A frank, personal view of the leading ethics issues at home
By Stephen J. A. Ward
James E. Burgess Professor of Journalism Ethics
Director, Center for Journalism Ethics
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dancing with the Shieks: Freedom in a Global Age In a global age, there is no master plan for advancing media freedom, writes Stephen J.A. Ward. There are only the precarious, pragmatic efforts of journalists to push the boundaries of societies that have been wary of the Western idea of press freedom. Ward explores the tensions between new and old practices by focusing on a radio talk show host in Dubai.
Carrying a Torch for Ethics With any other controversial story involving $2 billion in taxpayers' money, journalists would fall over themselves to cultivate a critical approach, writes Stephen J.A. Ward. Why is it different with the Olympics?
Emotion in reporting: use and abuse Reporters are not automatons, but emotion in journalism can be manipulated. When is expression of emotions self-promotion or self-congratulation and when is it true compassion?
Journalism in the Entreprenurial Age
Funding experiments are welcome and there’s nothing wrong with journalists looking for new ways to pay for reporting. But why assume funding from a foundation is any less fraught with potential conflicts than advertising from Zellers?
A New Journalist's Creed Journalism ethics, to remain relevant, must undergo a radical change — a philosophical revolution in how it sees itself and understands its values. Piecemeal adjustments won’t cut it, writes Stephen J. Ward.
The "Torturous" Struggle to State a Fact Torture is torture, not "harsh methods," writes Stephen J.A. Ward. Journalists shouldn't shy away from controversial language, even when its connotations spark cries of bias.
Is it Time to Close Journalism Schools? No, writes Stephen J.A.Ward. The world needs "knowledge-based, research-capable" journalists who are trained to think critically, philosophically and broad-mindedly at schools emphasizing "mixed journalism."