Ethics and Regulation

Module code: JNL6014

This module concerns the study of ethics with particular reference to British media. But it also explores media ethics from a historical and international perspective, and discusses the moral responsibilities of all journalists. There will also be study of truth-telling, story-telling, media representation of vulnerable groups and study of journalists' relationship with their sources. Students will explore how ethical behaviour is encouraged in journalism, and consider how the industry codes seek to achieve this.

Module aims

  • to familiarise students with chief areas of ethical controversy in journalism
  • to enable students to understand the systems of self-regulation and regulation affecting the British media, and the interface, in this context, of ethics and the law

Teaching

Module leader
Tony Harcup

Semester
1

Credits
15

Teaching methods
12 two-hour lectures

Assessment
One 3,000-word essay (100%)

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