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The War Within: Battling Polarization, Reductionism, and Superficiality - A critical analysis of truth-telling in war reporting
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis analyzes specific challenges concerning 'truth-telling' war reporters face when reporting on international conflict. For this purpose truth is examined in accordance with journalistic principles outlined in codes of ethics, with a focus on objectivity and fairness. The aim is to discover ways to improve the application of principles, in order to battle epistemic errors and the effects they entail: polarization, reductionism, and superficiality. The study concludes that providing context and nuance is crucial, but that codes - although essential - are insufficient in helping journalists decide what is relevant and what is not. An approach in virtue ethics is recommended where phronesis (or practical wisdom) can inspire responsible journalists to comply with the spirit, rather than the letter of the principles.

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2015. , 45 p.
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media ethics, responsible journalism, war reporting, truth, bias, objectivity, fairness, virtue ethics, phronesis, epistemic injustice, polarization, reductionism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119751ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--15/01--SEOAI: diva2:826737
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Master in Applied Ethics
Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2015-07-01Bibliographically approved

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