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ERIC Number: ED458164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 129
Abstractor: N/A
Media Ethics: Where Do You Draw the Line? A Case Study Approach to Understanding News Coverage and Journalistic Decision-Making. For Students and Teachers in High School and College.
Stark, Rosalind G.
This teaching package, for teachers and students in high school and college, has been developed to give students an in-depth look at the media in the United States, with an emphasis on the values, standards, and practices of good journalism. The material will have particular use in journalism courses and in social studies (history, government, political science, world geography) courses. Students who work on school publications or with electronic media will find the material relevant. This curriculum guide contains: a teacher's guide; transparencies of cases from the Newseum's Ethics Center; and "Jonesboro: Were the Media Fair?"--a report published by The Freedom Forum. The teacher's guide is divided into six parts: (1) "About 'Media Ethics: Where Do You Draw the Line?'"; (2)"Background for Teachers"; (3) "Transparencies"; (4) "Case Studies"; (5) "When Tragedy Hits--A True Story"; and (6) "Some Final Words." Transparencies include: "The Story of Ruth Snyder"; "Terror in Oklahoma City"; "Watergate's 'Deep Throat'"; and "'Dateline NBC' Crosses a Line." Case study topics include: (1) "Did the Story Go Too Far?"; (2) "Will Fair but Sensitive Stories Be Allowed to Air on Student TV?"; (3) "Should You Publish this Photo?"; (4) "Detachment or Involvement?"; (5) "Making an Editorial Decision"; (6) "Is This Game Fair?"; (7) "Rush to Judgment"; (8) "Locker Room Luck"; (9) "Up Close and Personal"; (10) "If It Bleeds, It Leads"; (11) "Should an Editor Protect Young Readers?"; and (12) "To What Lengths Should You Go To Get a Story?" (BB)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom Forum, Arlington, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Includes the report, "Jonesboro: Were the Media Fair?"