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ERIC Number: ED388981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The High School Ethics Challenge: Using Standards of Professional Journalism without the Freedoms of the Professional Press.
Eveslage, Thomas
A study examined how a select group of successful high school journalism teachers face the challenge of applying professional standards in the quest for student press freedom. A total of 162 questionnaires (representing a response rate of 46.5%) were returned by a purposive sample of teachers who advise some of the most highly acclaimed student newspapers in the United States. Results indicated that: (1) 90% of the advisers agreed strongly or somewhat that students must behave ethically if they want to exercise freedom of the press in the high school newspaper; (2) the advisers valued classroom instruction and also the learning that comes from addressing specific ethical issues confronting the professional and student press; and (3) the advisers acknowledged their role as a bridge to the professional press and they put a premium on helping their students acquire the tools to make ethical decisions. Findings suggest that the advisers of acclaimed student newspapers ARE setting high standards for their students and definitely want their publications and students to be identified with the best of professional journalism. (Contains 20 references, 1 note, and 3 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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