Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost is a book I read for my research. It is a good book, but mostly suitable to either those who study journalism or those who study the history of journalism. It covers various aspects and it offers a starting point. Some topics should have been analysed more deeply, but overall I gave the book a great 4 stars.

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

The blurb:
The British press has been accused of drinking in the Last Chance Saloon. Now, with the coming of the new millennium, many fear that broadcasters are also getting a taste for the commercially-popular cocktail of sensation and intrusion that it sells.
But does it have to be like that? Are journalists doomed to ignore stories about important public interest issues in favour of titillating tales that pander solely to the public’s prurient curiosity? Are docusoaps and current affairs series based on questionable evidence replacing the award-winning documentary programmes of past years?
Media Ethics and Self Regulation looks closely at the moral dilemmas facing journalists in their day-to-day working lives and examines the self-regulatory bodies that police the various codes of practice.
The codes of practice are described in detail, considering whether in fact they do protect the people they claim to protect and how journalists can apply the codes in their working lives.
This book has been written for students and trainee journalists, working journalists and editors, and indeed for any student of the media.
Its accessible style and use of examples and case studies will help readers debate media ethics, analyse whether the media is capable of self regulation and evaluate the philosophical principles that underpin media codes of conduct.

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Longman
Year it was published: 2000
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Journalism
Pages: 288

About the author: Chris Frost is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. In a journalistic career that spans more than 25 years, he has worked as a journalist and editor before turning to teaching. He is Chair of the National Union of Journalists’s Ethics Council, a member of the National Council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, a former NUJ president and a former member of the Press Council. He has lectured extensively on media ethics world-wide.
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2 thoughts on “Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost”

    • It’s a very tricky subject. If media is self-regulating, through industry-based organisations it should be enough. But what happens if those organisations are not doing their job properly because of ideology (objectivity means presenting both sides as equal – for example what Ukraine and russia are saying) or because of pressure from the ones with power (political or not). At the same time, media should be free to report without government interference.
      In my view, the laws that should be issued on responsibility – if a reporter lies because he was paid off or wanted to do that for fame (e.g. Martin Bashir), this should be a criminal matter and the editor and publisher should have similar consequences.

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