"Given the endless controversies around privacy, ethics and media regulation this book is a timely, comprehensive and indispensable handbook for journalists and a rallying cry for all those who believe ethical journalism is not just possible but an essential part of a free media in a democratic society.
Using real life examples Chris Frost's book is both a practical tool which deserves a place on every journalist's desk and an unbeatable guide to the origins, failures and successes of media regulation in the UKand beyond.
Chris Frost stands robustly in favour of a more ethical journalism - his book is a very welcome contribution to the debate about the role of journalists and regulation in achieving that".
- Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Unionof Journalists (NUJ)
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'This book is a timely, comprehensive and indispensable handbook for journalists and a rallying cry for all those who believe ethical journalism is not just possible but an essential part of a free media in a democratic society. Using real-life examples, Chris Frost's book is both a practical tool which deserves a place on every journalist's desk and an unbeatable guide to the origins, failures and successes of media regulation in the UK and beyond.'
Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists
Technology and the democratising of news gathering continue to change traditional journalistic practice, making the path through ethical and regulatory frameworks tough to negotiate. As high-profile celebrity cases such as Max Mosley's vividly illustrate, conflicts between the law, ethics and the publics right and desire to be informed are not easily resolved.
This comprehensive volume addresses the ethical considerations, dilemmas and challenges the practising journalist faces, each minute, every day. Providing context and practical advice, it explores an area of crucial importance for the 21st century, thoroughly equipping the reader with the information and tools to negotiate this challenging area knowledgeably, practically and responsibly.
New to this third edition
- Updated to include the latest arguments and developments in print and broadcast regulation and the major research into the area
- New case studies and topical examples throughout, including Stephen Gately, Max Mosley and the News of the World
- Further consideration of changes and issues brought about by new technology, including website archiving and the 'right to forget'
- More on the tensions between free expression and anti-terrorism laws
- Dedicated new chapter on reputation; more coverage of privacy
- A broader look at ethics abroad and regulation beyond the UK
- Author's blog at http://ethics-regulation.blogspot.com/
- Comprehensive coverage of core ethical issues, such as the ethics of news gathering, intrusion and privacy, and the difficulties of achieving truth, accuracy and objectivity under pressure
- Provides journalists with the tools to make informed ethical decisions in their day-to-day work
- Looks at what underpins ethics both in terms of everyday, minute-to-minute decisions and from where historically and philosophically codes and practices have emerged
- Considers the differences and blurring distinctions between regulation (both self- and statutory) and practice for print and broadcast journalism
- Provides detailed coverage of the main codes of practice and regulatory bodies PCC, Ofcom, BBC, NUJ etc. in the UK and beyond
This book has been written for students and trainee journalists, working journalists and editors, and indeed for any student of the media.
Chris Frost is Professor and Head of Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University. Before moving into teaching, he worked in newspapers for more than twenty years as a journalist and editor. He is also the author of Reporting for Journalists and Designing for Newspapers and Magazines, a former president of the National Union of Journalists, and chairs the NUJ's Ethics Council.