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Ethics for a Digital Age

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Bastiaan Vanacker and Don Heider

Thematically organized around three of the most pressing ethical issues of the digital age (shifting of professional norms, moderating offensive content, and privacy), this volume offers a window into some of the hot-button ethical issues facing a society where digital has become the new normal. Straddling an applied ethical and theoretical approach, the research represented not only reflects on how our ethical frameworks have been changed and challenged by digital technology, but also provides insights for those confronted with specific ethical dilemmas related to digital technology. With contributions from established experts and up-and-coming scholars alike, this book cuts across disciplines and with appeal to communication scholars, philosophers, and anyone with an interest in ethics and technology.
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3. The Emerging Uses of Ethical Principles in Journalist’s Privilege Law

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3.   The Emerging Uses of Ethical Principles in Journalist’s Privilege Law

JASON M. SHEPARD

The digital revolution in mass communication is creating new approaches to addressing legal issues for journalists—including increasing judicial attention to the appropriate role of professional ethics in deciding questions such as who is a journalist and what is journalism. Can someone who creates websites dedicated to attacking a person’s personal and professional life be considered a journalist? When do filmmakers and writers cross the line between independent journalism and propaganda? When does the medium of communication dictate greater legal deference to writers and editors as traditional forums of journalism?

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