'Richard Keeble's book asks questions which dominate our working lives and it is invaluable not just to working journalists and students, but to the reading and listening public on whom our work depends. There isn't a journalist who would not benefit from reading this book especially if he or she attempts to answer some of the questions in it.'
- Paul Foot
From the Back Cover
Ethics for Journalists tackles many of the issues which journalists face in their everyday lives - from the media's supposed obsession with sex, sleaze and sensationalism, to issues of regulation and censorship. Its accessible style and question and answer approach highlights the relevance of ethical issues for everyone involved in journalism, both trainees and professionals, whether working in print, broadcast or new media.
Ethics for Journalists provides a comprehensive overview of ethical dilemmas and features interviews with a number of journalists, including the celebrated correspondent Phillip Knightely. Presenting a range of imaginative strategies for improving media standards and supported by a thorough bibliography and a wide ranging list of websites, Ethics for Journalists considers many problematic subjects including:
The representation of women, blacks, gays and lesbians, and the mentally ill
Controversial calls for a privacy law to restrain the power of the press
Journalistic techniques such as sourcing the news, doorstepping, deathknocks and the use of subterfuge
The impact of competition, ownership and advertising on media standards
The handling of confidential sources and the dilemmas of war reporting