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 2: Thinking about Ethics
Ethics? As far as I'm concerned that's that place to the east of London where people wear white socks.
Ethics or moral philosophy, as it is also called, asks serious and difficult questions about how we should live our lives. Thinking about ethics is one of the oldest intellectual traditions of humanity and, in the western world, begins with the Greeks in the thought and writings of Socrates (c.470–399 BC), Plato (427–347 BC) and Aristotle (384–322 BC). In the fourth century St Augustine (354–430 AD) provides a Christian perspective which reaches its full flowering in the towering achievement of St Thomas Aquinas (1224?-1274). Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is the great figure of the Enlightenment ...