3rd Edition

Ethics for Journalists

By Sallyanne Duncan Copyright 2023
    272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ethics for Journalists critically explores many of the dilemmas that journalists face in their work and supports journalists in good ethical decision-making. From building trust, to combatting disinformation, to minimizing harm to vulnerable people through responsible suicide reporting, this book provides substantial analysis of key contemporary ethical debates and offers guidance on how to address them.

    Revised and updated throughout, this third edition covers:

    • the influence of press freedom and misinformation on trust
    • the novel ethical challenges presented by social media
    • the need for diversity of sources and in the newsroom, specifically relating to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability
    • issues around vulnerable people—reporting traumatic events, bereaved people, suicide and privacy
    • health journalism and reporting a pandemic; and
    • the impact of regulation on professional standards

    Taking an accessible and engaging approach, including expert reflections on personal and professional experience, Ethics for Journalists provides a wealth of insight for those in journalism, from students and trainees to specialist correspondents and experienced editors.

    Introduction: Core principles of ethical journalism

    Sallyanne Duncan

    1. Trust, information disorder and freedom of expression: Influences on ethical journalism
    2. Sallyanne Duncan

    3. Regulating the mainstream media: Who guards the guardians?
    4. Sallyanne Duncan

      Ethics in Action: Aidan White, founder of the Ethical Journalism Network

    5. Journalists and social media: Entering an ‘ethical vacuum’
    6. Frances Yeoman

      Ethics in action: Jim Waterson, media editor of The Guardian

    7. Sources: The lifeblood of journalism
    8. Jackie Newton

      Ethics in action: Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

    9. Privacy and intrusion: Navigating the muddy waters of conflicting rights
    10. Sallyanne Duncan, with additional research by Anna Bryan

      Ethics in action: Joshua King, head of digital engagement and development at the Scotsman

    11. Covering death and trauma: Focus on compassion and respect
    12. Sallyanne Duncan

      Ethics in action: Jo Healey, journalist, author and founder of Trauma Reporting training

    13. Reporting suicide responsibly: A force for good
    14. Sallyanne Duncan

      Ethics in action: Gordon Allan, who was bereaved by suicide

    15. Diversity in the news: Seeking fair representation and inclusivity
    16. Sallyanne Duncan

      Ethics in action: Barnie Choudhury, editor-at-large of Eastern Eye

    17. The ethics of health journalism: Reporting a pandemic
    18. Petya Eckler and Ozan B. Mantar

      Ethics in action: Helen McArdle, health correspondent at The Herald

    19. Battling for news: Reporting war and conflict

    Richard Lance Keeble

    Ethics in action: Lara Pawson, former BBC World Service correspondent


    Sallyanne Duncan was a senior lecturer in journalism/journalism ethics at the University of Strathclyde, and a former regional newspaper journalist.