The New Ethics of Journalism


The digital age has transformed how journalism is created and delivered. Certainly, we must change the ethical decision-making that supports that. Just as certainly, however, some guiding stars remain.

Journalists, for instance, cannot give up dedication to truth and accuracy on behalf of the public, but they must find new ways to fulfill that commitment. This book is not an attempt to predict the future or mourn what’s been lost. Nor does it try to deny what has changed or declare all that came before obsolete. Rather, it is an attempt to look at what is happening in journalism in the early part of the 21st century, to define and articulate new tensions that challenge journalism’s core principles, and to suggest practices that further truth and community in service of democracy.