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By John V. Pavlik
John Pavlik provides one of the first extensive guides to the ethics of the digital media, discussing errors of commission and omission while covering a new field of enormous breath and importance.
By Stephen J. A. Ward
Stephen Ward argues that a global media ethics is essential for an interconnected world—and that it can and should be very different from the ethics of traditional and more localized, media.
By John M. Kittross
By Clifford Christians
By Peter Gade and A. David Gordon
By John C. Merrill ...
By A. David Gordon
By Kirstie E. Hettinga
Kirstie Hettinga argues that there are many shades of gray between the black of absolute falsehood or error and the white of absolute truth…whatever that may be.
By Ryan P. Whitson
Ryan Whitson asks: Can we justify substituting relativistic or situational ethics for absolute moral laws or standards?
By Rocco Gangle
The audio media have always used the emotional impact of music for communication—but Rocco Gangle argues that John Coltrane is among the few musicians considering their ethical responsibilities.
By William R. Davie
When a TV anchor was caught driving under the influence of alcohol, William R. Davie reports how her station, and the other stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, handled the story.
By Peter Joseph Gloviczki
Peter Joseph Gloviczki analyses the selection criteria used by one of the newest media professional products: the blog aggregator.
By Kenneth Harwood
Did Stowe’s popular novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, actually start the Civil War? Kenneth Harwood explores that possibility.
By Kheven LaGrone
Because reporters are human, there may be what Kheven LaGrone describes as reporting with a social, political or economic purpose. In this case, the local newspaper in Oakland, CA took sides.
By Sara E. Quay and Amy M. Damico
Photos of those who jumped or fell on 9/11/01 rather than burn to death were handled differently by the media over time. Sara Quay and Amy Damico wonder if this reflects American culture or the effects of the event?
By Kate Riley
In 2012,The Seattle Times supported for a referendum favoring same-sex marriage—reversing its earlier stand. Kate Riley, editorial page editor, tells us how and why the paper changed its mind.
By Steven Voorhees
When the Supreme Court decided the constitutionality of "Obamacare," the media were ready. CNN and Fox News went beyond readiness to "jumping the gun"—and getting the decision wrong.
By Jerry Schwartz
Starting with the 2012 situation, Jerry Schwartz reminds us of both older and newer cases of similar error, concentrating on UP’s "instinct for speed" in the 1935 Hauptmann kidnapping trial.
By Raymond Fielding
Those starting careers in the mass media must learn how to deal with both truths and lies. Raymond Fielding discusses some ways of thinking—or, perhaps, not thinking—about this.
By Coke Ellington
Unlike many of his colleagues who also suffer from “stupid student tricks” like plagiarism to receive higher grades, Coke Ellington tells us about some he has recently experienced.
By Manny Paraschos