ERIC Number: ED176293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Journalistic Schizophrenia: The Law/Ethics Dichotomy. Research Bulletin Number 4, Volume 2.
Mundt, Whitney R.; Broussard, E. Joseph
Two hundred fourteen journalism students responded to a questionnaire designed to test the extent of the disparity between journalistic attitudes toward law and ethics in the area of invasion of privacy by photography in both print and broadcast media. The survey instrument presented eight cases in which allegations of media invasion of privacy were tested in the courts, and responses to questions about the cases were analyzed according to sex, classification (upperclass/lowerclass), and subject (ethics/law/photojournalism/feature writing/mass communications). Results indicated that there was a pronounced dichotomy between media law and media ethics in which journlaistic conduct was more often seen as legal than as ethical. The findings suggest that journlaists are more likely to condemn one another than to be condemned by jurists. (The questionnaire and a summary of the eight court cases referred to are appended.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge.