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Book by UW–Madison professor explores new media ethics

October 18, 2011 By Stacy Forster

A new book on media ethics by University of Wisconsin–Madison professor Stephen J. A. Ward explores the leading issues in global, online media.

Cover of book


The book, “Ethics and the Media: An Introduction” was just published by Cambridge University Press.

This book is a comprehensive introduction to media ethics and an exploration of how it must change to adapt to today’s media revolution.

Using an ethical framework for the new “mixed media” ethics – taking in the global, interactive media produced by both citizens and professionals –  Ward discusses the ethical issues which occur in both mainstream and non-mainstream media, from newspapers and broadcast to social media users and bloggers.

In the book, Ward re-defines traditional conceptions of journalistic truth-seeking, objectivity and minimizing harm, and examines the responsible use of images in an image-saturated public sphere.

He also draws the contours of a future media ethics for the “new mainstream media” and puts forward cosmopolitan principles for a global media ethics.