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The Ethical Journalist

The Ethical Journalist

December 2006 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Everything that journalists do has ethical implications, and The Ethical Journalist discusses a range of ethical questions likely to confront those studying journalism and/or training to become journalists. The starting point for this engaging and innovative book is that ethical journalism is good journalism.

Building on the reflective and questioning approach of the author's acclaimed Journalism: Principles and Practice (2004), The Ethical Journalist links theory and practice throughout by examining the views of journalists and academics. It places anecdotal experience within the context of relevant critical study, and scrutinizes academic explanations within the context of practitioner accounts.

Informed by original research and the author's own experience within mainstream and alternative journalism, The Ethical Journalist addresses topics issues such as trust, the public interest, undercover reporting, news values, source relationships, crime reporting, regulation, and the Hutton inquiry. This exciting new title discusses ethics as fundamental rather than as a set of problems or an added extra, and it should become essential reading for everyone interested in journalism.

Introduction to ethical journalism
Why journalism matters
Knowledge is power
In the public interest
Danger: news values at work
Can I quote you on that? Journalists and their sources
Round up the usual suspects: how crime is reported in the media
The regulation of journalism
Standing up for standards
Ethical journalism is good journalism

'He offers dozens of stories, interviews with reporters, and historical references to bolster his idea that from reflective practitioners comes ethical journalism, and ethical journalism is good journalism... As a guide to applied ethics in international journalism, this collection of recent and historical cases provides grist for solid debate... Altogether The Ethical Journalist presents a glimpse at how British and other journalists grapple with the ethical demands of their employers, their audiences, and even their governments' -
Jan Leach
Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

The book will be regularly used and recommended to students.

Dr Martina Topic
Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University
January 20, 2015

Suddenly one of the most important subjects in Journalism. We cannot really now teach journalism without a textbook on the subject of ethics.

Mr Philip Cowan
Media, University of Hertfordshire
February 15, 2013

Excellent book, provokes discussion and opens up new perspectives to the students.

Dr Kristina Widestedt
Journalism and Media Studies, Stockholm university
February 10, 2011

I recommend this book as the one to buy (if students only buy one!) for our Journalism Ethics course for 3rd year Journalism students. There are 69 of them currently. The book is practical and best of all, has abridged extracts from the codes and regulations which govern journalism ethics. Invaluable..reallay the best in the field I would say.

Ms Barbara Schofield
Department of Journalism & Publishing, City University
December 13, 2010

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