Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues for Online Media Professionals
April 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
Part one of the text gives background and overview information to examine existing professional ethical codes and their applicability in the new media. Part two delves into the ethical dilemmas faced by all online communications professionals—privacy, speech and intellectual property. Part three warns the reader about three specific types of ethical hazards—speed vs. accuracy and quality; validating Internet sources; and blurring editorial with commercial information.
Through the use of historical summaries, discussion of specific problems, case study illustrations, critical thinking exercises, chapter summaries, key points, and recommended readings, each chapter comprehensively explores ethical issues. Aimed at students as well as practicing journalists and media professionals, Digital Dilemmas serves as the essential text and user’s guide to the emerging ethical challenges facing those who work or plan to work in the online media.
Part I: Painting The Larger Picture: Media, Ethical Codes, and the Internet Age
- 1. Online Media Ethics in Perspective.
2. The Role of Media in Democratic Society.
3. New Challenges: Who is a Journalist in the Internet Era?
- · Collecting and selling data on website visitors.
· Making judgments based on Internet behavior and activity.
· Surreptitious monitoring of others’ email and Web use.
· Complying with governmental demands to turn over private information
- · Permitting hateful and harassing speech on your website or forum.
· Posting of offensive images.
· Complying with governmental demands for removal of specified information or voices
- · Copying and downloading copyrighted material on the Internet.
· Determining the appropriate level of protection for your own online works.
· The ethics of active non-compliance to existing copyright laws
- 7. Speed and Accuracy.
8. Sources and Searches: Does the Internet Make Journalists Lazy?.
9. When Business and Ethics Collide: Advertising, the Internet and Editorial Independence
Ethical Codes of Leading Professional Media Associations.
Ethical Codes for Gannett Newspapers Index
Christopher A. Shumway was a broadcast journalist for 15 years, serving as a photographer, news reporter, anchor and meteorologist at local TV stations in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and Ohio. During that time he won more than a half dozen awards for his work, including a regional Emmy nomination. He is currently completing work on a Master’s degree in Media Studies from New School University