Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies

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Howard Good
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Business & Economics - 191 pages
How far should a reporter go for a story? What's the role of the press at the scene of an emergency, or a murder? Why has journalism suddenly become so susceptible to plagiarism? Here's a book that poses these and other urgent questions--and offers candid answers. At a time when professionals and the public alike worry that journalism has lost its way, Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies is available to provide much-needed, accessible guidance.

Its twelve chapters, written by some of the nation's leading journalism scholars, explore issues that should concern anyone who aspires to a career in journalism, who works in the field, or who relies on news for daily information. Best of all, as the title suggests the contributors conduct their dynamic and engaging investigations at the movies, where sportswriters, war correspondents, investigative reporters, crime reporters, spin doctors, TV anchors, and harried city editors tackle these pressing issues. Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies isn't your typical textbook. Using popular movies from Wag the Dog to Good Night, and Good Luck to illustrate the kind of ethical dilemmas journalists encounter on the job, this student-friendly book is sure to spark interest and stimulate thinking.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY The Paper
9
FABRICATION IN JOURNALISM Shattered Glass
19
POLITICAL MANIPULATION OF THE MEDIA Wag the Dog
35
WHAT IS GOOD WORK? Absence of Malice
49
DECEPTION AND UNDERCOVER JOURNALISM Mr Deeds Goes to Town and Mr Deeds
59
COVERING SPORTS The Pride of the Yankees
73
WHEN JOURNALISTS ARE FIRST RESPONDERS Die Hard and Die Hard 2
81
STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE Broadcast News Lee Anne Peck
97
ETHICS IN BLACK AND WHITE Good Night and Good Luck
109
CRIME REPORTING Veronica Guerin
125
THE UTOPIAN NATURE OF JOURNALISTIC TRUTH The Year of Living Dangerously
137
JOURNALISM AND THEVICTIMS OF WAR Welcome to Sarajevo
149
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About the author (2008)

Howard Good is professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz. He has written eleven books on the portrayal of journalists, including Acquainted With the Night and Outcasts, and he is also the author of a series of books on public education.

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