ERIC Number: ED333512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Audience Evaluations of Ethical Issues in Television Journalism: An Analysis of the Criteria Used for Judgment.
Lind, Rebecca Ann; Rarick, David L.
Television journalism has long been the object of study by scholars of news media ethics. A study examined the reasoning process and the criteria for judgment used by viewers when evaluating possibly problematic television (TV) news content, and analyzed these criteria as they are applied to ethical issues and problems in TV newscasts. Thirty-four television viewers participated in semi-structured depth interviews on issues related to TV ethics. Results indicated that viewers employed specific criteria and reasons (e.g., viewer harms or benefits, remaining within the law, avoiding gratuitous sensationalism, freedom of speech, etc.) as they evaluated ethical issues in TV news. People used similar criteria, however, in different ways to justify different positions. (Two tables of data are included; 18 references are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Research; Journalism Research; Television News
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (41st, Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 1991). Best available copy.