Catalogue 2012 - 2013

JRNL 205 Journalism Ethics


3 cr.


JRNL 101.

Course Description

This course examines the ethical responsibilities of journalists in the contemporary sociopolitical climate and in contemporary media organizations. Students learn about and weigh competing interests and ethical considerations in areas such as privacy rights, neutrality or objectivity, confidentiality, plagiarism, undercover reporting and/or the use of deception in pursuing stories, and intellectual property rights. Students will also weigh their competing responsibilities to the public and to the corporate or nonprofit organizations for which they work. Finally, students will consider issues pertinent to First Amendment responsibilities and obligations.