'Harcup's interviews with local journalists reveal the complexity of acting ethically through insightful discussions of professional rivalry, the demands of editors and the consequences for local communities. The book is written in a lively and engaging style... It draws the reader in through direct address, establishing vividness and urgency through the frequent use of first-and second-person constructions: this is a very human book... Students should find its accessibility refreshing - enlivening and provoking in what can be a rather ponderous area of study for many... a highly readable and provocative introduction to ethics' - Media, Culture & Society
'[A] lively text. And as one of the main scriptwriters of the two internal BBC training sessions which were produced following the Hutton inquiry, I can heartily recommend this book' - Peter Stewart, BBC Training dept, in 'Useful Stuff'
'The Gilligan story emerges as the fulcrum of Harcup's entertaining study, which is packed with illustrations of journalistic heroism and skulduggery... This is an engaging and useful reference book...and should become essential reading for serious students of journalism and for those who practise it' -Sally Feldman, Times Higher Education Supplement
'Lively, original and brave. Harcup draws on interviews with practising journalists as well as a vast array of other sources. It should certainly help convince all students that ethics need not be boring but lie at the heart of the journalist's job' - Prof Richard Keeble, Fifth Estate Online
'The Ethical Journalist, as the title implies, puts ethics and reflection back onto the journalist and makes it central to what he or she does while emphasising the importance and role of journalism in democracy' - Irish Communication Review
'A must-read for all journalists - be they reporters, editors or bloggers. It is both a straightforward explanation of ethical dilemmas using real-life examples and a subtle commentary on the state of British journalism' - Roy Greenslade, British Journalism Review
'A book that explores why journalism is important and why the everyday actions and decisions of journalists need to be considered if the quality of journalism is to be improved. The book has been structured in a very practical and accessible way, with further readings suggested at the end of the chapter along with a brief description of key aspects of those readings... Journalism and media studies students struggling to deal with the conflicts between the practicalities of journalism and the ethical implications of their practices will find this a useful book' - Media International Australia
'Harcup supports the reader with context and ideas to promote thinking about ethics in a holistic way. It's what he does probably better than anyone else:
weaving media theory and history into contemporary real world journalism...
This engaging nd accessible book cannot fail to inspire those who want to be good journalists in every sense of the word' - Rob Campbell, Journalism Practice
'A great little book...The Ethical Journalist adds a fresh, highly readable and welcome approach to the subject' - Prof Chris Frost, Ethical Space
'Engaging and provocative... also an effective and stimulating teaching resource. His writing has none of the conventional aridity of much academic writing. He teaches by stories and examples from the newsrooms of the world' - Chris Searle, Morning Star
'An invaluable compendium of the numerous ethical dilemmas every journalist will probably face at some point in their careers...A wealth of background and perceptive insight' - Nicholas Jones, Free Press
Everything that journalists do has ethical implications, and in this book Tony Harcup explores the range of issues likely to confront those studying journalism or training to become journalists. The starting point for this engaging and innovative book is that ethical journalism is good journalism.
Building on the reflective and questioning approach of the author's acclaimed Journalism: Principles and Practice, this book discusses journalists' personal anecdotes alongside relevant critical studies by academics. Original interviews include Andrew Gilligan on his meeting with weapons expert Dr David Kelly and Ryan Parry on being an undercover reporter in Buckingham Palace.
Informed by new research and the author's own experience within mainstream and alternative journalism, The Ethical Journalist addresses topics such as trust, the public interest, deception, news values, source relationships, crime reporting, regulation and the Hutton inquiry.
This exciting new title discusses ethics as fundamental rather than as a set of problems or an added extra, and it should become essential reading for everyone interested in journalism.
Praise for Harcup'sJournalism - Principles and Practice
'Rich in sourced quotations, referenced anecdotes and provocative opinions from well-known authorities. Refreshingly, many of the debates are left open for development by the readers' - Journalism Studies