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Philosophical Issues in Journalism

Edited by Elliot D. Cohen

Publication Date - March 1992

ISBN: 9780195068986

288 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $99.99


Bringing together major writings on a wide range of conceptual issues underlying the theory and practice of journalism, this unique anthology covers topics such as what makes a story newsworthy, journalism and professional ethics, the right of free speech, privacy and news sources, politics and the power of the press, objectivity and bias, and the education of journalists. Including papers by key contemporary and classical authors such as Walter Lippmann, Joshua Halberstam, Tom L. Beauchamp, Fred Smoller, Edward J. Epstein, Herbert Gans, John Stuart Mill, Philip Meyer, and Theodore L. Glasser, this book introduces provocative issues in press ethics and philosophy that color or determine much of what we see and hear in today's media.

Table of Contents

    General Introduction
    Chapter 1. What Makes a Story "Newsworthy?"
    A Prolegomenon for a Theory of News, Joshua Halberstam
    The Significant Facts, Berny Morson
    Chapter 2. Morality, Competence, and Journalistic Excellence
    The Virtuous Journalist: Morality in Journalism, Stephen Klaidman and Tom L. Beauchamp
    Some Conflicting Assumptions of Journalistic Ethics, Stephen H. Daniel
    Chapter 3. Publication and Free Speech
    Liberty of Thought and Discussion, John Stuart Mill
    "Censorship": Some Distinctions, Judith Andre
    Chapter 4. Privacy, News Sources, and the Refusal to Testify
    Privacy, Morality, and the Law, W. A. Parent
    The Reporter's Refusal to Testify, Philip Meyer
    Chapter 5. Political Power and the Media
    The Role of the Media in Shaping Public Policy: The Myth of Power and the Power of Myth, Charles Green
    Network News Coverage of the Presidency: Implications for Democracy, Fred Smoller
    Chapter 6. Objectivity and News Reporting
    Stereotypes, Public Opinion, and the Press, Walter Lippmann
    Objectivity and News Bias, Theodore L. Glasser
    Chapter 7. Multiperspectivism and the Problem of News Distortion
    Multiperspectival News, Herbert J. Gans
    Some Reservations about Multiperspectival News, Jay Newman
    Chapter 8. Logical Foundations of News Reporting
    Understanding Errors and Biases That Can Affect Journalists, S. Holly Stocking and Paget H. Gross
    Devices of News Slanting in the Print Media, Howard Kahane
    Organizational Biases of Network News Reporting, Edward Jay Epstein
    Chapter 9. Philosophy and Journalistic Education
    Applying Philosophy to Journalism, Anthony Serafini
    What Can Philosophy Do for a Journalist?, Franklin Donnell
    Each chapter ends with Discussion Questions