The fun is watching students develop over the semester—we even show them how they develop, with a chapter on moral development theories that is unique to media ethics textbooks. By the end of the semester, many of them have moved into a place where they have discovered (or better clarified) their own ethical voice and are ready to take on the world.
Routledge asked Jay for years to write a media ethics textbook, and he brought me in for some of the heavy lifting. (I was his graduate assistant when he led the at the University of Alabama in the late 1980s, and we’ve been friends ever since.) Over a long weekend in a cabin at a in Utah, we turned the original idea of a 23-chapter text into 13 chapters, which translates well for an academic semester. We also organized those chapters around the six questions. The result is a 441-page book and two websites.
Have you ever wondered exactly what ethical standards exist in the media? ETHICS IN MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS: CASES AND CONTROVERSIES explains it all and shows you that there's a lot more to the story behind the scenes. Whether the issue is censorship, privacy, or accuracy, the media is governed by ethical norms that you need to know. And because it's packed with case studies and review tools, this media ethics textbook is the one that will help out on the test as well.
"This book, more than any other media ethics textbook currently available, treats students as the intellectually curious, philosophically aware, and ethically motivated individuals that we hope them to be. As one brings one’s own wisdom to the reading with the understanding that there is more to learn, this is one of those rare books that has the potential to keep on giving to professors and to students."