Fall 2014, Vol. 26, No. 1

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Table of Contents - Fall 2014

SOME ASPECTS OF THE NEWLY REVISED SPJ MEDIA ETHICS CODE

Any code of ethics can be the heart and soul of a profession, an organization, or a firm, and has many functions. The same code may act as hard-and-fast rules, prohibitions, and instructions, as well as general guidelines for practice, interpreted by each practitioner.  It may serve as comforter, encourager, mentor and disciplinarian. It may be used for training and education, public relations, and thinking through goals, purposes and aspirations. Unfortunately, although it can serve to make the public familiar with our standards, it also can be misunderstood or otherwise used as ammunition by those opposed to the principles journalists have adopted as a way of life and career. Nevertheless, it can be a lasting repository of common sense. Although it may stimulate controversy as well as agreement, and other organizations may promulgate their own codes, there should be no doubt that the current most important example of such a code in the field of media ethics is the recent revision of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, and much of this issue of Media Ethics is devoted to examination of that revision from numerous viewpoints, including: 

Journalism Codes Leave Vexing Problems Untouched

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 BY EDWARD WASSERMAN

The Problem with Transparency

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 BY PAUL S. VOAKES

Comment: How the SPJ’s New Ethics Code Was Approved

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 BY A. DAVID GORDON

Initial Reactions to the New SPJ Ethics Code

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 BY KIRSTIE E. HETTINGA

SPJ Code of Ethics

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REVISED SEPTEMBER 2014

SITUATIONS

Cases, problems, ideas and situations:

Is There “Generational Plagiarism”?

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 BY SUSAN DRUCKER AND GARY GUMPERT

To Be or Not to Be... LIVE ??

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 BY GARY GROSSMAN

What the Media Taught Me about Ethics

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 BY TOM BRISLIN

INSTRUCTION

The teaching of media ethics:

Three Teaching Ideas to Jumpstart Ethical Discussions

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 BY AMY M. DAMICO AND SARA E. QUAY

 
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