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The Ethical Journalist
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Table of Contents

Part I: A Foundation for Making Ethical Decisions 1

1 Why Ethics Matters in Journalism 3

2 Ethics: The Bedrock of a Society 17

3 The News Media’s Role in Society 25

4 For Journalists, a Clash of Moral Duties 43

5 The Public and the Media: Love and Hate 63

6 How the ‘Trump Effect’ Challenged Journalism 77

7 Applying Four Classic Theories of Ethics 99

8 Using a Code of Ethics as a Decision Tool 109

9 Making Moral Decisions You Can Defend 117

Part II: Putting Journalism Ethics to Work 131

10 Getting the Facts Right and Being Fair 133

11 Showing Empathy for People in the News 167

12 Avoiding Conflicts: Appearances Count 183

13 Lifting the Curtain on How Journalism Is Done 209

14 Navigating Social Media’s Uneven Terrain 227

15 Covering a Diverse, Multicultural Society 247

16 Dealing With Sources of Information 265

17 Making News Decisions About Privacy 285

18 Making Decisions About Offensive Content 305

19 Deception: A Risky, Controversial Tool 321

20 Ethics Issues in Visual and Audio Journalism 343

21 Stolen Words and Invented Facts 367

22 The Business of Producing Journalism 383

Thoughts to Take With You 398

Glossary 400

Index 406 

About the Author

GENE FOREMAN managed newsroom operations of The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, a period in which the staff won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes. He then taught for nine years at Pennsylvania State University as its inaugural Foster Professor.

DANIEL R. BIDDLE was one of three Inquirer reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative stories in 1986. Later he was an editor directing investigative reporting. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.

EMILIE LOUNSBERRY was a reporter for The Inquirer for 27 years, producing award-winning coverage of trials and legal issues. Since 2009 she has been an associate professor teaching journalism courses at The College of New Jersey.

RICHARD G. JONES began his reporting career at The Inquirer before moving to The New York Times, where he became an associate editor. After directing the teaching of journalism, ethics, and democracy at the University of Notre Dame, he was named The Inquirer’s managing editor for Opinion.

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