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The Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics

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ISBN 9780367206475
August 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
536 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The volume provides a comprehensive discussion of enduring and emerging challenges to ethical journalism worldwide.

The collection highlights journalism practice that makes a positive contribution to people’s lives, investigates the link between institutional power and ethical practices in journalism, and explores the relationship between ethical standards and journalistic practice. Chapters in the volume represent three key commitments: 1) ensuring practice informed by theory, 2) providing professional guidance to journalists, and 3) offering an expanded worldview that examines journalism ethics beyond traditional boundaries and borders. With input from over 60 expert contributors, it offers a global perspective on journalism ethics and embraces ideas from well-known and emerging journalism scholars and practitioners from around the world.

The Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics serves as a one-stop shop for journalism ethics scholars and students as well as industry practitioners and experts.

Table of Contents


Lada Trifonova Price, Karen Sanders, and Wendy N. Wyatt

Section 1: The development of journalism ethics and perspectives from around the world

  1. Why ethics still matters
  2. Karen Sanders

  3. From parochial to global: The turbulent history of journalism ethics
  4. Stephen J.A. Ward

  5. From journalism ethics to communication ethics
  6. Pieter J. Fourie

  7. Becoming Junzi: A Confucian approach to journalism ethics
  8. Yayu Feng

  9. Journalism culture and ethical ideology
  10. Thomas Hanitzsch

  11. Revisiting the requirements of Hutchins: Context and coverage in the post-George Floyd world
  12. Scott Libin

  13. Treating "local" journalists ethically: International news organizations and global media ethics
  14. Lindsay Palmer

  15. The case for global media ethics
  16. Herman Wasserman

  17. Slow journalism as ethical journalism?
  18. Tony Harcup

  19. An Islamic perspective on media ethics: Revisiting Western journalism ethics
  20. Saadia I. Malik

  21. I am because we are: A relational approach to journalism
  22. Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian

  23. Journalism ethics and practice in enclave societies
  24. Nakhi Mishol-Shauli and Oren Golan

  25. "Tell China’s story well" – Ethical orientations of Chinese journalists in international reporting
  26. Tianbo Xu and Minyao Tang

  27. Formal freedom but tacit control: Journalism in Japan
  28. Shinji Oi, Shinsuke Sako, and Masaki Naka

  29. Ethical choices in Brazilian journalism: Corruption, investigation, and community media
  30. Raquel Paiva and Alexandre Enrique Leitão

  31. Visual Ethics: A matter of survival
  32. Julianne H. Newton


    Section 2: Enduring issues in journalism ethics

    Part 1) Broad issues

  33. The ethics of privacy and the public interest: From principle to application
  34. Franz Krüger

  35. Exploring key principles: Neutrality, balance, objectivity, and truth
  36. Richard Thomas

  37. Professional autonomy in an age of corporate interests
  38. Angela Phillips

  39. The ethics of transparency
  40. Stephanie Craft and Tim P. Vos

  41. Journalism ethics and political satire
  42. Chad Painter

  43. "Ventriloquists’ dummies" or truth bringers? The journalist’s role in giving whistle-blowers a voice
  44. Paul Lashmar

  45. Ethical approaches to reporting death and trauma affecting ordinary people
  46. Jackie Newton and Sallyanne Duncan

  47. Islam in the news: A model for transformation
  48. Jacqui Ewart and Kate O'Donnell

  49. Ethics and reporting on religion: From public interest to public good
  50. Verica Rupar

  51. Representing women: Challenges for the UK media and beyond
  52. Suzanne Franks and Katie Toms

    Part 2) Case studies on day-to-day practices

  53. The ethics of reporting rape in India: A case study
  54. Somava Pande

  55. Suicide news items and the pornographization of death: A Turkish case study
  56. Elif Korap Özel and Şadiye Deniz

  57. Journalism ethics and the political economy of zakazukha and kompromat in Russia
  58. Anna Klyueva

  59. Echo chamber journalism: Migration reporting in Hungary
  60. Péter Bajomi-Lázár

  61. Beyond the ethics of objectivity: Covering the refugee crisis in Slovenia
  62. Dejan Jontes

  63. Media capture in Central and Eastern Europe: The corrosive impact on democracy and desecration of journalistic ethics
  64. William Horsley

