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ENG 398LEC - Ethics In Journalism
Ethics In Journalism BIE Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   20823   Enrollment Capacity:   35
Section:   BIE   Enrollment Total:   35
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   T R , 11:10 AM - 12:25 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
  Course Description
Is it ever OK to break the law to get a story? When is it the right decision to publish a rumor? How do you know whether a picture that likely will offend readers and viewers should be used? This course pushes students to examine how every action a journalist makes in gathering, organizing and presenting the news requires a value judgment. The course covers media credibility, steps in ethical decision-making, handling anonymous and unreliable sources, accuracy, conflict of interest and the difference between reporting and exploiting grief. The course uses the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics as a model and guideline. Students study a range of historical scenarios as well as hypothetical cases. They debate with the instructor and each other. Students read and discuss the decisions and mistakes of past journalists and analyze the dilemmas unfolding in newsrooms today.
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