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Although Aristotle, Kant, and Mill play a supporting role in these worthy essays, communitarianism guides the discussion. Indeed, the book emphasizes that journalism, by its nature, is communal. Meyers (philosophy, California State Univ., Bakersfield) divides the volume into two sections, nine parts, and 23 chapters. Section 1 provides theory. Deni Elliott and David Ozar offer an accessible decision-making model that rivals the Potter Box method by extracting the essential values of journalism from the history of its practice. They ask three basic questions: Does the action fulfill one of journalism's role-related responsibilities? Will the action cause harm? Is the harm justified? Sandra Borden makes an apt argument for journalism's moral responsibility to inform and empower communities. Michael Davis argues persuasively from a Socratic perspective that journalism is, indeed, a profession. Jane Singer offers the intriguing argument that the morally relevant journalist of the 21st century will build networks on the Web. Stephen Ward provides a convincing outline of the philosophical foundations for pragmatic objectivity in journalism. Section 2, "The Practice of Journalism," offers excellent essays on applied ethics in relation to the business of journalism, privacy, relationships between reporters and audiences, reporting practices, and photographs and imagery. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. J. L. Aucoin University of South Alabama
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