Fall 2013, Vol. 25, No. 1

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When Is Media Studies Research . . . Research?

Image courtesy of Deni Elliott.BY DENI ELLIOTT

Deni Elliott reminds her fellow researchers about the Federal rules for use of Institutional Research Boards in journalism and media studies research using human subjects, and proposes a way of enforcing them. 

Another Point of View


John Michael Kittross parts ways with Deni Elliott with respect to the use and enforcement of Institutional Research Boards in human subjects research in the fields of journalism and media studies.

Objectivity and Advocacy in Journalism

Image courtesy of Patrick Feller.BY MATTHEW M. REAVY

Matthew Reavy traces and documents the development of ethical alternatives to “objectivity” in journalism. He ties this to the decline in public trust of the media and outlines some perceived causes for that decline. 

Jewish Media Journalists Prefer their Own Judgment to Ethical Codes

AbbeyImage courtesy of Alan D. Abbey.BY ALAN D. ABBEY

Alan Abbey discusses an interesting relationship between religion, culture and journalism.

Unbelievable: Why Belief Doesn't Make It True

Image courtesy of StockMonkeys.com at www.stockmonkeys.com.BY RYAN WHITSON

What is the relation between belief and truth, and does simply believing something make it true?

“Obooma:” A Case of Getting It Right

Image courtesy of Adam Tinworth.BY KIRSTIE HETTINGA

Kirstie Hettinga on balancing up-to-the-minute reporting with accuracy.

The BBC, Margaret Thatcher’s Death, and the Wizard of Oz

Image courtesy of Gwydion M. Williams.BY RYAN J. THOMAS

Ryan Thomas on  the death of Margaret Thatcher, the resulting soaring popularity of “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” and how the BBC handled it all.

Ethics Panel at International Press Councils Meeting

Image courtesy of John Hamer.BY JOHN HAMER

Attendees at the annual meeting of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe focused on the place of press councils in today's media world.

The Screwtape Letters Redux: Reporting the Body Politic: Lobbyists

Image courtesy of Gwydion M. Williams.BY RAYMOND FIELDING

Raymond Fielding on why journalists should study the political world's dark underbelly and the lobbyists occupying it.

Ethicalia: A Compendium of Global Ethical Minutae


Manny Paraschos takes on some ethical bloopers from around the world that may have escaped your notice.

Announcements, Fall 2013

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