Good News: Social Ethics and the Press

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Oxford University Press, Jun 3, 1993 - Social Science - 265 pages
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Mass media ethics and the classical liberal ideal of the autonomous individual are historically linked and professionally dominant--yet the authors of this work feel this is intrinsically flawed. They show how recent research in philosophy and social science--together with a longer tradition in theological inquiry--insist that community, mutuality, and relationship are fundamental to a full concept of personhood. The authors argue that "persons-in-community" provides a more defensible grounding for journalists' professional moral decision-making in crucial areas such as truthtelling, privacy, organizational culture, and balanced coverage. With numerous examples drawn from life as well as from theory, this book will interest journalists, editors, and professionals in media management as well as students and scholars of media ethics, reporting, and media law.
 

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Ethics in journalism includes proper research, including interviewing direct sources. I find it fascinating that the authors made broad-based assumptions about the coverage of Sage Volkman without ever talking to the person behind the story: me. I am the photographer who 'found' the story, decided to spend a year of my own time photographing Sage, much of the time without the knowledge of management.
The authors have somehow sat back and made conclusions without any research whatsoever--a blatant disregard to ethics and truth in journalism.
Shame on you.
You have no business writing about ethics when you cannot even report on a story with any fairness or honesty yourself.
 

Contents

Introduction
3
Enlightenment Individualism
18
Communitarian Ethics
49
Civic Transformation
84
Organizational Culture
123
Normative Pluralism
164
Notes
197
Bibliography
235
Index
257
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