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Good News : Social Ethics and the Press - Clifford G. Christians


Published: 3rd June 1993
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Mass media ethics and the classical liberal ideal of the autonomous individual are historically linked and professionally dominant--yet the authors of this work feel this is intrinsically flawed. They show how recent research in philosophy and social science--together with a longer tradition in theological inquiry--insist that community, mutuality, and relationship are fundamental to a full concept of personhood. The authors argue that "persons-in-community" provides a more defensible grounding for journalists' professional moral decision-making in crucial areas such as truthtelling, privacy, organizational culture, and balanced coverage. With numerous examples drawn from life as well as from theory, this book will interest journalists, editors, and professionals in media management as well as students and scholars of media ethics, reporting, and media law.

"Christians, Ferre, and Fackler offer an intellectually provocative account of journalism and ethics that will in many ways define the terms of debate for years to come. Good News is good news for anyone interested in an intellectually rich treatment of questions of media ethics and
responsibility."--Theodore L. Glasser, Stanford University
"Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with its conclusions, Good News is a thoughtful proposal that deserves debate."--The Banner
"By far, the best work on media ethics I've encountered. It goes far beyond the cursory treatment of situational ethics and case studies to an intelligent, compassionate normative ethics set in the context of the history of Western thought."--Heidi Ziolkowski, Cal. State University, Long Beach

Introductionp. 3
When Culture Suppressesp. 7
Perspective and World Viewp. 10
The Model's Four Elementsp. 12
Enlightenment Individualismp. 18
The Eighteenth-Century Mindp. 18
Libertarian Press Theoryp. 25
Academic Media Ethicsp. 32
Deficiencies in Individual Autonomyp. 41
Normative Social Ethicsp. 44
Communitarian Ethicsp. 49
The Incredibility of Ethical Relativismp. 54
Mutualityp. 61
Types of Ethical Thinkingp. 75
Epiloguep. 83
Civic Transformationp. 84
Patchwork or Fundamental Change?p. 84
Rethinking the Press's Missionp. 86
News: The Justice Storyp. 91
News: The Making of Covenantp. 98
News: The Empowerment Storyp. 105
News as Social Narrativep. 113
Organizational Culturep. 123
Two Modelsp. 124
Corporate Moral Agencyp. 128
Organizational Discoursep. 132
The Humanized Workplacep. 141
Institutional Infrastructurep. 156
Conclusionp. 163
Normative Pluralismp. 164
The Technical Artificep. 167
Purposive Naturep. 173
History as a Normed Processp. 175
World-View Pluralismp. 185
Conclusionp. 194
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780195084320
ISBN-10: 0195084322
Series: Communication and Society
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd June 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.67  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.45