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Read All About It- In Nonprofit Newspapers?

u1mjofj6Allison HughesBY RUSHWORTH M. KIDDER

Newspapers appear to be evaporating before our very eyes. What plagues newspapers? Is it simply their financial model?

Ethicalia: A Compendium of Global Ethical Minutia

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spans the globe for "Ethicalia," minutia about the ethics of the media. This edition includes items from Spain, Britain, Los Angeles and Croatia.

Faking It: Manipulating Reality in Documentaries

231h63kgAllison HughesBY ERNEST D. ROSE

On more than a few occasions, Friendly was not above doctoring material that was passed off as the real thing.

Existentialism: Free Comment, Authenticity, and Responsibility

jzl314s4Allison HughesBY JOHN C. MERRILL

Some comment is free and some facts are sacred...But both expose the communicator to ridicule, penalties and danger.

The Challenge of the John Yoo Case

v252d9o9Allison HughesBY CARY NELSON

Yoo's case raises new-and potentially dangerous-grounds for determining what activities and contexts bear on defining and establishing professional fitness.

Ethics Survey of Ohio News Managers

nb712892Allison HughesBY TRACE REGAN

Most Ohio newsrooms that participated in a 2008 survey do not have a specific, established process for handling ethical issues. However, the news managers in many of these newsrooms say having newsroom staff members discuss ethical issues is a key to their ethical decision-making.

To Kill a Journalist:

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What can journalists-and those who wish to protect journalists-do to protect and defend the world's endangered watchdogs?

The Fight for the Soul of Public Relations

n667biz0Allison HughesBY SHANNON A. BOWEN

Is public relations a vociferous advocate or an independent counsel?

Needed: A Path Online to Other Voices

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It is increasingly possible, especially for those who get their information online, to dodge all points of view that don't agree with them.

A Journalistic Conflict


What should sources expect from student journalists?

Ethical Enigmas in Mediated Emotion:

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News anchors have the dilemma of needing both to be professionally objective and personally dispassionate.

The Ethicist: A Fable for Our Time


A fictional piece: Can an ethicist have an ethical problem?

Book Reviews, Fall 2009

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