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.

The Morally Developed Media Professional

The Morally Developed Media Professional

The Morally Developed Media Professional
Deni Elliott

Some people think of ethics as a personality trait: You either have ethics or you don’t; you learned the right thing to do from parents or church, or you didn’t. In this view, there are bad guys and good guys, them and us. Choices are absolutely right or absolutely wrong. You shouldn’t have to think much about how to behave; you just know.

In truth, making ethical choices is a skill that gets better with experience. It’s a skill that we are all hardwired to have, just as we are hardwired as human beings to have the capacity to walk, talk and grow intellectually. In the same way that playing a ...

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