Media Ethics is independent and inclusive. It is editorially eclectic and neither its sponsors, its editor, or its staff are responsible for its content. It strives to present and examine ideas, provide a forum for opinion and research articles on media ethics, as well as a venue for announcements and reviews of meetings, opportunities, and publications. Media Ethics welcomes any and all contributions. All submitted manuscripts are subject to editing at the discretion of the editor.
Photographs and other illustrations often are digitally altered. Unless otherwise specified, authors and photographers retain all rights to their work, subject only to print and electronic publication by Media Ethics itself.
BY ROBERT JENSEN
Robert Jensen's critique of Thomas Patterson's book, Informing the News, explores the gaps left by Patterson's narrow definition of excellence as bounded by the ideology of the powerful.
BY THOMAS E. PATTERSON
Thomas Patterson agrees with Robert Jensen's critique of Informing the News; he disagrees with his solution.
BY KENNETH F. BUNTING
Kenneth Bunting reminds journalists, practicing and aspiring ones, that we are in the truth business, not the blame game.
BY EDWARD WASSERMAN
Edward Wasserman point out to the press why the miracle of sources, people willing to come forward and speak up, should be respected.
BY RAYMOND FIELDING
Raymond Fielding explores the human fascination with the grotesque and horrific, and its reflection in doomsday programming.
BY JOSEPH MARREN AND JASON GRINNELL
A view of New York City in the 1970s as seen through the philisophical lens of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan.
BY JERRY LANSON
Jerry Lanson on the risk news organizations take in ignoring the small stories.
BY MANNY PARASCHOS
Manny Paraschos asks if there should be a zero tolerance policy on paid interviews and whether the Washington Post really had to set the record straight and muscular.
BY TOM COOPER
Tom Cooper outlines some of the issues discussed at the 2014 PTC.