Part 1 – News
Alia, Valerie, Brian Brennan, and Barry Hoffmaster, eds. 1996. Deadlines and Diversity: Journalism Ethics in a Changing World. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing.
Canada ‘s first anthology in journalism ethics, with contributors from both practitioners and academics. Deals with broad issues such as objectivity, ethnic diversity, and codes. Also focuses on particular problems such as radio talk shows, sports journalism, art criticism, and editorial cartoons.
Atkins, Joseph B. ed. 2002. The Mission: Journalism, Ethics, and the World.Ames, Iowa: Iowa State Press.
Collection of essays from leading writers in the field of media ethics on various topics related to journalism such as state control, the public good, social responsibility, pluralism, and the impact of the bottom line on journalism.
Belsey, Andrew and Chadwick, Ruth, eds. 1992. Ethical Issues in Journalism and the Media. London: Routledge.
Collection of essays from various authors exploring ethical issues in journalism, including freedom, democracy, truth, objectivity and privacy.
Boeyink, David E. and Borden, Sandra L. 2010. Making hard Choices in Journalism Ethics: Cases and Practices. New York: Routledge.
Case-based approach to ethical decision making in journalism. The authors argue that the best way to make an ethical decision is to look closely at a particular situation rather than looking first to an abstract set of ethical theories or principles.
Christians, Clifford G., John P. Ferre, and P. Mark Fackler. 1993. Good News: Social Ethics and the Press. New York: Oxford University Press.
This book develops a communitarian model for the press’s context and structure. It is designed as a theoretical alternative to the individualistic approaches to media ethics that have dominated under the Enlightenment’s influence.
Cohen, Elliot D., and Deni Elliot, eds. 1997. Journalism Ethics: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
Reviews the major issues in journalism morality today, including intrusion into privacy, graphic media, computer technology, and misleading reporting. Reference chapters on important court cases, codes of ethics, and media organizations.
Cooper, Thomas W. 1989. Communication Ethics and Global Change. New York: Longman.
Essays from sixteen countries on important issues in media ethics. Overview chapters on the important international issues are included in sections I and III. Codes of Ethics included in the Appendix.
Elliott, Deni T., ed. 1986. Responsible Journalism. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
Nine essays by academics, examining issues in press theory and social responsibility.
Ettema, James A., and Theodore L. Glasser. 1998. Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue. New York: Columbia University Press.
This book is based on extensive interviews with award-winning newspaper and television reporters. The authors conclude that investigative journalists are custodians of the public conscience.
Englehardt, Elaine E., and Ralph D. Barney. 2002. Media and Ethics: Principles for Moral Decisions. Stamford, CT: Wadsworth.
Moral reasoning questions are used to examine classic and contemporary areas in public relations, advertising and journalism. Useful appendices on codes of ethics and web sites on ethics are included.
Good, Howard ed. 2008. Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies. Lanham, Maryland: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
Provides an accessible guide to journalism ethics. Not only does the text provide an in-depth look into questions of ethical practice in journalism, but also the text utilizes popular movies to illustrate ethical dilemmas that journalists face on a daily basis.
Iggers, Jeremy. 1999. Good News, Bad News: Journalism Ethics and the Public Interest. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.
The author argues that journalism largely ignores ethical issues regarding the public interest and the civic responsibilities of the press. Complicated by changes in the ownership and organization of the news media and the rise of market-driven journalism, Iggers argues that journalism is impossible without a public that cares about the common life.
Kasoma, Francis P., ed. 1994. Journalism Ethics in Africa. Nairobi: African Council for Communication Education.
Five chapters on theoretical issues from African perspectives, and four chapters of application to photojournalism and news reporting.
Keeble, Richard. 2001. Ethics for Journalists. London: Routledge.
Keeble uses a question-and-answer strategy to examine the everyday dilemmas that journalists face—privacy, representation of minorities, confidential sources, tabloids, and so forth.
Knowlton, Steven R., and Patrick R. Parsons, eds. 1995. The Journalist’s Moral Compass: Basic Principles. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
An anthology of twenty-four readings, from john Milton to John Merrill. Together they seek to describe the basic principles that govern contemporary American journalism. These common principles (many of them embodied in the SPJ Code of Ethics) are set against the major issues that challenge them.
Meyers, Christopher, ed. 2010. Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach.New York: Oxford University Press.
Several contributors examine issues in journalism such as objectivity, privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, the history of journalism, online journalism, and the definition of a journalist. Furthermore, the text connects classical ethical principles with purposes of journalism.
Lambeth, Edmund B. 1992. Committed Journalism: An Ethic for the Profession, 2d ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Outlines a framework for ethical journalism from the codes, ideals, and best practice in the field.
Limburg, Val E. 1994. Electronic Media Ethics. Boston: Focal Press.
Critical issues in broadcast ethics are examined-in radio, television, entertainment, broadcast news, advertising, and telecommunications. Uses historical and theoretical approaches, as well as professional codes, for ethical guidelines.
Merrill, John C. 1997. Journalism Ethics: Philosophical Foundations for News Media. New York: St. Martins Press.
Explores such concepts as individualism, communitarianism, propaganda, and responsibility in order to understand the foundations of everyday journalism practice.
Merrill, John C. & Barney, Ralph D., eds. 1975. Ethics and the Press: Readings in Mass Media Morality. New York: Hastings House.
Collection of essays from respected media ethics scholars explores ethical dilemmas in journalism including objectivity, creditability, and truth.
Newton, Julianne H. 2001. The Burden of Visual Truth: The Role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Examines the theoretical bases for visual truth, describes its significance in contemporary culture, and develops a social responsibility perspective on it.
Pippert, Wesley G. 1989. An Ethics of News: A Reporter’s Search for Truth.Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Analysis of ethical issues in news, based on the author’s personal experiences. Focuses on the issue of truth telling.
Rivers, William L., Wilbur Schramm, and Clifford Christians. 1980. Responsibility in Mass Communication, 3d ed. New York: Harper and Row.
A classic text on media ethics that argues for the social responsibility option.
Sanders, Karen. 2003. Ethics and Journalism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Explores the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists in all areas of the media. Subjects such as private lives and the public interest; coverage of death, disease, and destruction are substantially covered in the text.
Seib, Philip, and Kathy Fitzpatrick. 1997. Journalism Ethics. New York: Harcourt Brace.
Using cases and ethical analysis, the authors deal with issues such as tabloids, conflicts of interest, deception, and diversity.
Shamsi, Nayyar. 2005. Journalism Ethics & Code. New Deli, India: Anmol Publications.
A non-Western approach to media ethics in journalism. Topics covered include ethical codes, principles of morality, freedom of expression, and media law.
Smith, Ron F. 2008. Ethics in Journalism, 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
This classic text of ethics in journalism addresses issues in journalism including truth and objectivity, sources, deception, compassion, privacy, conflicts of interests, and the business of journalism.
Smith, Ron F. 1999. Groping for Ethics in Journalism, 4th ed. Ames: Iowa State University Press.
Explores a variety of issues: conflicts of interest, deception, misrepresentation, privacy, sources, and incompetence. Based on interviews with a wide ranging sample of professionals and academics, and a review of the media codes and literature.