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Table of Contents, Fall 2015


Murders of Journalists in Virginia

Introduction: The Killings in Virginia

alison and adamPhoto courtesy of Dan Sweeney, WDBJ7

A brief introduction to a series of articles about the on-air shootings of two journalists in Virginia


Murders of Journalists in Virginia

I Grieve for Journalism

BY JENN BURLESON MACKAY Bridgewater Plaza memorialPhoto courtesy of Dan Sweeney, WDBJ7

Discussion of grief about the state of journalism in the wake of the on-air shootings in Virginia


Murders of Journalists in Virginia

In the Pursuit of Truth 

BY JEFF MARKS10268678 791350600888780 7176053667409035366 nPhoto courtesy of Dan Sweeney, WDBJ7

Ethical reflections of the journalists that worked with the victims of the on-air shooting of journalists in Virginia


Murders of Journalists in Virginia

The Virginia On-Air Shootings: All Too Real

BY RUSSELL FRANKVICTIMSPhoto from Millennial Monitor's YouTube Channel

How should journalists decide what to reveal and what to omit when reporting on stories that might be considered "a little too real"?


Lessons from Bob: Ruminations on Dylan’s Moral Universe

BY TOM BRISLIN                 DYLANPhoto from Paul Townsend, originally taken by Barry Feinstein

Thoughts on Bob Dylan's moral universe as conveyed by his poetic music


Using the Cosby Sex Scandal to “Defend the Chains They Revere”

COSBYModified from original photo by Ted EytanBY KHEVEN LAGRONE 

Using the Cosby sex scandal to attack what Cosby said earlier about responsibility


Picking at the Strands of Our Moral Fiber


The acquisition of "things" may define us well


“It’s Not Like We’re The New York Times…


A look at the need for smaller papers to maintain high standards of journalistic ethics


Maybe Media “Shaming” Isn’t Always a “Bad Thing”

BY EDWARD WASSERMANSTOCKSOriginal photo by Meghan Morgavan

Ruminations on the sociological effects of media shaming



Ethics on Film for Filmmakers

  1. BY TOM BRISLINFILMOriginal image borrowed from

How one can use film to teach ethics to filmmakers



An Apology

As you receive this edition of Media Ethics magazine, its late arrival cannot be blamed on global warming, as can inclement weather and rising temperatures. This issue—Fall, 2015, vol. 27, no. 1—is months late in being produced and distributed. The blame for most of this delay should be placed on the editor, whose contacts with the medical profession were all too common between mid-autumn and mid-winter, and not upon either authors or production staff. Rather than “skip” an issue, causing all sorts of problems for libraries, indexers, those wishing to cite the magazine and have a time frame to obey, and similar reasons to keep the numbering system intact, the editor believes that the better course is to publish the Fall 2015 issue “late,” and then work as hard as possible to get back on schedule with a Spring 2016 issue that will be uploaded to sometime in the late spring.

You can be of great assistance in meeting this challenge to Media Ethics: Please send any articles, commentaries, reports or other material dealing in any way with “media” and “ethics” to the magazine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as soon as you can, so that your submissions can be reviewed, edited, and otherwise processed as early as possible. This is a year in which there already have been a number of new and old ethical conundrums facing the mass and the social media, and with the U. S. Presidential election already raising ever-more questions about ethics, your ideas, opinions and information will be valuable as well as welcome.



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