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.

On the Record or Off? : The Case of the Cranky Professor

On the Record or Off? : The Case of the Cranky Professor

On the Record or Off?: The Case of the Cranky Professor
K. Tim Wulfemeyer

It’s not unusual for reporters, especially beginning reporters, to have problems with the people they interview. Ideal communication between reporter and source can be short-circuited by a variety of factors—misunderstandings, technical breakdowns, different expectations, even semantics.

One student journalist experienced an unexpected short circuit when a professor at her university agreed to a recorded interview with her on a sensitive subject, and then later told her that she could not use anything he had said. The fact that she had explained multiple times, on tape, that she needed his comments for a newspaper story didn’t matter to ...

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