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Table of Contents, Spring 2016


Ethics in Photojournalism Then and Now: The Case of Robert Capa

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Weighing a photojournalist's work requires an understanding of the ethical assumptions of their era

Art or Journalism?


Reflections on the work of photographer Steve McCurry


Realizing Global Media Ethics: Utopian or Realistic?

New Harmony by F. Bate View of a Community as proposed by Robert Owen printed 1838BY STEPHEN J. A. WARD

The following article is the abstract of the Annual Carol Burnett Lecture on media ethics, given on April 6, 2016 by Stephen J. A. Ward at the University of Hawai’i School of Communications. At some time in the future it is planned that either the full recorded text or a written version prepared from same will be provided on a Website containing all of the Carol Burnett Lectures from the past several decades.


Why Should I Be Moral? The Moral Advantage of a Theist

Hands of God and AdamBY RYAN WHITSON

Ruminations on the benefits of theism for ethics and morality

Masters of the Tainted Inference

hand writing book man 7986 1600x1200BY RUDIE SINGER

Poetry in (e)motion about media



Teaching Media Ethics: It’s Time to Ask Students to Look in the Mirror

359572656 51a00dc2a6 bBY MARIE CAMPAGNA FRANKLIN

A look at self-reflection as a method of teaching media ethics


Bringing Something to the Well: Metaphors in the Teaching of Communication

Water well in garden of Cambremer FranceBY RAYMOND FIELDING

Musings on the potent use of a "well" as metaphor to highlight ethical subject matter


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