A Theory of Justice, by John Rawls
A summary of John Rawls’ book, done in outline format with several bullet-pointed paragraphs of information to try to simplify the text. Rawls’ “Veil of Ignorance” is given its own paragraph of summary and explanation at the bottom of the page.
American Journalism Review (AJR Newslink)
This is a joint venture between Journalism and NewsLink Associates, an online research and consulting firm. It includes features from the printed edition of AJR magazine, the worldwide online publication lists of NewsLink, and original content created especially for online readers.
Applied Ethics Resource on the WWW
University of British Columbia Center for Applied Ethics created this great web page with links to all aspects of applied ethics including business, health, science, media, environment, animal welfare, and more.
This is from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Aristotle’s Ethics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Ethics)
Web essay published on Stanford University’s website discussing Aristotle and his various ethical systems, as well as how they impacted the world after him.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC)
This is an international association of nearly 3,300 journalism/mass communication faculty, students, administrators, and professionals. International in scope, its members come from more than 30 countries, with the majority working in the U.S. and Canada. Resources include research and publications by the AEJMC Media Ethics Interest Group.
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
Maintained by Indiana University. It is committed to encouraging high quality interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the theoretical and practical impacts of their subjects.
Books on Ethics
This is a list of books on ethics.
Columbia Journalism Review
CJR features current and archived issues of the journal. Archive includes full text of CJR issues back to July/August 1991. Users may access the CJR database to search a variety of media publications as well as several resource guides and hyperlinks.
The website for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
A monthly column in News Photographer magazine by Deni Elliott and Paul Martin Lester.
This is a project out of Finland that aims to provide a comprehensive databank offering basic information on media ethics for journalism students and teachers as well as scholars and practitioners. Included is a collection of codes of journalism ethics from most of the European countries, translated into English. The source and core of the collection resulted from numerous research projects of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Tampere, and it has been extended and updated with information from various relevant sources.
Ethics Resource Center
“ERC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose vision is a world where individuals and organizations act with integrity.”
Maintained by University of San Diego. It offers an informative look at classic works in moral philosophy including ethical theory, applied ethics, moral theory, ethical relativism, meta-ethical concerns, and virtue ethics. For the journalist, there is a reference section on meta-ethics and moral pluralism. An additional feature isA Glossary of Terms in Ethics.
Freedom Forum Online
This is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on four main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment issues, newsroom diversity and world press freedom. An excellent resource for information pertaining to responsible journalism.
This is the International Journalist’s Network. Organized and administered by the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ), an organization established in 1984 to improve the quality of journalism in nations where there is little or no tradition of independent journalism. It has the latest media assistance news from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Newly Independent States as well as Latin America and Africa. It provides geographical and topical forums for journalists; worldwide fellowships, grants, and national codes of ethics.
Indiana University Index to Journalism Ethics Cases
Features Journalism Ethics Cases Online, a set of cases that has been created for teachers, researchers, professional journalists and consumers of news to help them explore ethical issues in journalism. Cases raise various issues faced by journalists, such as privacy, conflict of interest, reporter-source relationships, and the role of journalists in their communities.
Institute for Business and Professional Ethics
This is the site of the IBPE, which was established in 1985 by a joint effort of the Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Commerce at DePaul University. The mission of the IBPE is to encourage ethical deliberation in decision-makers by stirring the moral conscience and imagination.
Institute for Global Ethics
Ethics site on a broad range of issues. Lots of information.
International Business Ethics Institute
A non-profit organization aimed at encouraging ethical practices in the business world. Offers ethics resources for the general public and businesses.
Journal of Mass Media Ethics
A publication website devoted to explorations of ethics problems and issues in various fields of mass communication, with emphasis on materials dealing with principles and reasoning in ethics. Users can access article abstracts and other archival material.
Kant’s Categorical Imperative
Page defining and providing examples for Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative, including many quotes from Kant’s writings and analysis of his ideas, as well as links to further readings about him and other similar ethical systems.
Media Action Grassroots Network
Website dedicated to organizing media professionals in discussion of means of promoting justice and ethics while addressing issues of poverty, racism, and sexism.
Media Ethics Division: AEJMC
The Media Ethics Division of AEJMC includes more than 300 scholars researching and teaching in the fields of mass communication ethics.
Media Ethics Magazine
An extensive collection of opinions and research articles on media ethics, ethics book reviews, and news in media ethics.
The online site for “Media Watch” from the PBS NewsHour television program.
National Press Photographers Association Online
An organization dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing and distribution in all news media. Users may access a variety of resources linked to the homepage.
Poynter Institute for Media Studies Online
An institute dedicated to helping journalists fulfill their responsibility to empower citizens by informing them. Includes a comprehensive resource center for journalists, including, but not limited to, online editor services, tip sheets, Poynter Institute research, and a comprehensive hyperextension of professional resources catalogued by job classification.
Poynter Online’s Ethics Journal
Kelly McBride’s journalism ethics column.
Poynter Online’s Ethics Tipsheets
Practical journalism tips you can use.
Poynter Online’s Guide to Accuracy
As more and more newsrooms examine their policies in the wake of the recent industry shakeups, Poynter has compiled a collection of articles on related issues to consider.
Poynter Online’s Media Credibility Bibliography
Bibliography that includes links and resources on media credibility.
Presswise-international Code of Ethics
The PressWise Trust is an independent media ethics charity, set up in 1993 by ‘victims of media abuse’, supported by concerned journalists, media lawyers and politicians in the UK.
ERC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions.
Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law
The Center was established in 1984 within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.
Society of Professional Journalists. Ethics in Journalism
The website of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Website provides the SPJ Code, Ethics News, and ethics resources.
The Honolulu Community Media Council
A non-profit, non-governmental group that seeks to ethically improve public access to “to improve public access to information, strengthen public support for First Amendment rights and freedoms, broaden public understanding of the role of the media, and promote accurate and fair journalism in Hawaii.”
The Institute for Applied & Professional Ethics
Ohio University’s website for applied and professional ethics. Provides resources for many areas including media, journalism, blogging, and workplace ethics.
The Main Concepts of Confucianism
Website created by Lander University as part of a focus on philosophy; includes discussion of the basic tenants of Confucianism as well as what they mean and how followers of Confucian beliefs should act in response.
Web Resources for Studying Journalism Ethics
Comprehensive list of media ethics sites.
What is Ethics?
A discussion on ethics from Santa Clara University.