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Journalism Ethics and Law: Stories of Media Practice
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Journalism Ethics and Law: Stories of Media Practice

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Published Sept 2013 (OUP)
ISBN: 9780195522259. Soft Cover.
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Janine Little 

Journalism Ethics and Law: Stories of Media Practice is also available as an e-book. Journalism Ethics and Law ignites the conversation about journalism ethics and the function of the law in today’s media. Emphasising a practical work-based approach to develop best practice multimedia journalism; this book presents a combined ethics and law experience for journalism students and uses stories and case studies to highlight the most significant questions for the practice of law and ethics today. 

Journalism Ethics and Law offers readers a new way about thinking about journalism ethics and empowers future journalists to make good and ethical decisions in the field. Features Up-to-date coverage of the inquiries into media regulation and standards, Australian current affairs, recent case studies and examples from the contemporary media environment Full of interactive activities and tips develop further knowledge of journalism as a distinct media practice Written in a lively, engaging style and content is made accessible with plain-speaking language.

Janine Little is a senior lecturer in journalism at Deakin University and has taught media law and ethics at three Australian universities. She wrote and co-designed an online work-integrated training program for professional APN News and Media journalists, and has also chaired and examined large journalism courses at Deakin, USQ, QUT, and UQ.

1. Ethical Journalism after News of the World 
What this book does (and does not do) 
Ethical discussions in Australia after News of the World 
What is journalism? Journalism as a distinct entity

2. An Ethical Ideal Worth Aiming for: Journalism and Best Practice 
What ethics means: Explanation and definitions 
Two approaches to best practice 
Conclusion

3. Pragmatic and Bold: The Journalist and the Media 
Ethical disasters or bold engagement? Why perspective and positioning affect journalists 
Case studies in disaster 
Conclusion: Towards journalistic engagement

4. Ethical Stories: Disasters, and DJs 
What questions of ethics mean for the media 
How Australian journalists code their ethics 
How to relate specific points in Australia’s ethical codes to actual stories: 
Some examples ACMA and the shock jock 
Conclusion: Towards your ethical engagement

5. Freedom as Idea and Practice: Ethics, ‘Hacktivism’ and Human Rights Henk Huijser and Janine Little 
How the idea of ‘freedom’ relates to journalism ethics and law Freedom and journalism ethics 
The public right to know and its relationship to civil liberties for individuals 
Why ‘hacktivism’ and the command of information is now being called ‘terrorism’ 
Conclusion

6. Trial by Media I: Women in the Private-Public Divide 
Azaria Chamberlain and Dianne Brimble—ethics and spectacle 
Credibility and sources: Women as suspects 
Protecting the course of justice: Trial by media and the Dianne Brimble case 
The St Kilda schoolgirl Facebook photo scandal 
Privacy and breach of confidence: Australian legal provisions 
Conclusion: Privacy and human rights

7. Trial by Media II: Contempt of Court and the Right to a Fair Trial 
Why the issue of trial by media tests journalists’ understanding of public interest 
On the trail of Dennis Ferguson 
‘Across the night sky’: The Farquharson trial and the tragedy of a triple child murder 
The faces of Arthur Freeman 
Conclusion: By doing the job fairly, the journalist acts well

8. Hurt Reputations: Introduction to Defamation Law and Cases 
What is defamation? 
How Australian defamation law developed 
How Australian defamation law became (almost) uniform 
Why you need to learn about defamation: The short version 
How to measure the risk of defamation 
The three-point test 
A selective case law history: From shower scenes to war crimes 
Conclusion: Defamation and responsibility—back to journalism

9 . Defamation Defences 
How defending defamation relates to public memory 
The defamation defences 
What has it got to do with journalists? 
Conclusion: How free are we to speak?

10. Animal Rights and Public Interest: How Journalists Advocating for Animals Helped Shape Australian Law 
Why animals matter to journalism 
How animal rights advocacy led to tests of the public interest in Australian law 
Why public interest is not always a reliable defence 
Secret video 11 years on 
Comparison story: Anna Krien’s Us and Them 
Conclusion: Why this matters for journalism as a social practice

11. When Trolls Ruled the Twitterverse: Journalism and Social Media 
Why trolls signal an essential ethical issue for journalism—and why social media vigilantes are related
How cyber-bullying and other misuses of the internet relate to journalism: The case studies 
The difference between media sensationalism and journalistic enquiry 
Social media and fairness 
Conclusion: Why journalism ethics matters in such cases, and what you can do about it

12. The Competition and Consumer Act for Journalists 
Misleading representation 
Relevant sections for journalists in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 
Misleading and deceptive conduct: A brief biography 
Conclusion

13. Copyright for Journalists 
How Australian law protects copyright 
What copyright covers 
Copyright’s rationale 
The internet and copyright Conclusion

14. Conclusion – Continuing Journalism

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