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  • Codes of Ethics
    The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) website includes links to codes of ethics from various associations of media professionals, media companies, and newspapers.
  • EthicNet
    A list of links to ethics codes from 46 European countries
  • Journalism Ethics for the Global Cititzen
    This excellent resource from the University of British Columbia School of Journalism includes articles on media ethics, links to websites for reporters, ethics, photojournalists and t.v. broadcasters, an overview of the history of and approaches to journalism ethics, information on media law, and interviews with ethics experts. It also has special sections on online, global and citizen journalism ethics.
  • Mediawise,,, for Better Journalism
    Mediawise, a nonprofit U.K. organization that promotes journalism ethics, created this website with links to resources, articles and reports on issues such as reporting on children, violence, refugees, and suicide. The site also includes links to codes of conduct from journalism organizations around the world.
  • Journalism Ethics Cases Online
    Over 100 real cases involving ethical issues such as personal privacy versus the public's "right to know", how to deal with and evaluate sources, and reporting on political issues and candidates without bias. (Cases developed by Barry Bingham Jr.).
  • Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
    This website, a project of the Columbia Journalism School, includes tip sheets, field guides and best practices for covering disasters and other traumatic events.

Books and eBooks

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Reinventing Professionalism - Silvio Waisbord
Call Number: PN 4731 .W35 2013
ISBN: 9780745651927
Publication Date: 2013
Media expert Silvio Waisbord argues that "professional journalism" is both a normative and analytical notion. It refers to reporting that observes certain ethical standards as well as to collective efforts by journalists to exercise control over the news. This engaging and insightful book critically examines the meanings, expectations, and critiques of professional journalism in a global context.

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Global Media Ethics - Stephen J. A. Ward (Editor)
ISBN: 9781405183918
Publication Date: 2013
This ebook is the first comprehensive cross-cultural exploration of the conceptual and practical issues facing media ethics in a global world. A team of leading journalism experts investigate the impact of major global trends on responsible journalism.

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Power Beyond Scrutiny - Justin Schlosberg
ISBN: 9780745332925
Publication Date: 2013
This ebook uncovers the forces which distort and limit public debate in the media. Establishment corruption has never been more in the headlines. Yet amidst the din of scandal, there have been seismic silences. Justin Schlosberg interrogates these silences - for example, why did a plea bargain which allowed Britain's biggest arms company to escape bribery prosecution, go almost entirely unchallenged in television news? Schlosberg addresses these questions and explains the nature of public debate in the digital age.

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Media and Public Shaming - Julian Petley
Call Number: PN 4735 .M43 2013
ISBN: 9781780765877
Publication Date: 2013
The media today are frequently in conflict with politicians and celebrities over the disclosure of private information and behavior. However, when the media spotlight is shone on legal personal behavior involving ordinary people, many question whether such matters are really in the 'public interest'. In this book, leading academics, commentators and journalists from a variety of different cultures, consider the extent to which the media are entitled to reveal details of people's private lives, the laws and regulations which govern such revelations, and whether these are still relevant in the age of social media. Also available online.

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Undercover Reporting - Brooke Kroeger
Call Number: PN 4888 .I56 K76 2012
ISBN: 9780810126190
Publication Date: 2012
While it may seem paradoxical, much of the valuable journalism in the past century and a half has emerged from undercover investigations that employed subterfuge or deception to expose wrong. Kroeger asserts that undercover work embodies a central discipline of good reporting; the ability to extract significant information or to create indelible, real-time descriptions of hard-to-penetrate institutions or social situations that deserve the public's attention.

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Ethics for Public Communication - Clifford G. Christians; Mark Fackler; John P. Ferre
Call Number: P 94 .C4465 2012
ISBN: 9780195374544
Publication Date: 2011
Focusing on one historic episode per chapter, this book is divided into three parts that represent the three major functions of the media within democratic societies:news, persuasion, and entertainment. Blending classic and contemporary cases, these three very well known authors discuss media ethics with a thorough grounding in theory, particularly communitarian theory, an antidote to the more widely discussed libertarian theory.

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On the Condition of Anonymity - Matt Carlson
Call Number: PN 4781 .C38 2011
ISBN: 9780252035999
Publication Date: 2011
Matt Carlson confronts the promise and perils of unnamed sources in this exhaustive analysis of controversial episodes in American journalism during the George W. Bush administration. Weaving a narrative thread that stretches from the uncritical post-9/11 era to the spectacle of the Scooter Libby trial, Carlson reveals new insights about high-profile cases involving confidential sources, and he highlights contextual and structural features of the era, including pressure from the right, scrutiny from new media and citizen journalists, and the struggles of traditional media to survive amid increased competition and decreased resources. Also available online.


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