What are ethics? Why does ethical journalism matter? How do ethics affect good journalism? Ethics and Journalism provides a comprehensive overview of the main approaches to ethical enquiry in Western journalism. It examines the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists in all areas of the media and sets out ways of achieving ethical journalism. Ethics and Journalism: Explores such subjects as: private lives and the public interest, relations to sources and coverage of death, disease and destruction; Examines the role of regulation and self-regulation of the media industry; Discusses strategies of good journalism; Thoroughly examines the role of industry codes. Ethics and Journalism is informed by interviews with top journalists and editors and is written in a clear and accessible style. It includes an exhaustive bibliography as well as an excellent list of relevant web-sites. It will be essential reading for all journalism, media and politics students studying journalism and ethics, as well as for those who already work in the media and are interested in understanding ethical issues.

Self-Regulation and Codes of Conduct

Self-regulation and codes of conduct

A colleague was asked by students interested in taking an undergraduate journalism degree whether they would study ethics? His response was that it was not an essential part of the degree. If you are learning how to design a car in mechanical engineering, he told them, you do not go and learn about being a traffic warden.

He had a point. The practice of journalism – reporting, telling a compelling story, building up a good contact list, accuracy – does not involve considering whether Kant's account of the categorical imperative is a more satisfactory guide to ethical behaviour than Bentham's felicific calculus. Reporters are not required to be moral philosophers. Similarly, codes of conduct have less of ...

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