Journalism Ethics: Third Test
Thursday, April 27

The test, which is worth 150 points again, will be similar in format to the first two: a combination of short-answer (probably including multiple-choice) and longer-answer/essay questions.

Because there is relatively little reading or lecture material in this last four-week segment, expect fewer short-answer questions and more essay questions. I almost certainly will ask you to make one or more ethical decisions by drawing on class materials.

It will not be cumulative in the sense that it will not cover readings or lectures from before the first two tests. But you will need to be familiar with the ideas of the key philosophers we have discussed and with the decision-making tools we have used.

You should know the Potter Box and Sissela Bok's decision-making steps by heart. (They're worth internalizing before you leave here.) You should be comfortable with the other tools we've used, such as Lambeth's or Elliott's questions, but you don't have to memorize them.

Additional fair game for the test:


* Patterson and Wilkins: Chapters III, V, IX, X and XI. (Because of our guest speakers, we won't have talked much in class about chapters III, V or XI, in particular. Do read 'em.)

* Supplemental readings: Online and reserve readings (remember, the latter are available through ICON). These include:

*   "Box Scores and Bylines" (Project for Excellence in Journalism)
*   "Siegenthaler and Wikipedia" (Project for Excellence in Journalism)
Skim the timeline and read the other main pieces from the Project for Excellence staff. Under "The Case in the Press," just pick one or two items that look interesting.
*   "A Scorecard for Net News Ethics" (Lasica; Online Journalism Review)
*   "What Are the Ethics of Online Journalism?" (Online Journalism Review)
*   "Who Is a Journalist -- I, II" (Gup, Godwin; Media Studies Journal; on reserve)

Lectures / Guests / Class Discussions:

* April 4: Mike Triplett, New Orleans Times-Picayune
* April 18: Neil Brown, St. Petersburg Times
* April 6, 11, 13, 20, 25

Not on the test:

* Specific questions from Kovach and Rosenstiel.

*  Specific questions from Merrill.
*   Specific questions that would require committing to memory case studies in Patterson and Wilkins from weeks 12, 13 or 14. (There may be something from the three case studies from week 15 since there's no exercise for the week.)