Introduction to Ethical Decision-Making
- Introduction to Ethical Decision-Making
- Self-Directed Course
- Time Estimate:
- This course takes about three hours to complete.
About Self-Directed Courses
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
Journalists routinely face ethical challenges. When you or your newsroom tackle a tough ethical decision, you can use the "Doing Ethics" process and "Guiding Principles" to lead the discussion. Explore our library of more than 30 case studies to see which ones relate to your situation. Use the ethical guidelines to shape and inform your decision-making process. See which tools and resources will help you make the best decisions.
This course is designed to give you the techniques and tools you need to confront complex and complicated ethical issues and support your decisions with clear and rational thought.
What Will I Learn:
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
- Appreciate the need for ethics in journalism
- Understand the guiding principles and values of ethics in journalism
- Practice sound ethical decision-making
- Justify the decisions you make
Who should take this course:
Journalists and other newsroom leaders who want to make sound decisions, as well as anyone interested in the ethical guidelines for fair, accurate and honest journalism.
Bob Steele is the director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University, in Greencastle, Ind., and is the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values at The Poynter Institute.
Al Tompkins is Senior Faculty/Broadcast and Online at The Poynter Institute. He is the author of Aim for the Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters, which is being used by more than 130 universities' journalism departments around the world., and the Poynter NewsU course Reporting, Writing for TV and the Web: Aim for the Heart. He is also the author of Telling Memorable Video Stories, a video tutorial series at Poynter's NewsU. You can join the more than 10,000 people who follow him on Twitter at @atompkins.
Tompkins has more than 40 years of experience as a journalist, writer and journalism teacher who teaches in seminars at Poynter and workshops and conferences around. He has been a presenter at national conventions for IRE, RTDNA, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, Unity, NLGJA, PRNDI and NPPA. Since 1998, he has taught seminars and workshops in 48 states and four countries.
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