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The New Ethics of Journalism

The New Ethics of Journalism
Principles for the 21st Century

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July 2013 | 256 pages | CQ Press
Featuring a new code of ethics for journalists and essays by 14 journalism thought leaders and practitioners, this authoritative, practical book examines the new pressures brought to bear on journalism by technology and changing audience habits. It offers a new framework for making critical moral choices, as well as case studies that reinforce the concepts and principles rising to prominence in 21st century communication. The book addresses the unique problems facing journalism today, including how we arrive at truth in an era of abundant and unverified information; the evolution of new business models and partnerships; the presence of journalists on independent social media platforms; the role of diversity; the meaning of stories; the value of images; and the role of community in the production of journalism.

Bob Steele
Foreword: Journalism Ethics Then and Now
Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel
Introduction: New Guiding Principles for a New Era of Journalism
Clay Shirky
1. Truth Without Scarcity, Ethics Without Force
Roy Peter Clark
2. Kicking the Stone: The Search for Reliable Evidence in Journalism
Tom Huang
3. Storytelling in the Digital Age
Steve Myers
4. Fact Checking 2.0
Kenneth Irby
5. Seeing is Not Believing: Photojournalism in the 21st Century
Dan Gillmor
6. Do Private Platforms Threaten Public Journalism?
Gilad Lotan
7. Networked Audiences: Attention and Data-Informed Journalism
Adam Hochberg
8. Centers of Investigative Reporting: New Model, Old Conflicts
Ann Friedman
9. A New Pathway Toward Sourcing
Craig Silverman
10. Corrections and Ethics: Greater Accuracy Through Honesty
Steven Waldman
11. The (Still) Evolving Relationship Between "News" and "Community"
danah boyd and Kelly McBride
12. The Destablizing Force of Fear
Eric Deggans
13. How Untold Stories Can Reflect Diversity
Monica Guzman
14. Community as an End
Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel
Epilogue: The Future of Journalism Ethics

“This is an essential book about a profoundly important subject published at a critical time. The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century focuses intensely on the role that journalism plays in our society, a role that remains urgent and unique even as so much changes in the profession and in the business of journalism, as well as in our global society.”

                                                                            --Bob Steele, Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics at DePauw University and
                                                                               Director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics

Bob Steele
DePauw University
Bob Steele

An excellent reader in journalistic ethics - I recommend it to undergradauate students in photojournalism.

Mr Damian Hughes
Art and Design, Staffordshire University
December 15, 2015

This book is a great teaching resource because of its easy-to-read style, but also because it is rich in examples and case studies. The books will be a valuable resource for both lectures and seminars.

Dr Martina Topic
Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University
March 2, 2015

This book is highly important and goes into depth at the ever changing face of journalism, as students are the future of the next generation of journalists it is important they understand the ethics involved in it.

Miss Rachael Rodgers
Digital media , Doncaster College
January 10, 2014

It superficially looks good but I haven't assigned chapters yet to read. I will need a bit more time, thanks.

Dr Christine Eastman
Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University
December 3, 2013
Key features


  • A new set of Guiding Principles for Journalists that reflect the standards most modern newsrooms are using today is presented in the introduction.
  • Case Studies at the end of each chapter reinforce abstract concepts in a concrete, contemporary application.
  • Chapters by 14 journalism thought leaders and practitioners address the problems facing journalism today.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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