2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

Edited By Lee Wilkins, Clifford G. Christians Copyright 2020
    550 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    550 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 the ethics of sources, 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 Routledge Handbook of Mass Media Ethics is required reading for scholars, graduate students, and researchers in media, mass communication, journalism, ethics, and related areas.



          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


    Lee Wilkins is 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.