Fall 2003, Vol. 15, No.1 Fifteen Years of Media Ethics

By Deni Elliott

While journalism practice has endured its share of sins, the level of research and teaching in the field of journalism ethics has steadily improved.

By Thomas Cooper

A thank you to readers, contributors, sponsors and friends.

By Mike Dillon

What policies do news organizations have in place to prevent corporate conflicts of interest?

War Casualties I: The Media

The Iraq war shook American journalism. The patriotic gesture of not challenging the President during wartime permitted the Bush administration to convince the majority of Americans that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11, making the invasion of Iraq an act of self-defense.

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron

recasts and reissues a statement of standards in an effort to avoid transgressions and errors in the news departments in the future.

By Val Limburg

Almost as soon as the grisly pictorial proof that the two sons of Saddam Hussein had been found and killed had been given to the media, there were storms of protest.

By Robert Jensen

The performance of the U.S. news media before and during the Iraq invasion was so appalling that even defenders of contemporary journalism have been leveling critiques, albeit mild ones, of media subservience to the Bush administration.

By Bill Knowles

News viewers in Montana see anchors out of Iowa. Are they getting the story right?

By Chad O'Connor & Greg Payne

California's recall election is a media spectacle.

By Nathan Tobey

As the scramble to get the 1996 Olympic bombing story intensified, the AJC stayed in front of the pack, running countless stories not only about the investigation, but about Jewell's personal life, work history, and potential motives as the "lone bomber."

By Bryan E. Denham

Those who report and study news generally agree that anonymous attribution, while sometimes problematic, is a vital part of hard-hitting, public-affairs journalism. Unfortunately, even the most prestigious news organizations sometimes get burned.

By Ralph D. Barney

Of course journalists are liberal, and that's the way it should be.

By John C. Merrill

It is widely believed that mass media-especially the printed press-are necessary for the implementation of democracy in a country. The old (traditional) media, in my view, have largely failed in introducing, securing, and expanding democracy in any country. Basically, the media only reflect and try to retain the basic ideology and values of the societies in which they exist. The actual rule by the people does not appear to be a basic ideology anywhere.

By Francisco J. Perez-Latre

In recent years, the European advertising industry has made a clear self-control effort since its goal is to provide a solid alternative to more governmental advertising regulation.

By Seth Ashley

Even when we as ethical decision-makers apply a system of analysis such as the Potter box to our dilemma, there's still always a way to get the answer we want to hear.

By Russell Frank

Reporters used to see themselves as unseen observers, exerting no more influence on the unfolding of events than would a fly on the wall. Now the flies are buzzing around our heads.

By Theodore L. Glasser

The Jayson Blair story tells of individual and even institutional violations of newsroom norms. But why does journalism embrace certain norms and not others?

Karen Saunders (2003). Ethics & Journalism. (London & Thousand Oaks: Sage). xii + 196 pp. ISBN 0-7619-6967-5. $24.95 (paper). Appendix (The Press Complaints Commission and the code of practice), chapter notes, bibliography, index.

Ron F. Smith (2003). Groping for Ethics in Journalism (5th ed.). (Ames, IA: Iowa State Press). ix + 422 pp. ISBN 0-8138-1088-4, $44.99 (hardbound). Chapter case studies (most chapters), chapter notes, index.

Tom Rosenstiel & Amy S. Mitchell (eds.) (2003). Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-Making. x + 265 pp. ISBN 0-231-12589- 5. $54.50 (paper). (New York: Columbia University Press) Case studies, sources, notes, authors' biographies.

Clifford G. Christians, Mark Fackler, Kim B. Rotzoll & Kathy Brittain McKee (2001). Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning (6th ed.). xv + 333 pp. ISBN 0-8013-3338-5. $55.26. (New York: Longman). Chapter notes, recommended readings, index.

Johan Retief (2002). Media Ethics: An Introduction to Responsible Journalism. (Capetown, S.A. & Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press). x + 261 pp. ISBN 0-19-578137-6. $14.95 (paper). Institutional & professional codes of ethics, bibliography, index.

Robert I. Berkman & Christopher A. Shumway (2003). Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues for Online Media Professionals. (Ames, IA: Iowa State Press). xxi + 386 pp. ISBN 0-8138-0236-9. $39.99 (paper). Appendix: ethical codes of major online media organizations, notes, references, index.

Philip E. Agre & Marc Rotenberg (eds.) (1997). Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). ix + 325 pp. ISBN 0-262-01162-X. $25.00 (hardcover). Chapter references, list of contributors, index.

Doug Underwood. (2002) From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press. (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press). xv + 346 pp. ISBN 0-252-02706-X. $ 34.95 (hardcover). Notes, bibliography, index.

Mike Godwin (2003). Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age (revised & updated ed.). (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). xxiii + 402 pp. ISBN 0-262-57168-4. $21.95 (paper). Notes, index.

Don H. Corrigan (1999). The Public Journalism Movement in America: Evangelists in the Newsroom. (Westport, CT: Praeger). xviii + 235 pp. ISBN 0-275-96781-0. $67.95 (hardbound). Appendix: Public Journalism Lexicon, bibliography, index.

Gail Dines & Jean M. Humez (eds.)(1995). Gender, Race and Class in Media (A Text-Reader). (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage). xxi + 648 pp. ISBN 0-8039-5164-7. $46.95 (paper), $89.95 (hardcover). Resources for media activism, glossary, bibliography, author & subject indices, authors' biographies.

Don Campbell & Wendell Cochran (2003). Inside the Beltway: A Guide to Washington Reporting (2nd ed.). (Ames, IA: Iowa State Press). ix + 233 pp. ISBN 0-8138-1494-4. $ 36.99 (paper). Resources, index.

Tom Wicker (2002). On the Record: An Insider's Guide to Journalism. (Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martins). ix + 164 pp. ISBN 0-312-25844-5. (paper). Index.

Bruce W. Sanford (1999). Don't Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield). vi + 257 pp. ISBN 0-7425-0837-4. Notes, bibliography, index.

David Berry (ed.) (2000). Ethics and Media Culture: Practices and Representations. (Oxford, U.K. & Woburn, MA: Focal Press). xix + 350 pp. ISBN 0-240-51603-8. $34.99 (paper). Chapter endnotes & references, index. This is another book with a British orientation, and is designed for the advanced student or scholar in the U.

Monica Codina (Ed.) (2002): Informacion, ficcion, persuasion: Es la etica una utopia? (Pamplona, Espaļ¾¤a: Ediciones Eunate), 312 pp. ISBN 84-7768-135-X, $15 (paper). .

Robert E. Denton, Jr. (ed.) (2000). Political Communication Ethics: An Oxymoron? (Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group). xx + 263 pp. ISBN 0-275-96482. $ 72.50 (hardcover). ISBN 0-275-96483 (paper). Chapter notes & references, selected bibliography, index, authors' biographies.

Where to send complaints, compliments and more.

By Kenneth Harwood

MEDIA ETHICS came to life during a time of swift change in popular media during the 1980s.