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Stinking Fish Syndrome

4yhx3z26Manny ParaschosBy 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."

The State of Fairness 2004

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."

Temperance and Transparency

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."

All Pitchers, No Catchers

By Jagadish B. Rao "Everybody seems to be a writer these days, but are there any readers?"

Ethicalia

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.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

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."

Opening the Windows

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."

Publishers' Addresses

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The Challenge for Free Media in Azerbaijan

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."

Bloodhound Redux

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."

The Press as Bully: Media Coverage of Non-profits

By David Kittross "...In the last few years, non-profits have found themselves under increased scrutiny by the media. Why?"

Slovenly Language-Slovenly Ethics

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."

Book Review Index through Spring 2004

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.

Book Review: Harvesting Minds: How TV Commercials Control Kids

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.

Book Review: Quality Assessment of Television

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.

Book Review: The Daily Planet: A Critic on the Capitalist Culture Beat

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.

Book Review: Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide

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.

Book Review: On Media Violence

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.

Book Review: Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, and Interaction

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.

Book Review: Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

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).

Book Review: Measuring Bias on Television

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.

Book Review: The Form of News: A History

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.

Book Review: Media Selling: Broadcast, Cable, Print, and Interactive

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.

Book Review: Mixed Media: Moral Distinctions in Advertising, Public Relations and Journalism

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.

Book Review: Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics

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.

Book Review: The Press on Trial: Crimes and Trials as Media Events

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.

Book Review: Tabloid Tales: Global Debates Over Media Standards

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.

Book Review: The Media and the War on Terrorism

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.

Book Review: Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Stories

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.

Book Review: Seducing America: How Television Charms the Modern Voter

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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