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Aaron Quinn 
Virtue Ethics and Professional Journalism 

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This book examines the moral role of news media practitioners and organizations, and applies a modified philosophical account of Virtue Ethics as a framework for the role of journalists—and journalism organizations—in public life. It shows how journalists and news organizations that adopt an aim towards professional excellence (virtue) by putting a premium on investigative journalism—with both large and small measures depending on the nature of the reporting—can achieve lofty professional goals under modern deadlines. The news media, both electronic and traditional, are imperative to an informed public, and an informed public is critical to a properly functioning cross-section of social, government and corporate domains. The book emphasizes the virtues of justice and integrity as foundational to professional practice. It examines the modern ethical challenges presented by organizations ranging from online upstarts to massive media conglomerates, each that have economic challenges that can inhibit professional excellence through corruption or corrosion. The author applies his account of virtue—bolstered by suggestions for complementary reforms in education and regulation—to improve an ethically challenged industry as it undergoes significant technological change.





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Table of Content

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Corruption and Journalism.- Chapter 3: What is a Profession?.- Chapter 4: Autonomy and Moral Responsibility in Journalism.- Chapter 5: Moral Psychology for Professional Journalists.- Chapter 6: Professional Detachment (and Attachment) in Journalism.- Chapter 7: Confidential Sourcing and Anonymous Documents.- Chapter 8: Rehabilitating Education for Journalists.- Chapter 9: Governance in Professional Journalism.- Chapter 10: A Profession of Journalism?

About the author


Aaron Quinn is Professor of Journalism & Public Relations at California State University, Chico. Aaron is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of journalism ethics, and he is co-author of the book Media, Markets, and Morals with Wiley-Blackwell. His primary research interests are in journalism ethics with an emphasis on virtue theory, anti-corruption and questions surrounding moral responsibility in professional conduct.

Language English ● Format PDF ● Pages 177 ● ISBN 9783030014285 ● File size 1.9 MB ● Age 02-99 years ● Publisher Springer International Publishing ● City Cham ● Country CH ● Published 2018 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 6704226 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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