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 Age1. Online Media Ethics in Perspective.
2. The Role of Media in Democratic Society.
3. New Challenges: Who is a Journalist in the Internet Era?Part II: Society-wide Ethical Dilemmas for Online Media Professionals
- 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 information5. Speech
- Permitting hateful and harassing speech on your website or forum.
- Posting of offensive images.
- Complying with governmental demands for removal of specified information or voices6. Intellectual Property and Copyright
- 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 lawsPart III: Journalistic Ethical Dilemmas for Online Media Professionals
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 IndependenceAfterword: The Internet, Media Consolidation and Democracy .
Ethical Codes for Gannett NewspapersIndex