The best journalists are masters at their craft. With a comma and a colon, a vivid verb and a colorful adjective, they not only convey important information but also create a sense of place and evoke powerful emotions. A compelling story can shape-for good or ill-the way a reader understands people, events, and issues. The Ethics of the Story examines the ethical implications of narrative techniques commonly used in journalism, not just literary journalism but also news and feature writing. The book draws on interviews with 60 talented journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners, to offer practical advice about ethical choices in writing and editing.
David Craig is associate professor of journalism at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ethics Paragraph by Paragraph Chapter 2 1 The Power and Ethics of the Story Chapter 3 2 Anecdotes Chapter 4 3 Description and Attribution Chapter 5 4 Quotes and Paraphrasing Chapter 6 5 Word Choice, Labeling, and Bias Chapter 7 6 Interpretation and Analysis Chapter 8 7 Voice Chapter 9 8 The Big Picture Chapter 10 References