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 3: Virtue Ethics
In Chapter one I argued that the practice of journalism necessarily involves thinking about ethics. In this chapter I will outline an approach to ethical thinking which I believe is helpful and right. Before I do this, I would like to address two issues: first, why is journalism, like medical and legal practice, an area where questions about values and principles constantly arise? And second, how is ethical practice thought about by those working in the media?
Journalism is big business and Britain has one of the most competitive news markets in the world. According to the Labour government's White Paper, A New Future for Communications (2000), the communications industry is growing at a ...