Journalism Ethics

21 Essentials from Wars to Artificial Intelligence


Eric Wishart

ISBN : 978-988-8842-88-9

Film, Media, Fine Arts

March 2024

240 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″

  • HK$120.00

This concise and authoritative work offers the latest guidance on journalism ethics for students and media professionals and will help empower news consumers to make informed decisions about the trustworthiness of their sources of information. It offers advice on all aspects of journalism ethics including accuracy and seeking the truth, representation of women, LGBTQ coverage, climate change, mental health, use of images, conflict reporting, elections, and how to use artificial intelligence. The author brings a unique perspective and depth of knowledge to the complex challenges facing journalists and news consumers in this era of fake news, disinformation, and artificial intelligence.

Eric Wishart is standards and ethics editor, and former editor-in-chief, of the international news agency Agence France-Presse, and is a member of the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists. Drawing on more than 50 years of experience, he teaches journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University.

“A clear, compelling, and comprehensive guide to how journalism, at its best, should work. Students and veterans alike could learn a great deal from it.”

—Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, The Guardian, 1995–2015

“This book should be on every reporter’s desk. Journalism ethics made easy and practical. Eric Wishart put his decades of experience, as a reporter, editor-in-chief, and standards and ethics editor, into these chapters on the many ethical dilemmas a journalist can come across. As a handbook and a quick reference work, the book is a true treasure trove.”

—Margo Smit, president, The Organization of News Ombuds and Standards Editors

“Eric Wishart brings a depth of experience and wisdom to this succinct, easy-to-read examination of the ethics and culture of journalism. As a refresher for professionals or a primer for students and information consumers who want to understand the principles of responsible, reliable journalism, this compact work is rich with valuable lessons and guidance.”

—Fred Brown, ethics committee chair, Society of Professional Journalists

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