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Understanding Media Ethics

Understanding Media Ethics

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Journalism | Media Law & Ethics

December 2014 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Our new media landscape of social networking, blogging, and interactivity has forever changed how media content is produced and distributed. Choices about how to gather, evaluate and publish information are ever more complex. This blurring of boundaries between general public values and the values of media professionals has made media ethics an essential issue for media professionals, but also demonstrates how it must be intrinsically part of the wider public conversation. This book teaches students to navigate ethical questions in a digital society and apply ethical concepts and guidelines to their own practice.

Using case studies, judgement call boxes and further reading, Understanding Media Ethics clarifies the moral concepts in media contexts, and enables students to apply them to practical decision making through real-life worked examples.

Covering key topics such as media freedoms, censorship, privacy, standards, taste, regulation, codes of practice and the ethics of representation, this is an essential guide for students in journalism, media, communication and public relations. 

Relating Media Ethics to Media Studies
Foundations: Methods in Media Ethics
Truth, Representation and Narrative
Solidarity, Sympathy and Neutrality
Valuing Images: Morality in Pictures
Liberty and Censorship: Politics, Religion and Sex
Morality, Taste and Violence
Regulating Media Content
Rights and Persons: the Boundaries of Privacy
Media Institutions: Morality and Markets
Professionalism and Codes of Practice
The New Media Landscape: Digital Media Ethics

This book engages the reader in a complex but clear exposition of issues in media ethics. It offers a valuable introduction for the undergraduate reader, one which uses accessible contemporary case studies to explore a framework of challenging ethical philosophy, leading from Aristotle and Kant to Murdoch and Leveson.

Alec Charles
University of Bedfordshire

This is an important book, instrumental to my teaching of media ethics. I am using the book for my course, and thank Sage for sending me a copy. A very useful source.

Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor
Politics & International Relations, Hull University
February 15, 2018

It's a valuable source for my Media Ethics course. My students find the topics which are discussed in the book interesting and valuable in terms of ethical debate.

Dr Sermin Tag Kalafatoglu
Department of Cinema and Television, Ordu Universitesi
October 21, 2016

It has revolutionised my Media Ethics course. I love it.

Dr Bevelyn Dube
Mass Communications , University of Venda
February 18, 2015

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Chapter 4: Liberty

David Sanford Horner

In September 2014 David Horner retired as a Principal Lecturer from the University of Brighton, having worked there since September 1992.  He has held the position of Head of the Division of Information and Media Studies (2003 – 2007). He has served on many university and faculty committees including both Research Strategy Committee and Research Ethics Committee. He has supervised 10 PhD students and was for a number of years Research Student Division Leader for the School of Computing, Mathematics and Information Studies. He has been also Course Leader for MA Information Studies (1998 – 2003). His research interests were primarily in... More About Author

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