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Ethics Courses Missing in Action

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Ethics Courses Missing in Action

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J-school profs say more ethics classes, research needed

A majority of journalism professors do not teach a free-standing media ethics class, although most want to incorporate more ethics in courses they do teach, according to a survey by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The study by the group's ethics unit included responses from 293 AEJMC members and also found that journalism educators want to do more research into media ethics and to use the results in the classroom.

Eighty-two percent wanted ethics discussions and materials in their classes, and 72% said they "always" or "frequently" raise issues of media ethics in class.

But two-thirds reported they "rarely" or "never" taught a stand-alone ethics course.

One in three journalism educators said their research always or frequently deals with media ethics, another said their research sometimes touches media ethics, and the third said they rarely or never delve into ethics.

But among those who do engage in ethics research, 26% said they concentrate on newspapers, which attract the second highest in research interest, behind only qualitative research, with 36%. …

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