The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford is the first book of its kind, published in 1924. It is a fascinating book, well worth reading, although it’s unlikely it is easy to find.

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

I recommend this book for non-researchers for a simple reason – how much the views on journalism have stayed the same in the last 100 years. What makes a good article or newspaper, how to deal with advertising, official data, facts, and so on. At the end, the book has quite a few Codes of conduct of various newspapers and those are interesting to browse as well.

It was funny to read about fake news from the 1860s included in the examples of well known fake stories. Also, Crawford refers to these as fake news. I picked it up for my research, but I enjoyed it very much.

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
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Year it was published: 1924
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Journalism
Pages: 264

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2 thoughts on “The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford”

  • There is actually a used hardback copy available through Amazon for $20.00. I don’t think it interests me enough to spend that since there are far too many other books I want. The fake stories would be fun to read, though.
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    • I would have bought the book for $20, but in UK it’s £85.47 or more! I took pictures of all the pages in the book, as it was too complicated what notes to make from it. As I study journalism in that period all the book is relevant, of course.

      The fake stories were fun indeed. I also liked his idea of no harmless fakes, as all fakes, even ones that make the reader feel good, are sowing distrust in journalism. Fascinating stuff from 100 years ago.

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