A fresh approach to building integrity in all media Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals transforms students into confident, self-reliant, and ethical decision makers, prepared to resolve moral dilemmas from day one of their first media job or internship. The highly anticipated Second Edition of this text continues to engage students with true stories of young professionals working in today’s multimedia news and strategic communications organizations, helping readers create meaningful connections to real-world applications. Each story is presented as a narrative, so students can work through the ethical dilemmas as they unfold, encouraging readers to think about and ask the question: “What would I do if this happened to me?” By creating a more personalized experience for students beginning their first entry-level media jobs or internship, this book helps readers develop their own ethical standards and apply in the workplace what they have learned.

When Privacy Outweighs the Public’s Right to Know : The Case of the Rape Victim

When Privacy Outweighs the Public’s Right to Know : The Case of the Rape Victim

When Privacy Outweighs the Public’s Right to Know: The Case of the Rape Victim
Nathaniel Frederick, II Aimee Pavia Meader

The practice of naming rape victims varies depending on a news organization’s ethics policy. Although identifying information can be obtained in the public record and is permissible to publish, news organizations must make ethical decisions, balancing their legal right to publish with potential harm that could face the rape victim if identifying information is published. Some names have been changed in this chapter to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.

The Situation: “This Isn’t the Average Murder”

Jonathan McFadden, 25, was a 2012 ...

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