koven (World Press Freedom Committee), 'in the old days, there was a sense of propriety. Journalists were not supposed to talk about their own troubles.' Now the media increasingly often are the story."
By Valerie Alia "...The problem with media ethics education is not the presence of secular and religious ethical philosophies but the narrowness of the philosophies surveyed, the people they include and represent (and exclude), and the contexts in which they are used."
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By Gregory Payne "...An important component of any truly democratic society-open and diverse media channels free of government or other political control-are not yet evident in Azerbaijan, but this country of over 8 million people does have active proponents laying its groundwork."
By Russell Frank "...I had been surprised by how lurid these accounts [in the American press of suicide bombings in Israel] were and was curious to know why reporters were writing them, why editors were waving them through and how readers were reacting to them."
By David Kittross "...In the last few years, non-profits have found themselves under increased scrutiny by the media. Why?"
By Val E. Limburg "...Today, more than any other time I remember, imprecise, overstated, half-complete and, yes, 'slovenly' language confronts us daily in the media."
The Index covers reviews from the Fall 1988 issue of ME to the current one. It does not include special issues of magazines or organizational reports. "Blurb" signifies a brief mention, not a review.
Roy F. Fox (1996). Harvesting Minds: How TV Commercials Control Kids. (Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood). xx + 210 pp. ISBN 0-275-95203-7. $72.95 (hardbound), $29.95 (paper; released 2000). Works cited, index.
Sakae Ishikawa (ed.) (1996). Quality Assessment of Television. (Luton, U.K.: University of Luton Press). ix + 309 pp. ISBN 1-86020-507-0. $40.00 (paper). Chapter references, methodological appendices.
Patricia Aufderheide (2000). The Daily Planet: A Critic on the Capitalist Culture Beat. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press). xv + 347 pp. ISBN 0-8166-3342-8, $19.95 (paper). Chapter references.
Mark Warschauer (2003). Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide. (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press). xii + 260 pp. ISBN 0-262-23224-3, $32.95 (hardbound). Notes, references, index.
W. James Potter (1999). On Media Violence. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications). viii + 304 pp. ISBN 0-7619-1639-3. $41.95 (paper), $84.95 (hardbound). References, author and subject indices.
James E. Katz & Ronald E. Rice (2003). Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, and Interaction (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press). xxiv + 460 pp. ISBN 0-262-11269-8. $50.00 (hardbound). List of tables, boxes and figures, references, index, methodological and statistical appendices.
By Jeffrey E. Stephenson Bernard Goldberg (2003). Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite. (New York: Warner Books) 299 pp. + index. ISBN 0-446-53191-X. $26.95 (hardbound).
Barrie Gunter (1997). Measuring Bias on Television. (Luton: University of Luton Press). v + 186 pp. ISBN 1-86020-526-7. $31.00 (paper). References and index.
Kevin G. Barnhurst & John Nerone (2001). The Form of News: A History. (New York: The Guilford Press). x + 326 pp. ISBN 1-57230-637-8. $35 (hardbound). Tables, figures, illustrations, references, index.
Charles Warner & Joseph Buchman (2004). Media Selling: Broadcast, Cable, Print, and Interactive (3rd ed). (Ames, Iowa: Iowa State Press). xiv + 598 pp. ISBN 0-8138-0417-5, $49.99 (hardbound). Chapter quizzes, assignments/projects, references, endnotes, appendices (from sources of data to tips on writing copy), index.
Thomas Bivins (2004). Mixed Media: Moral Distinctions in Advertising, Public Relations and Journalism. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). xii + 229 pp. ISBN 0-8058-4257-8. $29.95 (paper). Case studies (typically one per section, and questions on it), exercises, appendix (codes of ethics: SPJ, ASNE, RTNDA, AAF, ASME, PRSA, IABC, Seattle Times Newsroom Policies and Guidelines), source footnotes, references, author and subject indices.
Sharon L. Bracci & Clifford G. Christians (eds.) (2002). Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics. (New York: Peter Lang Publishing). xii + 296 pp. ISBN 0-8204-5766-3. $32.95 (paper). Chapter notes & references, glossary, index, contributors' bios.
Lloyd Chiasson, Jr. (ed.) (1997). The Press on Trial: Crimes and Trials as Media Events. (Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood). xi + 227 pp. ISBN 0-275-95936-8, $22.95 (paper), $59.95 (hardbound). Chapter source references, bibliography, index, author and contributor bios.
Colin Sparks & John Tulloch (eds.) (2000). Tabloid Tales: Global Debates Over Media Standards. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield). xiii + 315 pp. ISBN 0-8476-9572-7. $38.95 (paper). Chapter notes and references, index, authors' bios.
Stephen Hess and Marvin Kalb (eds.) (2003). The Media and the War on Terrorism. (Washington: Brookings Institution Press) 295 pp. ISBN 0-8157-3581-2. $22.95 (paper). Foreword and index.
Peter Phillips & Project Censored (2003). Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Stories. (New York: Seven Stories Press). 368 pp. ISBN 1-58322-605-2. $17.95 + shipping (paper). Index, resource guides (for the top 25 stories, "our favorite" Web site E-zines and national/ international news sources, media activist organizations), cartoons by Tom Tomorrow, and details of how to contribute to Project Censored.
Roderick P. Hart (1999). Seducing America: How Television Charms the Modern Voter (rev. ed.) (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications). xi + 208 pp. ISBN 0-7619-1624-7, $84.95 (hardbound), ISBN 0-7619-1624-5, $41.95 (paper). Chapter notes, scholarly references, index.
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