Chapter 1: Institutional Pressures. How can a business influence news? Is news reporting a business or a service? What does the public have a right to know?. The cases in this chapter deal with the ethical dilemmas of internal and external pressures in the business world. Chapter 1 Cases.
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The cases in this chapter deal with the ethical dilemmas of internal and external pressures in the business world.
Daily Briefing – A database of articles related to the Jayson Blair scandal.
The Jayson Blair Project – How did he bamboozle The New York Times?
What Went Wrong? – Did the accusations of plagiarism effect the public’s view of the media?
The Scandal behind the Scandal – This article explores the aspect of affirmative action as it applies to the Jayson Blair case.
Case 2: CNN in Baghdad
Case 2: Additional links
Eason Jordan's Statement – The original statement CNN’s Baghdad affiliate made in The New York Times.
CNN's Iraqi Cover-Up – An opinion piece promoting honesty above all things.
CNN thrown out of Baghdad – The results of Jordan’s announcement.
Silence of the CNN Lambs – Did the suppression of information hurt people in the long run?
Case 3: The AOL Time Warner Colossus
Case 3: Additional links
Media Conglomeration: A Threat to Press Freedom? – This article discusses a company’s ability to be unbiased.
Media Consolidation – A history of the FCC’s stance on media giants and what mergers mean for small business.
Time Warner – The official company site includes a history and list of companies owned by Time Warner.
AOL/ Time Warner Merger – A database of articles relating to Time Warner.
Case 4: NBC and GM’s Pickup
A sales brochure for the 1986 model GMC pickup truck.
Case 4: Additional links
Cars in the News – This article discusses other instances in which news magazines have gone too far in reporting vehicular safety.
Where NBC Went Wrong -This article lists reasons why such exposes are so common yet controversial.
Lawyer Frenzy - This article lists reasons why such exposes are so profitable for lawyers.
Video of Dateline’s Apology – The disgraced news magazine apologizes to General Motors and the public at large.
Case 5: The Wichita Experiment
Aristole’s Golden Mean
Profit Social responsibility
What the reader wants “spinach journalism”
Cheap, easy entertainment oblivious to reader
Case 5: Additional Links
Wichita Eagle – read the newspaper involved in the case.
American Society of Newspaper Editors – newspaper code of ethics.
Knight-Ridder – This site contains information on the Knight-Ridder corporation.