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Author Knowlton, Steven R.

Title Moral reasoning for journalists : cases and commentary / Steven R. Knowlton
Published Westport, Conn. ; London : Praeger, 1997


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Description xii, 220 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Pt. I. Locating Ethical Journalism in the Western Tradition. 1. Introduction to Ethical Thinking. 2. The Political Case for Moral Reasoning in Journalism. 3. The Philosophical Case for Moral Reasoning in Journalism. 4. The Economic Case for Moral Reasoning in Journalism. 5. Objectivity: Is It Possible? Should We Still Try? 6. Privacy: How to Balance It against the Right to Know. 7. How to Solve Moral Dilemmas: Balancing Competing Elements -- Pt. II. Case Studies: Tough Calls from the Front Lines of Contemporary Journalism. 8. The Suicide of Admiral Boorda: Did the Press Hound Him to His Death? 9. The Haunting Profile of Meir Kahane: Should Past Sins Be Emphasized? 10. A Candidate's Past: News, Political Manipulation or Mere Pandering? 11. Peeking at Tonya Harding's E-mail: Serious Invasion or Trivial Excess? 12. Central Park Assault Victim: We Know Everything but Who She Is. 13. The Brilliant Student with the Dark Past: How Much Is Relevant? 14. Sex in an Elevator: Legitimate News or Sophomoric Titillation? 15. Suicide: Important News or a Grotesque Invasion of Privacy? 16. Unnamed Accusers: Sex, Abuse of Power, and an Election, Too. 17. In Politics, How Far Back Is It Fair to Go? 18. When the Law Asks for Help: What Is an Independent Journalist to Do? 19. The Graffiti Artists: Turn 'Em In, Get the Story, or Both? 20. Connie Chung: Did She Sandbag the New Speaker's Mom? 21. Primary Authorship: Can You Lie about Your Other Job? 22. A Reporter with AIDS: Depth of Understanding or Obvious Bias? 23. How Close Is Too Close When the Subject Is a Scared Little Girl? 24. The Exploding Truck: If It Doesn't Have Pictures, It's Not Good TV. 25. Should TV Cameras Record an Execution? 26. Tears on Tape: Why Must We Film Grief? 27. How Real Is the Wall between Advertising and the News Side? 28. The 'Revisionist' Ads on the Holocaust: What Should Student Editors Do? 29. Speaking Fees: Honest Moonlighting or an Invitation to Corruption? 30. Celebrity Interviews: Is There Real News amidst the Puff? 31. A Lorena Bobbitt Update: Paint My Nails, Answer My Questions. 32. Ruth Snyder: Still Dead but Now Her Picture Is Mainstream. 33. Composite Pictures: New Possibilities or Just More Credibility Trouble? 34. The Grisly War Photo: Powerful Information, but What about Taste? 35. Taking Journalism Hostage: Should We Print under Threats? 36. Can We Fix the Problems? Should We Try?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [210]-212) and index
Subject Journalistic ethics.
LC no. 96037734
ISBN 0275948714 (cased)
0275948722 (paperback)