Ethics. Publicizing shootings?. Putting the faces and names of shooters on the front page—good or bad? Does it encourage more shootings and copycats?.
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Putting the faces and names of shooters on the front page—good or bad?
Does it encourage more shootings and copycats?
“America puts killers on the cover of Time magazine, giving them as much notoriety as our favorite movie stars. From Jesse James to Charles Manson, the media, since their inception, have turned criminals into folk heroes.
They just created two new ones when they plastered those dipshits Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris' pictures on the front of every newspaper. Don't be surprised if every kid who gets pushed around has two new idols.”
After a shooting spree at Standard Gravure by one of the printing company's former employees, The Courier-Journal published a front-page photograph of one of the victims. The photograph showed the dead victim lying on his back at the bottom of the stairs, his arms spread out and his body partially resting on a track used to move large rolls of paper. The photograph prompted more than 500 complaints and a lawsuit - won by The Courier-Journal - that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Readers quickly let the newspaper know that they disagreed and did not appreciate the vivid reminder of the previous day’s events on the front page of their morning paper.
You’ve known for months that the candidate is gay. And each time you raised the possibility of a story, everyone agreed: the man’s sex life was his business.
But now it’s different. A local newscast led with a story that highlighted the candidate’s activities with the local gay community. Even though the candidate "declined comment on his sexual preference," the story is undoubtedly out.
As a group, you will research an actual news story that was at the center of a journalistic ethical dilemma. You can choose which type of story you’d like to research – such as a sports, photo, political or crime story – as long as there is an ethical dilemma involved. You’ll analyze the situation using the various ethical theories we discuss in class. Then you’ll create a presentation about your dilemma, which you’ll present during lecture.
A PowerPoint presentation that summarizes/analyzes the ethical dilemma.
Each individual group member will write a one-page minimum, two-page double-spaced personal analysis of your group’s dilemma.
The group must turn in a quick run-down of who did what within each group.