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The Journalist's moral compass : basic principles / edited by Steven R. Knowlton and Patrick R. Parsons ; foreword by Charles Bierbauer.

Contributor(s): Knowlton, Steven R | Parsons, Patrick.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Westport, Conn. ; London : Praeger, 1995Description: xix, 246 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0275945375; 9780275945374.Subject(s): Journalistic ethics -- United States | Freedom of the press -- United States | Press -- Economic aspects -- United StatesDDC classification: 174/.9097 LOC classification: PN4888.E8 | J69 1994Other classification: 05.33
Contents:
Part I - Politics : the press and the state -- Areopagitica / John Milton -- Leviathan / Thomas Hobbes -- On civil government : the second treatise / John Locke -- Cato's letters / "Cato" (John Trenchard, Thomas Gordon) -- A treatise concerning political enquiry and the liberty of the press / Tunis Wortman -- "Liberty of the press" / Maximilien Robespierre -- On liberty / John Stuart Mill -- "The right to privacy" / Samuel Warren, Louis Brandeis.
Part II - Philosophy : the press and the search for truth -- "The allegory of the cave" / Plato -- Novum organum / Francis Bacon -- Public opinion/ Walter Lipmann -- "Social control in the newsroom" / Warren Breed -- "News definitions and their effects on women" / Suzanne Pingree, Robert Hawkins -- The image / Daniel Boorstin -- Lying / Sissela Bok.
Part III - Economy ; the press and the marketplace -- An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations / Adma Smith -- Capital; A contribution to the critique of political economy / Karl Marx -- "To the public - enlargement of the Herald"; "A great journalist dead" / James Gordon Bennett -- "The great issue" / Joseph Plitzer -- The brass check / Upton Sinclair -- "Prologue : the end of the free lunch" / A.J. Liebling -- "The lords of the global village" / Ben H. Bagdikian -- A free and responsible press / The commission on freedom of the press (Hutchins Commission) -- The imperative of freedom / John C. Merrill.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [234]-238) and index.

Part I - Politics : the press and the state -- Areopagitica / John Milton -- Leviathan / Thomas Hobbes -- On civil government : the second treatise / John Locke -- Cato's letters / "Cato" (John Trenchard, Thomas Gordon) -- A treatise concerning political enquiry and the liberty of the press / Tunis Wortman -- "Liberty of the press" / Maximilien Robespierre -- On liberty / John Stuart Mill -- "The right to privacy" / Samuel Warren, Louis Brandeis.

Part II - Philosophy : the press and the search for truth -- "The allegory of the cave" / Plato -- Novum organum / Francis Bacon -- Public opinion/ Walter Lipmann -- "Social control in the newsroom" / Warren Breed -- "News definitions and their effects on women" / Suzanne Pingree, Robert Hawkins -- The image / Daniel Boorstin -- Lying / Sissela Bok.

Part III - Economy ; the press and the marketplace -- An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations / Adma Smith -- Capital; A contribution to the critique of political economy / Karl Marx -- "To the public - enlargement of the Herald"; "A great journalist dead" / James Gordon Bennett -- "The great issue" / Joseph Plitzer -- The brass check / Upton Sinclair -- "Prologue : the end of the free lunch" / A.J. Liebling -- "The lords of the global village" / Ben H. Bagdikian -- A free and responsible press / The commission on freedom of the press (Hutchins Commission) -- The imperative of freedom / John C. Merrill.

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CHOICE Review

The form and function of a "free press" in the United States has been the focus of heated debate, particularly given the power of mass media. As such, the need to instruct students in the means of ethical deliberation is of increasing importance. This book does not claim to offer any simple solutions; rather, it is a succinct--yet exhaustive--attempt to introduce readers to the crucial issues from a historical perspective. From Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan to Ben Bagdikian's expos'e The Media Monopoly (1983), the editors have compiled a hodgepodge of ethical perspectives. The reader is treated to a smattering of history, philosophy, and theology. Although the weighty musings of such great thinkers as John Locke, John Milton, and John Stuart Mill can be tough going for the undergraduate, the editors' lucid introductions provide clarification. As a result, the reader is left perhaps overwhelmed, but fortified by the experience. In an age of mass media characterized by a propensity for stooping to serve the lowest common denominator--given expression in such pseudojournalism as The National Enquirer and A Current Affair--it is refreshing to rediscover the field's noble roots. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. D. Schultz; Alfred University

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<p> Steven R. Knowlton , assistant professor of journalism at Pennsylvania State University with a PhD in history, worked for more than twenty years as a reporter and editor for six different newspapers around the country and for United Press International and as a press aide on a presidential campaign. His most recent book is Popular Politics and the Irish Catholic Church (1991).</p> <p> Patrick R. Parsons is associate professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University with his doctoral degree in journalism and mass communications. His recent publications include Milestones in Cable Television USA (1990) and Cable Television and the First Amendment (1987). He has written at length on ethical issues for journalists and on their roles in society.</p>

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