Journalism Ethics Case Studies


Newsroom Objectivity in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Newsroom Objectivity in the Age of Black Lives Matter

What does objective reporting mean in covering the Black Lives Matter protests?
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The Ethics of Op-Eds

The Ethics of Op-Eds

Should newspapers run controversial or offensive op-ed pieces?
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The News We Desire

The News We Desire

Are partisan news outlets good for our democracy?
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Greed or Good Intentions in Investigative Journalism?

Greed or Good Intentions in Investigative Journalism?

Did Bob Woodward err in delaying the release of his investigative research?
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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

Should journalists show the faces of protesters in news coverage?
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Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

What ethical concerns arise when Jay-Z attempts to document injustices in the American justice system?
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Objectivity in Journalism

Objectivity in Journalism

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?

As artificial intelligence plays an increasing role in newsrooms, what ethical issues arise?
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