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Ethics for a Digital Age, Vol. II

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Edited By Bastiaan Vanacker and Don Heider

The second volume of Ethics for a Digital Age contains a selection of research presented at the fifth and sixth Annual International Symposia on Digital Ethics hosted by the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication. Thematically organized around the most pressing ethical issues of the digital age from a professional (parts one and two) and a philosophical perspective (part three), the chapters of this volume offer the reader a window into some of the hot-button ethical issues facing a society where digital has become the new normal. Just as was the case in the first volume, this collection attempts to bridge applied and theoretical approaches to digital ethics. The case studies in this work are grounded in theory and the theoretical pieces are linked back to specific cases, reflecting the multi-methodological and multi-disciplinarian approach espoused by Loyola’s Center of Digital Ethics and Policy during its eight years of existence. With contributions by experts from a variety of academic disciplines, this work will appeal to philosophers, communication scientists, and moral philosophers alike.

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6. Radical Journalism Ethics: Constructing an Ethic for Digital, Global Media (Stephen J. A. Ward)

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6.  Radical Journalism Ethics: Constructing an Ethic for Digital, Global Media

STEPHEN J. A. WARD

Introduction: The Task of Journalism Ethicists

A journalism ethicist today should be part visionary and part pragmatic inventor.

With one eye on the horizon, she should trace the contours of a new and future ethics. With one eye on actual practice and changing conditions, she should propose new aims, reinterpreted principles, and practical guidelines for emerging forms of journalism.

The old framework of journalism ethics inherited from an era of predigital, nonglobal media will be radically redefined and reoriented toward the future.

The aim, some years ahead, is a rich, multileveled, inclusive ethics that weaves old and new into a framework for journalists, whether they practice journalism as a professional or citizen; whether they practice journalism locally or globally, online or offline.

The new framework should be integrative, uniting diverse practitioners under common values. There should be integration in two domains: digital integration—norms applying across media platforms—and global integration—norms applying across borders.

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