Moving Into the Media World: The Moral Psychology of Emerging Adults in Journalism and Communication

David A. Craig, Patrick Lee Plaisance, Erin Schauster, Ryan J. Thomas, Chris Roberts, Katie R. Place, Yuan Sun, Jin Chen, Casey Yetter, Randi Leigh Thomas

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Abstract

A growing body of psychology-based scholarship identifies emerging adulthood as a distinct, transitional stage of life and work characterized by several features, wherein relatively little is known regarding moral development. This study is part of a 3-year, longitudinal project involving recent graduates across six U.S. universities who studied journalism and media-related fields. Guided by emerging adulthood, moral psychology, and media exemplar research, this study analyzes results for 110 graduates who completed an online survey regarding their personality traits, virtuous character, moral reasoning, and ethical ideology. It constitutes the first detailed portrait of moral identity of emerging adults in media-related fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Educator
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Education

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