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Ethics in Media Education: How Attention to Ethical Issues Can Increase Students’ Ethical Sensitivity

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This paper reports on two studies using pretest-posttest methods to investigate whether college students' sensitivity to ethical issues in TV news changes after exposure to media ethics issues in college courses. A total of 299 students viewed and responded to an actual TV news story either at the beginning or near the end of either a media ethics course (Study 1, n=32) or a lower-division introductory media course (Study 2, n=267). Ethical sensitivity was measured by applying cognitive mapping techniques to written responses to a set of funnel-sequenced open-ended questions about the story. Changes in ethical sensitivity were investigated via t-tests, comparing responses provided at the beginning of the course to responses provided near the end of the course. In both Study 1 and Study 2, we discovered statistically significant increases in the mention of all of the indicators of ethical sensitivity (awareness of story characteristics, ethical issues, consequences, and stakeholders) at the end of the course. We also found increases in the extent to which students made connections or linkages among the four indicators listed above.

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Lind, Rebecca., Swenson-Lepper, Tammy. and Rarick, David. "Ethics in Media Education: How Attention to Ethical Issues Can Increase Students’ Ethical Sensitivity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the BEA, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV, Apr 09, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p495168_index.html>

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Lind, R. , Swenson-Lepper, T. and Rarick, D. L. , 2011-04-09 "Ethics in Media Education: How Attention to Ethical Issues Can Increase Students’ Ethical Sensitivity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the BEA, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p495168_index.html

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Abstract: This paper reports on two studies using pretest-posttest methods to investigate whether college students' sensitivity to ethical issues in TV news changes after exposure to media ethics issues in college courses. A total of 299 students viewed and responded to an actual TV news story either at the beginning or near the end of either a media ethics course (Study 1, n=32) or a lower-division introductory media course (Study 2, n=267). Ethical sensitivity was measured by applying cognitive mapping techniques to written responses to a set of funnel-sequenced open-ended questions about the story. Changes in ethical sensitivity were investigated via t-tests, comparing responses provided at the beginning of the course to responses provided near the end of the course. In both Study 1 and Study 2, we discovered statistically significant increases in the mention of all of the indicators of ethical sensitivity (awareness of story characteristics, ethical issues, consequences, and stakeholders) at the end of the course. We also found increases in the extent to which students made connections or linkages among the four indicators listed above.


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