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Title: Chapter 1: Institutional Pressures


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Chapter 1 Institutional Pressures
The cases in this chapter deal with the ethical
dilemmas of internal and external pressures in
the business world.
  • How can a business influence news?
  • Is news reporting a business or a service?
  • What does the public have a right to know?

2
Chapter 1 Cases
  • Case 1 The New York Times Fires Jayson Blair
  • Case 2 CNN in Baghdad
  • Case 3 The Time Warner Colossus
  • Case 4 NBC and GMs Pickup
  • Case 5 The Wichita Experiment

3
Case 1 The New York Times fires Jayson Blair
  • Facts Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Loyalties
  • Principles

4
Case 1 The New York Times fires Jayson Blair
  • What does the Potter Box tell us about Blair,
    The New York Times, and the scandal?
  • Was Blair promoted too swiftly?
  • When should supervisors step in and reprimand a
    reporter?
  • Jayson Blair created facts and quotes, thus
    destroying reputations. Should this blatant
    disregard for ethical journalism garner a
    six-figure book deal?

5
Case 2 CNN in Baghdad
  • Facts Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Loyalties
  • Principles

6
Case 2 CNN in Baghdad
  • What should CNN have done with its information
    about the arrests, tortures and murders in Iraq?
  • How could CNN have kept reporting if they had
    been thrown out of the country?
  • Is not reporting a story the same as lying?

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Case 3 The AOL Time Warner Colossus
  • Facts Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Loyalties

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Case 3 The AOL Time Warner Colossus
  • Covers of magazines owned by Time Warner devoted
    to projects funded by Time Warner.
  • Can a parent company give an unbiased opinion of
    things it has produced?
  • In what ways are these mergers beneficial? In
    what ways are they harmful?
  • When mergers of multibillion dollar companies
    sour, should the government help financially?

10
Case 5 The Wichita Experiment
  • Facts Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Loyalties

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  • What are some examples where talking about an
    unpopular subject has bettered society?
  • Can a news source give patrons what they want
    without dumbing down the paper?

Aristoles Golden Mean Profit
Social responsibility What the reader wants
spinach journalism Cheap, easy
entertainment oblivious
to reader
  • What would the balance of Aristotle's golden
    mean look like?
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