The 2003 incarnation of the Colloquia 2000 series on Applied Media Ethics--the fourth in a decade-long series--offered an opportunity for application of various comparative yardsticks testing media ethics maturity. This special double issue reflects concerns of interest to most areas of professional ethics, and concerns of particular interest to media ethicists: the nature of accountability, obligation, power, virtue, and professional-client relationships. In addition, it:
*demonstrates a divide between media ethicists and those of other professions;
*investigates the nature of power;
*discusses the subjects of journalism and virtue;
*carries out the theme of ethics across the professions in the Cases and Commentaries, where five writers grapple with one of the better publicized issues in recent media ethics literature: the Los Angeles Times' imbroglio known as "The Staple Affair;" and
*includes a book review section covering advertising and consumer-citizens, advertising's erotic history, global public relations, general media ethics textbooks, understanding "rules" in society and business, media coverage of the war in Iraq, and a collection of free speech profiles.
Volume 19, Numbers 3 & 4, 2004
Contents: Foreword. Report Cards. L.H. Newton, L. Hodges, S. Keith, Accountability in the Professions: Accountability in Journalism. W. Barger, R.D. Barney, Media-Citizen Reciprocity as a Moral Mandate. M. Davis, The One-Sided Obligations of Journalism. P.J. Bowers, C. Meyers, A. Babbili, Power, Ethics, and Journalism: Toward an Integrative Approach. G.S. Adam, S. Craft, E.D. Cohen, Three Essays on Journalism and Virtue. R. Coleman, T. May, Professional-Client Relationships: Rethinking Confidentiality, Harm, and Journalists' Public Health Duties. CASE AND COMMENTARIES: Tearing Down the Walls. BOOK REVIEWS: R.M. Dubiel, Advertising and the Consumer-Citizen. L. Souder, Uneven Approach to Ethical Analysis. L.A. Peck, Real Thinking: A Moral Checklist for the Novice. J.M. Haney, Ethical Challenge of Global Public Relations. M.R. Friedman, Missing What Can't Be Measured. I. Marquand, Chicken Soup for the Cynic's Soul. I. Marquand, Speaking Out.