Justice as a Journalistic Value and Goal

Authored by: David A. Craig

The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2008
Online publication date:  September  2008

Print ISBN: 9780805861914
eBook ISBN: 9780203893043
Adobe ISBN: 9781135594602

10.4324/9780203893043.ch15

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Abstract

When reporters uncover corruption in a city police department, they are upholding justice as a value of journalism. When editors plan a series aimed at inequities in availability of housing by race, they are making justice one of their goals. Whenever journalists do stories that point out unfairness in how people are treated, justice lies in the background even if it is not explicitly on the minds of reporters and editors.

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