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Ethics & The Media. Com 160. Ethical issues in Journalism. Ethical limits on free speech. Public Safety (libel / slander). (Journalism). Obscenity- material where the ______ _______ as a whole appeals to prurient interest. Roth v US (1957) Average person rule Miller v CA (1973)

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ethical issues in journalism
Ethical issues in Journalism
  • Ethical limits on free speech.
  • Public Safety
  • (libel / slander)
journalism
(Journalism)
  • Obscenity- material where the ______ _______ as a whole appeals to prurient interest.
    • Roth v US (1957)
      • Average person rule
    • Miller v CA (1973)
      • Printing and selling
journalism4
(Journalism)
  • Indecency – material that is patently _______ as measured by contemporary community standards
    • Rules apply differently to broadcast TV vs Cable/Satellite TV/Satellite radio
  • On the internet?
    • Children’s Internet Protection Act
      • Schools & libraries –> _____ software
journalism5
(Journalism)
  • Accuracy
    • Evidence
    • Quotes
    • Hypothetical individuals
    • Create/Manipulate Photos
  • Jeopardizing a “scoop”
    • Check facts
    • _____ sources must confirm
journalism6
(Journalism)
  • Fairness
    • Choices about what to ______
    • Choices about being unfairly ______ of the subject of a story.
    • Choices about disclosing ________ that may be a conflict of interest.
  • Commercialism
    • If it bleeds, it _____
    • Staging visuals?
    • Pressure to improve ______
      • Sensationalism during “sweeps”
journalism7
(Journalism)
  • Press release journalism
  • Ombudsman
    • Represents the _____, alerts the newspaper to complaints, investigates them, recommends action (sometimes)
    • >40 newspapers
1947 hutchinson commission
1947 Hutchinson Commission
  • Whomever enjoys a special measure of freedom, like that of a professional journalist, has an obligation to society to use their freedom and powers responsibly.
  • Society’s welfare is paramount, more important than individ careers or even individ rights.
hutchinson commission guidelines
Hutchinson Commission Guidelines
  • Present meaningful _____, accurate and separated from opinion.
  • Serve as a forum for the exchg of comment & criticsim & to expand access to ____ pts of view.
  • Project a ____ picture of the constituent groups in society by avoiding the stereotypes & incl minority grps
  • Clarify the ___ & ____ of society.
  • Give broad coverage of what is known about society.