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.
Chapter 14: The Good Journalist
Every form of moral life … depends on education.
The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on Tuesday 11 September, 2001 horrified the world. Three passenger-filled planes were used to crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; another plane, headed for a target in Washington, came down outside Pittsburgh, thwarted by the action of passengers. Thousands of people were murdered on a particularly horrifying day in the blood-soaked history of terrorism. The following day the ten British national newspapers sold 15 million copies, 2.5 million more than usual. In many areas it was impossible to buy a broadsheet paper after midday.
Analysing the newspapers' performance a week later, The Guardian media commentator wrote: ‘Journalism was properly fulfilling its ...