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The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Journalism: The New York Times and the Unknown Trump Official [PDF]

Swipe Right to Expose: Journalism, Privacy, and Digital Information [PDF]

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture: The Ethics of the Carson King Case [PDF]

Doxing and Digital Journalism: The HuffPost Story on Amy Mekelburg [PDF]

Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism: The Ethics of Facebook’s Virtual Trip to Puerto Rico [PDF]

No Comment: Online Comment Sections and Democratic Discourse [PDF]

Sharing the Pain: The Ethics of Social Media Sharing in Times of Tragedy [PDF]

Does the Photo Fit the News? The Ethics of Powerful Images in the Immigration Debate [PDF]

Kony 2012: Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism? [PDF]

Matters of Facebook Live or Death: The Ethical Challenges of Live Internet Broadcasting [PDF]

And Nothing But the Truth: Accuracy and Effects in Reporting on War-Torn Congo [PDF]

Collateral Damage to the Truth: Reporting Casualties in Drone Strikes [PDF]

Covering Female Athletes: Sexualized Portrayals of Female Athletes in Sports Journalism [PDF]

The Wild West of Sports Journalism? The Ethics of Sports Blogging [PDF]

Entertaining Endorsements in Sports Journalism: The Ethics of Product Sponsorship in Sports Media [PDF]

More cases coming soon!


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