  65. Mapping ethical dilemmas for sports journalism: An overview of the Spanish landscape
  66. José Luis Rojas-Torrijos and Xavier Ramon-Vegas


    Section 3: Emerging issues in journalism ethics

  67. Ethical issues in data journalism
  68. Bastiaan Vanacker

  69. Ethical issues in large-scale journalistic investigations
  70. Gillian Phillips

  71. Journalists’ use of UGC and automated content: Ethical issues
  72. Ramón Salaverría

  73. Algorithmic news: Ethical implications of bias in artificial intelligence in journalism
  74. Kathleen Bartzen Culver and Xerxes Minocher

  75. The moral mandate of virtual reality journalism 
  76. John V. Pavlik

  77. Clickbait and banal news
  78. David Harte

  79. "BREAKING NEWS" – Sourcing, online newsgathering, and verification
  80. David A. Craig

  81. The case for using informed consent in journalism
  82. Bruce Gillespie

  83. Ethical implications of the right to be forgotten
  84. Ana Azurmendi

  85. The influence of fake news: Rebuilding public trust in journalism
  86. Kati Tusinski Berg

  87. Native advertising and the negotiation of autonomy, transparency, and deception
  88. Raul Ferrer-Conill, Michael Karlsson, and Elizabeth Van Couvering

  89. Journalism ethics and its participatory turn
  90. Tobias Eberwein

  91. Facebook and the boundaries of professional journalism
  92. Brett G. Johnson and Kim Kelling


    Section 4: Standard setting

  93. Press self-regulation in an international context
  94. Susanne Fengler

  95. Journalism codes of conduct and ethics as a form of media governance
  96. Katharine Sarikakis and Lisa Winter

  97. Responsible freedom: The democratic challenge of regulating online media
  98. Jessica Heesen

  99. Setting limits and controlling the media for ethical journalism
  100. Chris Frost

  101. Organizational ethics: Theories and evidence of the influence of organizations on news content and the ethics of individual journalists
  102. Renita Coleman and Hussain Alkhafaji

  103. Where accountability is insufficient, bad journalism thrives: The case of the United Kingdom press
  104. Brian Cathcart

  105. Media accountability and complaint handling in Spain
  106. Dolors Palau-Sampio

  107. Reminders of responsibility: Journalism ethics codes in Western Europe
  108. Epp Lauk

  109. Masters in their own house: Media self-regulation as a safeguard for press freedom
  110. Svein Brurås

  111. Ethics codes in post-communist countries: The case of Bulgaria and Romania
  112. Lada Trifonova-Price

  113. The humble yet lofty goals of a journalism ethics course

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Lada Trifonova Price is a senior journalism lecturer in the Department of Media, Arts, and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K. She is a former journalist, and her current research focuses on media and journalistic practice in transitional democracies. She is a co-director of education at the Centre for Freedom of the Media, one of the leading non-profit organizations in the field of journalism safety. Some recent publications include original research articles on media corruption, chapters on impact of media censorship and self-censorship on journalism in post-communist countries, and analyses of the effects of democratization on the media landscape of Bulgaria and Romania.

Karen Sanders is a professor of communication and politics at St Mary’s University (London, U.K). She has published widely on ethics, identity, and public communication and is the author of key texts such as Ethics and Journalism (Sage) and Communicating Politics in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmilllan). She is a founding member of the journal Ethical Space and of the Association of Political Communication (ACOP). Previously professor in Madrid and Sheffield University, she lived for a time in Peru, resulting in the publication of an account of the intellectual foundations of the modern Peruvian state. Sanders has a special interest in understanding and fostering respectful communication in high‐risk organizations.

Wendy N. Wyatt is the vice provost for academic affairs and a professor of media ethics at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota in the U.S. Her research focuses on issues of media and democracy, and she has particular interests in journalism ethics, citizen responsibilities to the media, and media literacy. Wyatt was part of the five-person editorial team that guided development of the Online News Association’s "Build Your Own Ethics Code" platform.