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Moderation in Moderating Comments

u38rw9f7Allison HughesBY JANE B. SINGER

Journalists today are in the process of working out what constitutes ethical practice in their role as "gatekeeper" or "moderator" of the public voice.

Ethicalia: A Compendium of Global Ethical Minutia

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spans the globe for "Ethicalia," minutia about the ethics of the media. This time there are items from the U.K., Iraq, the PRC, India and the USA.

Anatomy of a News Council Complaint

28g2x4xeAllison HughesBY JOHN HAMER

While there is considerable awareness of the functions of news councils, including statistics of matters considered and results of hearings or other adjudications, there is much less knowledge and understanding of how one actually conducts its business.

Summitry and the Growth of Media Ethics

5083037cAllison HughesBY TOM COOPER

There are many possible indicators suggesting the growth of media ethics as a field. In the United States another possible indicator of interest is derived from a comparison of the first and second Media Ethics Summit conferences which occurred in 1987 and 2007- twenty years apart.

Two-Valued Orientation-Mirror Opposite of Aristotle's Golden Mean

q2vzv60qAllison HughesBY PAULETTE D. KILMER

To see the shades of gray in ethical situations, students need to discover the advantages of "multi-valued" orientation over "two-valued" orientation.

Coverage of the '08 Campaign: Making Progress

o7nl54z0Allison HughesBY RUSSELL FRANK

Now that the marking period is over it's time to give the news media a grade on its coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. Well, not a grade, exactly. Let's go alternative here and make it an "evaluation."

What Is News?: How the World's Biggest Humanitarian Crisis Goes Uncovered

9kt9bm66Allison HughesBY RICHARD LANE KEEBLE

The world's biggest humanitarian disaster today is in Somalia. Yet all this has hardly been covered in the UK's corporately-owned media.

Guidelines for Avoiding Conflict of Interest


The RTNDA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct specifically cites the need for avoiding conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived.

Deep Throat and the Ethics of Scandal Coverage


To understand the dynamics of scandal coverage-do you really not need to probe the underlying political factors?

Book Reviews, Spring 2009


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Cooper, Thomas W.; Christians, Clifford, G.; and Babbili, Anantha S. (2008), An Ethics Trajectory: Visions of Media Past, Present and Yet to Come (John Michael Kittross, ed.), Urbana, IL: University of Illinois/The Institute of Communications Research

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