Journalism Ethics Case Studies


Celebrity Death in the Media

Celebrity Death in the Media

How should you cover a deceased celebrity who was both loved and hated?
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Blurring the Line Between Reporting the Truth and Minimizing Harm

Blurring the Line Between Reporting the Truth and Minimizing Harm

[CASE STUDY]: Should journalists show the faces of protesters in news coverage?
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Objectivity in Journalism

Objectivity in Journalism

[CASE STUDY]: Does the ideal of objectivity in journalism raise ethical issues?
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Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

What ethical concerns arise with the brotherly interactions between Governor Cuomo and journalist Cuomo?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom?

Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom?

[CASE STUDY]: As artificial intelligence plays an increasing role in newsrooms, what ethical issues arise?
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Images of Death in the Media

Images of Death in the Media

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical challenges arise when the media uses images of the dead?
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How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political Messages?

How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political Messages?

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical implications of CNN refusing to air Trump's misleading advertisements?
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Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture meet?
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The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Journalism

The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Journalism

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical concerns when journalists publish or cover anonymous critics of President Trump?
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And Nothing But the Truth

And Nothing But the Truth

[CASE STUDY]: How can reporters balance accuracy and good effects in their reporting on war-torn African communities?
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