CMNS 455: Media Ethics Report a Broken Link

This course provides an introduction to the different philosophical views of ethics; a critical examination of the rights, responsibilities, limitations, and abuses of media in democracies such as Canada and the United States; and an analysis of emerging pressures to redefine journalism as a reliable, responsible process of accurate reportage and critical commentary on our society. Students completing the course will better understand the use and abuse of sources, research materials, quotes, the positioning and concealment of information, plagiarism, ethics (as it relates to the coverage of criminal and terrorist acts), and the role of the news media in exposing or validating public prejudices.

Unit 1: Codes of Ethics and the Information Professional


Click on the headings "Context" and "Objectives and expected results" to reveal the policy statements and objectives.

Unit 2: Ethical Intentions vs. Actual Practices


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press. 

Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press. 

Unit 3: Journalistic Formats: Narratives and Media


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press. 

Unit 4: What Does It Mean to Be "Ethical"?


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press. 

Unit 5: Four Information Models


Unit 6: Reality and Representation


Lippmann, W. (1922). Public opinion. New York, NY: Macmillan.

Lippmann, W. (1922). Public opinion. New York, NY: Macmillan.

Lippmann, W. (1922). Public opinion. New York, NY: Macmillan.

Boorstin, D. (1962). The image: A guide to pseudo-events in America. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Unit 7: The Pursuit of Truth


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Unit 8: Money and Power


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism. (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism. (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Unit 9: Wrangling the News: The Roles of Public Relations and Media Organizations


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism. (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Unit 10: The Ethics of Reporting on Justice and Violence


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism. (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism. (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism. (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Unit 11: Codes of Conduct


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.) Vancouver: UBC Press.

Unit 12: A Free Press ... In Spite of Everything?


Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Russell, N. (2006). Morals and the media: Ethics in Canadian journalism (2nd ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press.