The best journalists are masters at their craft. With a comma and a colon, a vivid verb and a colorful adjective, they not only convey important information but also create a sense of place and evoke powerful emotions. A compelling story can shape-for good or ill-the way a reader understands people, events, and issues. The Ethics of the Story examines the ethical implications of narrative techniques commonly used in journalism, not just literary journalism but also news and feature writing. The book draws on interviews with 60 talented journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners, to offer practical advice about ethical choices in writing and editing.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 231 x 156 x 14 mm
Arguing that powerful forces tempt journalists to stray from the best possible version of the truth, Craig devotes chapters to storytelling with anecdotes; how description and attribution can lead to a perceived bias or confusion over the source of the information; how to quote and when paraphrasing is acceptable; choosing words, assigning labels, and the inevitability of bias; the dangers of interpreting and analyzing the story; and the choice and dangers of voice....Recommended. * CHOICE *
David Craig makes an important contribution to the study of media ethics. He reminds us that all stories have moral dimensions; that the best journalists tell stories with care in the public interest; and that good or bad can come from the choice of a single word. -- Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Institute for Media Studies; author, Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer