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Journalism Ethics: Philosophical Foundations for News Media

Academic journal article et Cetera

Journalism Ethics: Philosophical Foundations for News Media

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John C. Merrill. Journalism Ethics: Philosophical Foundations for News Media. New York: St. Martin's, 1997.

John C. Merrill brings forty-five years experience as a college professor and journalist to this well-written, wide-ranging book that injects philosophic insights into the practice of journalism. The author believes that journalism students should think about such insights instead of only concentrating on the daily routine of the job. If they do this he hopes that we will have a more ethical press providing accurate and truthful information.

In addition to analysis of such concepts as individualism, communitarianism, propaganda, and responsibility, there is a chapter titled "Korzybski to the Rescue" which discusses the benefits of general semantics training for journalists - "An orientation to general semantics will raise the linguistic consciousness of journalists, bring them to a higher level of sophistication, instill in them a recognition of the weaknesses and the power of words, and generally help them overcome the enslaving tendencies of language." Merrill also discusses Korzybski's eclecticism, the relationship of general semantics to Buddhism, and offers a clear explanation of general semantics principles and ways they can be used by reporters to write more clearly and to avoid bias. …

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