Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Hugh Cowdin
Those outside of the journalism field sometimes are surprised to learn journalists profess to ethics. A fellow graduate student, upon having been assigned a research paper on journalism ethics, commented that she did not realize journalists attempt to be ethical. Looking back on the history of journalism, that view is easy to understand. Journalists have been “yellow” (i.e., sensationalist), bought by news sources and untruthful in order to win a Pulitzer Prize. Perhaps journalism’s somewhat scarred reputation has led to an increase in interest in journalism ethics during the past two decades. Professional trade journals favor the topic, while professional organizations and societies have been updating their ethical codes.
Campbell-Konnath, Jane E., "How Chamber of Commerce executive directors perceive newspaper publisher's involvement in community affairs" (1989). Student Work. 3121.