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TABLE OF CONTENTS - Spring 2014

The Ideology Problem: Thomas Patterson’s Failed Technocratic Dream for Journalism

BY ROBERT JENSEN 

Robert Jensen's critique of Thomas Patterson's book, Informing the News, explores the gaps left by Patterson's narrow definition of excellence as bounded by the ideology of the powerful.

A Rejoinder: The Problem with Robert Jensen’s “Ideology Problem”

BY THOMAS E. PATTERSON 

Thomas Patterson agrees with Robert Jensen's critique of Informing the News; he disagrees with his solution.

Smugness and Blame-Shifting are Unbecoming and Unethical in an Era of Social Media

BY KENNETH F. BUNTING 

Kenneth Bunting reminds journalists, practicing and aspiring ones, that we are in the truth business, not the blame game.

Why Would Anybody Talk to a Reporter?: A Plea for the Indispensable Source

BY EDWARD WASSERMAN 

Edward Wasserman point out to the press why the miracle of sources, people willing to come forward and speak up, should be respected.

Cruising Down the River Styx

BY RAYMOND FIELDING

Raymond Fielding explores the human fascination with the grotesque and horrific, and its reflection in doomsday programming.

Hobbes on the Hudson: Philosophy, Leviathan, New York City, Ethics, and the 1970s

BY JOSEPH MARREN AND JASON GRINNELL

A view of New York City in the 1970s as seen through the philisophical lens of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan.

What Should “Global Journalism” Be?

BY JERRY LANSON

Jerry Lanson on the risk news organizations take in ignoring the small stories.

Ethicalia: A Compendium of Global Ethical Minutiae

BY MANNY PARASCHOS

Manny Paraschos asks if there should be a zero tolerance policy on paid interviews and whether the Washington Post really had to set the record straight and muscular.

Ethics at PTC 2014

BY TOM COOPER

Tom Cooper outlines some of the issues discussed at the 2014 PTC.

Announcements, Spring 2014

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