Journalism Ethics and Regulation looks closely at the ethical considerations, moral dilemmas and challenges the practicing journalist faces every day. It provides journalism students and trainee journalists with the tools to make informed ethical decisions in their working lives.
In addition, Journalism Ethics and Regulation guides students through the maze of regulatory frameworks and codes of practice which they often find tough to negotiate.
2. What Are Ethics?
3. News: Towards a Definition
4. Morality of Reporting
5. The Good Journalist
6. Truth, Accuracy, Objectivity and Trust
7. Privacy and Intrusion
8. Gathering the News
9. Reporting the Vulnerable
10. Deciding What To Publish
11. Taste and Decency; Harm and Offence
12. Professional Practice
14. History of Print Regulation
15. History of Broadcast Regulation
16. Codes of Conduct as a Regulatory System
17. Regulation Systems in the UK
18. The Experience Abroad
19. The Future
21. Glossary and Bibliography
As technology changes traditional journalistic practice and democratises news gathering, the journalist's path through the ethical and regulatory frameworks has become tougher to negotiate. As high-profile celebrity cases such as Catherine Zeta-Jones' vividly illustrate, conflicts between the law, ethics and the publics right and desire to be informed are not easily resolved. It could also be argued that a market-dominated approach has dispensed with social responsibility and given priority to profit over ethics, and to circulation over public responsibility.
This comprehensive volume addresses the ethical considerations, dilemmas and challenges the practising journalist faces, each minute, every day. Providing context and practical advice, it explores an area of crucial importance for the 21st century, thoroughly equipping the reader with the information and tools to negotiate this challenging area knowledgeably, practically and responsibly.
This book has been written for students and trainee journalists, working journalists and editors, and indeed for any student of the media.
Chris Frost is Professor and Head of Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University. Before moving into teaching he worked in newspapers for more than twenty years as a journalist and editor. He is the author of Media Ethics and Self-Regulation, Reporting for Journalists and Designing for Newspapers and Magazines, is a former president of the National Union of Journalists and chairs the NUJ's Ethics Council.
' This book is a timely, comprehensive and indispensable handbook for journalists and a rallying cry for all those who believe ethical journalism is not just possible but an essential part of a free media in a democratic society. Using real life examples Chris Frost's book is both a practical tool which deserves a place on every journalist's desk and an unbeatable guide to the origins, failures and successes of media regulation in the UK and beyond.'
Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists
"Given the endless controversies around privacy, ethics and media regulation this book is a timely, comprehensive and indispensable handbook for journalists and a rallying cry for all those who believe ethical journalism is not just possible but an essential part of a free media in a democratic society.
Using real life examples Chris Frost's book is both a practical tool which deserves a place on every journalist's desk and an unbeatable guide to the origins, failures and successes of media regulation in the UKand beyond.
Chris Frost stands robustly in favour of a more ethical journalism - his book is a very welcome contribution to the debate about the role of journalists and regulation in achieving that".
- Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Unionof Journalists (NUJ)