In ethics, rarely is there right and wrong, black and white. Mostly, we confront a series of dilemmas.
UPDATE, AUGUST 2012: A year after this blog was created, I confirm that we still face ethical quagmires of shades of gray. Despite the pruient content of the best-selling book, “50 Shades of Grey,” it would also be a good title for the jobs journalists must do.
From OUR textbook: “Resolving dilemmas is the business of ethics. It’s not an easy process, but ethical dilemmas can be anticipated and prepared for, and there is a wealth of ethical theory … to back up your final decision. … In the end, you will have tools, not answers. Answers must come from within you, but your answers should be informed by what others have written and experienced. — Media Ethics, by Philip Patterson and Lee Wilkins.
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