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.

Faking it
Faking it

Modern life is heading to this strange place where everything is a representation of a representation and nothing is real.

Paul Attanasio

Plato pictured human life as a pilgrimage from appearance to reality. In his allegory of the cave in The Republic, prisoners are chained inside a cave facing a wall. Behind them is a fire and a parapet along which people pass carrying different objects. The prisoners can only see shadows cast against the cave wall by the light of the fire playing on those on the parapet. The flickering images aren't the reality. The shadow-bound consciousness of the prisoners isn't reality, although they take it to be. Reality – the world of Forms – can only be found in the sun-lit world ...

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