How ancient philosophy can help you get an A in this class

Today we will:

  • take a walk through ancient philosophy and learn how Socrates, Hammurabi, Mohammed and Matthew can boost your grade in this class.
  • discuss four ethical theories
  • talk about how these theories apply to journalism
  • talk
  • discuss the teams for Debate 1

This class should give you a backbone for how to approach scenarios in this class. If you miss this class, you should see me AND talk to a classmate about what was covered.

 Take notes. Ask questions.

 CORE ETHICAL VALUES OF JOURNALISM

  •  truth-telling
  • promise-keeping
  • respecting confidentiality
  • right to privacy
  • fostering fairness
  • justice
  • minimizing harm
  • avoiding conflicts of interest
  • fulfilling journalist’s responsibility to inform the public about relevant information even when it is unpopular to do so.

Philosophers who can help you

Hammurabi

Socrates

Confucius

Immanuel Kant

Niccolo Machiavelli

Golden Rule

Aristotle

 

Homework:

 Read for Sept 11:

American Journalism Review: Why top editors publish what is secret  — http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4185

NYT –Explanation for publishing banking records http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/01/opinion/01keller.html?_r=1&ex=1309406400&en=2ed55afc4e52e771&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

 

OPTIONAL: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/23/washington/23intel.html?pagewanted=all

 

Read for Sept 13:

 

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