Ethical Orientations of Journalists Around the Globe: Implications From a Cross-National Survey

Patrick Plaisance, Elizabeth A. Skewes, Thomas Hanitzsch

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Abstract

Journalism ethics theorizing is increasingly preoccupied with identifying and articulating universal norms and standards for media systems across various cultures. This study offers an empirical contribution to this topic by examining the ethical orientations of journalists in 18 countries. Country-level, or ideological, factors, rather than individual-level variables, appear to have the greatest impact on journalists' degrees of idealism and relativistic thinking. Findings affirm hierarchy-of-influences theories regarding news work. They also raise questions about the nature of universal standards that would constitute a cross-cultural journalism ethics theory and underscore concerns about the viability of Enlightenment assumptions to serve as universal journalism ethical norms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-661
Number of pages21
JournalCommunication Research
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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