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.

Private Lives and Public Interest

Private lives and public interest

Sometimes, like Greta Garbo, we want to be alone; sometimes, like Mae West, we do not.

Lord Chancellor's Department and the Scottish Office, Infringement of Privacy, 1993.

We live in a society in which many people depend on publicity to make a living. Politicians, television ‘celebrities’, pop stars and sports personalities can't do without it. In the words of one British editor, Princess Diana would have ‘withered on the vine’ without the attentions of the press. But together with this cult of celebrity there is also a concern about invasions of privacy. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was the single biggest reason for criticism of British journalists' behaviour by politicians. Privacy is probably the greyest moral area ...

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