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Journalism EthicsA Philosophical Approach$
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Christopher Meyers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370805

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370805.001.0001

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Why Journalism Is a Profession

Why Journalism Is a Profession

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(p.91) 6 Why Journalism Is a Profession
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Journalism Ethics
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Michael Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370805.003.0006

This chapter argues that journalism is a profession, that our doubts about its status as a profession tell us more about a mistake we make when defining the concept of profession than about journalism itself, and that a good definition of profession can give us some reason to hope that journalism will remain a profession even if the world changes in most of the ways we now fear it will. Journalists are something more than mere news reporters, editors, media employees, or the like; and that is why they have a future even if mere reporters, editors, writers and the like do not.

Keywords:   journalism, profession, ethics, professional ethics

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