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Ethics in journalism

Ethics in journalism

Smith, Ron F; Smith, Ron F

Utilizing dozens of new case studies taken from everyday experiences of reporters at both large and small newspapers and TV stations, this book explores the practical ethical issues involved in developing sources, coming to terms with objectivity, and bringing compassion to the pressures of journalism

Book. English.
6th ed.
Published Oxford : Blackwell 2007

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Statement of responsibility: Ron F. Smith
ISBN: 1405159340, 9781405159340
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous ed.: published as Groping for ethics in journalism. Ames: Iowa State Press, 2003.
Physical Description: 432 p.
Subject: Journalistic ethics United States.

Contents

  1. Preface.
  2. Part I
  3. Principles and Guidelines .
  4. 1. The Search for Principles.
  5. 2. The Study of Ethics.
  6. Part II
  7. Telling the Truth .
  8. 3. Truth and objectivity.
  9. 4. Errors.
  10. 5. Transparency.
  11. 6. Faking the News.
  12. Part III
  13. Reporting the News .
  14. 7. Working with sources.
  15. 8. The Government Watch.
  16. 9. The shady world of unnamed sources.
  17. 10. Deception.
  18. Part IV
  19. Compassion and the Journalist .
  20. 11. Compassion, privacy and ordinary citizens.
  21. 12. Privacy for Political Leaders.
  22. 13. Compassion and Photographers.
  23. Part V
  24. Conflicts of Interest .
  25. 14. Journalists and Their Communities.
  26. 15. Freebies and Financial Concerns.
  27. 16. The Business of Journalism.
  28. Cases to Discuss.
  29. Index

Author note

Ron F. Smith is a professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He teaches editing, newspaper design, online journalism, and mass media ethics. Professor Smith has worked for newspapers in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida including stints as a police and court reporter, sports copy editor, wire editor, and news editor.

Description

The reputation of journalists is continually being questioned. Nearly every public opinion poll shows that people have lost respect for journalists and lost faith in the news media. In this fully updated and expanded sixth edition of Ethics in Journalism , author Ron F. Smith provides a highly readable introduction to journalism ethics, and offers solutions for the many ethical dilemmas facing journalists today. Fully revised and updated throughout, the new edition: Utilizes dozens of new case studies, most taken from everyday experiences of reporters at both large and smaller newspapers and TV stations Explores the practical ethical issues involved in developing sources, coming to terms with objectivity, and bringing compassion to the pressures of journalism Considers the impact of blogs and the Internet on traditional values of journalism Relates American journalistic practices to those of media in other free societies Examines the effect of the changing ownership models on the quality of journalism Provides a philosophical perspective to ethical questions

Back cover copy

The reputation of journalists is continually being questioned. Nearly every public opinion poll shows that people have lost respect for journalists and lost faith in the news media. In this fully updated and expanded sixth edition of Ethics in Journalism , author Ron F. Smith provides a highly readable introduction to journalism ethics, and offers solutions for the many ethical dilemmas facing journalists today. Fully revised and updated throughout, the new edition: Utilizes dozens of new case studies, most taken from everyday experiences of reporters at both large and smaller newspapers and TV stations Explores the practical ethical issues involved in developing sources, coming to terms with objectivity, and bringing compassion to the pressures of journalism Considers the impact of blogs and the Internet on traditional values of journalism Relates American journalistic practices to those of media in other free societies Examines the effect of the changing ownership models on the quality of journalism Provides a philosophical perspective to ethical questions