Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Audio/Visual Materials

Digital Journalism Ethics Resources for Newsrooms and Classrooms
Videos, articles, and questions about online journalism ethics for use by teachers and trainers
Ethics Codes and Other Resources for Journalists
Bibliography of online resources
Digital Journalism Ethics
Materials on the role of media in the public square, media literacy, diversity, accuracy, and other topics in digital journalism
Data Journalism Ethics
Proceedings from a panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2014 conference
Ethics Tips for Data Journalists
Suggestions for integrity-checking data journalism

Curating and Promoting News Important to Civil Society
The director of Editorial Operations at Yahoo! explores what readers want to know and what they need to know
Anthony Moor

The Need for Accuracy Online
There's a gap between what Internet users expect to receive (i.e. factual and accurate information) and what they too often get instead. Is it the user's responsibility to judge which sources to access on the Web? Do the publishers have a duty to strive to be accurate?

The decision to pursue and publish the Megan's Law story
What accountability was the newspaper willing to accept if the named sex offenders lost their jobs-or worse-as a result of publishing their names?
The decision to give Armand Tiano's victims a voice
Should a newspaper print the names of victims of a sex offender at their request?
The decision to stop printing the name and photo of the 9-year-old kidnapping victim
In a child abduction case, should a newspaper assume that the child is being sexually assaulted and not use a name or photograph?
David Yarnold and Susan Goldberg

Can Technical Solutions Protect Free and Informed Debate in the Public Square?
The chief knowledge officer of the MIT Media Lab demonstrates projects addressing media literacy, crowd-sourced and database journalism.
Henry Holzman

Embellishing The Details
A student journalist considers whether to fabricate to make a point.
Jake Teeny

Catchy Title or Needless Deception?
A journalist must decide when a promotion for a story is misleading.
Filtering and Pressure from Media Conglomerates
Pressure from above creates a pseudo-controversy.
Wrestling, Weight Loss and Exposing A Flawed System
Should a reporter include details in a story about how athletes exploit loopholes in a testing program?
Misplaced Funds Cloud Reputation: Is it worth it?
Reporting ruins the reputation of a respected local coach.
News and a Profit-Driven Turn to Advertising
Should news content be aligned with ad revenue?
Exploitive Tactics or Good Journalism?
How close up and personal should a reporter get to the scene of a tragedy?
Radio News: When to use a name?
A student makes a false allegation to police. Should the campus radio station reveal the students name?
Getting Personal: Private Lives and Public Figures
Is the mayors impending divorce a fit subject for a news story during a campaign?
Exposing The Pay of Public Safety Officials
Does the public have the right to know the salaries of police and firefighters?
Questionable Content: Editors and The Pressure of Falling Ad Revenue
A magazine editors job comes to include creating free advertisements for luxury products.
Breaking a StoryAnd a Relationship
Full reporting on a case of steroid abuse would have disastrous consequences for the reporters source.
Fair Play or Damaging The Reputation of Youth?
The father of a Little League player misstates his age so that he can play in the World Series. What is the reporters responsibility considering the boys youth?
To Use Photos or Not: Damaging Photos in An Online Age
Undergraduates put racist photos of themselves on Facebook. Should the student newspaper reprint them?
Creativity and The Race for Syndication
Economics of the TV industry mitigate against creative programming.
Leaked Movie Trailer and A Confidentiality Agreement
Confidentiality agreements prevent film industry employees from releasing information about upcoming releases.
Deceitful Movie Trailers or Good Advertising?
A producer must create an appealing trailer for a terrible movie.
To Exploit or Commemorate: Film and The Challenge of 9/11
How soon is too soon in making movies about disasters?
Using Borrowed Material
Using photographs published online creates ethical questions about copyright.
Reporting Inflated Numbers
A companys internal communications representative is asked to report inflated profit numbers.
Controversial Radio Advertising
A sales intern for a radio station is pressured to mislead advertisers.
Bad Business Ethics or Acceptable Promotional Perks?
A radio station inflates the number of on-air giveaways they ask companies to provide and then offers the excess as perks to station employees.
A Right or Wrong Way to Sell?
A contract sales rep is asked to circumvent the industrys chain-of-custody arrangements.
Effects of Ethics Policies: A Positive Story
Doing the right thing brings praise.
Homeless at the Door: A Nonprofit Challenge
Should a homeless help center have strict hours?
Aggressive Sales Quotas or Unfair Business Practice?
An online directory chooses customer service over inflated advertising packages.
Public Relations: Is The Customer Always Right?
A client rigs a talent competition/publicity event.
Balancing Nonprofit Interests
Should an HIV/AIDS program focus on prevention or treatment?
Deceitful Spammer or Marketing Genius?
Is impersonation a viable marketing approach?
Client Obligations and Handling Your Boss
A boss forwards a draft e-mail to a client.
Trust During The Dot-Com Boom
A company woos a new employee under false pretenses.
Jessica Silliman

Present and Future of Social Networking
A panel exploring the ethical and social implications of social networking technology.
John Squires, Kaitlin Thompson, Shannon Vallor, Ma

A Case for Truth
A public relations professional is asked to counsel the local Roman Catholic Archdiocese on how to respond to the sex abuse crisis.
Kirk O. Hanson

Cultivating Diversity Across Race, Class, Gender, Generation, and Geography
Media diversity must include race, class, gender, generation, and geography.
Martin Reynolds

The Future of Digital Journalism in the Public Square
The head of Google News looks at how the openness of new media present opportunities for a better informed public
Richard Gingras

Unavoidable Ethical Dilemmas for Digital Journalists
Challenges for online media in the areas of newsgathering, accountability, transparency, metrics, and inclusion
Sally Lehrman

The Disconnect: Accountability and Consequences Online
A discussion of the breakdown among responsibility, accountability, and consequences in the online world, as demonstrated by some digital media coverage.
Stephen Luczo

Should Journalists Advocate Critical Thinking and News Literacy?
Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation argues that new media do a better job than old of protecting journalistic values such as accuracy, objectivity, and depth
Sue Gardner

Henry's Publick House
What are the ethical questions involved when the media broadcasts hostile situations live?
Thomas Shanks

Who Can Deliver the Journalism We Need in the Digital Public Square?
A historical review of media independence and the impact of digital technology on journalism
Todd Gitlin

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, in conjunction with Media Services, is hosting a variety of multimedia files on its website. The list of files we are hosting is gradually increasing, so be sure to check back occassionally.

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