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The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News Paperback – September 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1405183949 ISBN-10: 1405183942 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405183942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405183949
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The book is superb – the definitive work on journalism ethics and practices. It should be a basic text in every school of journalism.”
- Gene Roberts, former executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, former managing editor of The New York Times, former professor, University of Maryland College of Journalism

The Ethical Journalist is like GPS for sound decision-making.”
- Jim Naughton, President Emeritus of the Poynter Institute of Media Studies

“Gene Foreman practiced and championed high ethical standards in newsrooms for decades. He’s now written a clear, compelling text on journalism ethics. It’s practical, principled and powerful.”
- Robert M. Steele, Director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University

“Gene Foreman, a great editor and teacher, has produced a comprehensive – yet very easy to read and use – guide to journalistic values and ethics that shows journalists and students how to make responsible decisions about news in print and cyberspace. An essential road map for a rapidly changing journalistic landscape.”
- Leonard Downie, Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, and former editor, The Washington Post

“...Readers’ tendency to oversimplify ethical method will be challenged by Gene Foreman’s The Ethical Journalist, which I find more complex and engaging than other texts, and which will, therefore, become the first ethics text I can comfortably prescribe – for both graduate and undergraduate classes....The book’s tone is thoughtful but forthright, its style clear but engaging, its stance fair but unabashed. It’s obviously written by a practiced craftsman who is passionate about his work, and curious about its dilemmas.”
- Ivor Shapiro, chair, School of Journalism, Ryerson University, in a review in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Summer 2010

“At a time when the Internet has turned journalism inside out and blown up long-held traditions, the need for media ethics is even more critical. This is the book to help guide students and the rest of us through the revolution.”
- Alicia C. Shepard, former NPR Ombudsman

“I am blown away by how good this book is. It is practical, insightful and even-handed.”
- Tim McGuire, Frank Russell Professor of Journalism at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, former editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis

"In a new book, written as a text for journalism students, former Philadelphia Inquirer managing editor Gene Foreman draws on half a century of journalism experience to chart a path through the thicket."
- Green Bay Press-Gazette, November 2009

"The book provides a foundation in applied ethics in journalism, and examines the subject areas where ethical questions most frequently arise. Many other real-life episodes are cited in the book's narrative to illustrate how journalists have dealt with ethical challenges."
- Penn State Live, August 2009


More About the Author

Gene Foreman worked in journalism for a half-century -- more than 41 years in the newsroom and more than eight years in the academy. Before that, he delivered newspapers and had eight summer newspaper jobs while in high school and college.

When he retired after 25 years managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1998, Gene joined the College of Communications faculty at Pennsylvania State University. He retired in December 2006 as the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor at Penn State.

Gene grew up in Arkansas and earned a degree in journalism from Arkansas State University.

Before moving to Philadelphia, he was the managing editor of the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial and the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock. He also has been a reporter and assigning editor at the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, a copy editor at The New York Times, and the senior editor in charge of news and copy desks at Newsday.

He was president of the Associated Press Managing Editors in 1990 and was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors from 1995 to 1998.

While at Penn State, Gene taught the news media ethics course 16 semesters. He continues as a visiting professor, directing a conference of distinguished writers who make presentations to the students each semester. In the 11 years that the conference has been held, 28 Pulitzer Prize winners have visited Penn State, along with best-selling authors such as James McBride and Mark Bowden.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Steinmetz on December 3, 2009
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Gene Foreman, now retired after a distinguished career as a newspaper editor, has produced a brilliant book that adds wisdom to the the ongoing public debate over journalistic ethics. It is brightly written and highly readable by anybody, not just journalists and the people they write about, but by anyone who cares about the role of the media in a democracy. Diogenes can rest. Here is an honest man!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Crecente on March 29, 2012
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Gene Roberts suggested I pick this book up. It's kept me up past midnight every night since, devouring its content. This is a wonderful reminder to journalists about why we do what we do and a great lesson to readers about why it should matter.

I wrote up something here, inspired by the book: [...]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen G. on October 31, 2009
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I was so happy to read a book like this, very interesting and thought provoking for the journalist or other reader. Karen New Hope PA
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristina S. Schmidt on January 28, 2012
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It's a great book as far as content, but if I had known the publisher told not to include page numbers in the Kindle version, I would have bought the hard copy. The publisher has to know that students are using this for class and professors tend to assign page numbers, so I don't know what they were thinking. Very frustrating!
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