Journalism Ethics: Arguments and Cases for the 21st Century explores the major ethical dilemmas facing journalists in the digital age.

Engaging with both the theory and practice of journalism ethics, this text explains the key ethical concepts and dilemmas in journalism and provides an international range of examples and case studies, considering traditional and social media from a global perspective.

Journalism Ethics offers an introductory philosophical underpinning to ethics that traces the history of the freedom of expression from the time of Greek philosophers like Aristotle, through the French and American revolutions, to modern day.

Throughout the book Patching and Hirst examine ethically-challenging issues such as deception, trial by media, dealing with sources and privacy intrusion. They also explore continuing ethical fault lines around accuracy, bias, fairness and objectivity, chequebook journalism, the problems of the foreign correspondent, the conflicts between ethics and the law and between journalists and public relations consultants.

Concluding with a step-by-step guide to ethical thinking on the job, this textbook is an invaluable resource for students of journalism, media and communication.

part |2 pages

Part I The theoretical framework for arguments and cases

chapter 1|19 pages

Ethics and philosophy

chapter 3|17 pages

Journalism ethics today

part |1 pages

Part II Ethics in practice

part |2 pages

Part III Dealing with the law – ethically speaking

chapter 7|16 pages

Covering the courts and legal issues

chapter 8|17 pages

Trial by media

part |1 pages

Part IV The big issues in media ethics

chapter 11|15 pages

The ethics of the image

chapter 12|18 pages

Social media: the game-changer

chapter 13|17 pages

Ethical decision-making in the newsroom