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The Routledge Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

2nd Edition

Edited by Lee Wilkins, Clifford G. Christians


624 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This fully updated second edition of the popular handbook provides an exploration of thinking on media ethics, bringing together the intellectual history of global mass media ethics over the past 40 years, summarising existing research and setting future agenda grounded in philosophy and social science.

This second edition offers up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of media ethics, including source ethics, social media, the roots of law in ethics, and documentary film. The wide range of contributors include scholars and former professionals who worked as journalists, public relations professionals, and advertising practitioners. They lay out both a good grounding from which to begin more in-depth and individualized explorations, and extensive bibliographies for each chapter to aid that process.

For students and professionals who seek to understand and do the best work possible, this book will provide both insight and direction. Standing apart in its comprehensive coverage, the Handbook is required reading for scholars, graduate students, and researchers in media, mass communication, journalism, ethics, and related areas.

Table of Contents



Lee Wilkins and Clifford G. Christians


1. A Philosophically Based Inquiry into the Nature of Communicating Humans

Wayne Woodward

2. A Short History of Media Ethics in the United States

John Ferré

3. Essential Shared Values and 21st Century Journalism

Deni Elliott

4. Moral Development: A Psychological Approach to Understanding Moral Decision-Making

Renita Coleman and Lee Wilkins

5. On the Unfortunate Divide Between Media Ethics and Media Law

Theodore L. Glasser and Morgan N. Weiland

6. The Search for Universals

Thomas W. Cooper and Clifford G. Christians

7. Justice in Media Ethics

Shakuntala Rao


8. Truth and Objectivity

Stephen J. A. Ward

9. Photojournalism Ethics: A 21st Century Primal Dance of Behavior, Technology, and Ideology

Julianne H. Newton

10. Why Diversity Is an Ethical Issue

Ginny Whitehouse

11. The Ethics of Advocacy: Moral Reasoning in the Practice of Public Relations

Sherry Baker

12. The Ethics of Propaganda and the Propaganda of Ethics

Jay Black

13. Exploring Latin American Advertising Ethics: Legislation and Self-Regulation

Salvador Raymundo Victor

14. Serious Moral Problems and Emerging Ethical Issues in China’s Media

Jiang Zhan

15. Perspectives on Pornography Demand Ethical Critique

Wendy Wyatt and Kris E. Bunton

16. Violence

Patrick Lee Plaisance

17. The Eroding Boundaries Between News and Entertainment and What They Mean for Democratic


Bruce A. Williams and Michael X Delli Carpini

18. What Can We Get Away With? The Ethics of Art and Entertainment in a Neoliberal World

Angharad N. Valdivia

19. Culture Is Normative

Chad Painter


20. Justice as a Journalistic Value and Goal

David A. Craig

21. Transparency in Journalism: Meanings, Merits, and Risks

Kyle Heim and Stephanie Craft

22. Coercion, Consent, and the Struggle for Social Media

Kevin Healey

23. Digital Ethics in Autonomous Systems

Michael Bugeja

24. Peace Journalism

Seow Ting Lee

25. Toward an Institution-Based Theory of Privacy

Lee Wilkins and Philip Patterson


26. Islamic Reform for Democracy and Global Peace

Haydar Badawi Sadig

27. Buddhist Moral Ethics: Intend No Harm, Intend to Be of Benefit

S. Holly Stocking

28. Communitarianism

Mark Fackler

29. Feminist Media Ethics

Linda Steiner

30. Spatial Ethics and Freedom of Expression

David S. Allen

31. Media Ownership in a Corporate Age

Matthew P. McAllister and Jennifer M. Proffitt

32. The Media in Evil Circumstances

Robert S. Fortner

33. Ethical Tensions in News Making: What Journalism Has in Common with Other Professions

Sandra L. Borden and Peggy Bowers

About the Editors

Lee Wilkins is a professor emerita at the Missouri School of Journalism and Wayne State University.

Clifford G. Christians is Research Professor of Communications, Professor of Media Studies and Professor of Journalism Emeritus at the University of Illinois.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies