Media Ethics

Course Information
TitleΔημοσιογραφική ηθική και δεοντολογία / Media Ethics
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorDespina Chronaki
Course ID140000134

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students: - familiarize with basic concepts as ethics, and journalism ethics and become aware of their importance for journalism profession. - familiarize with basic rules of journalism ethics. - understand the role of journalism ethics in the framework public space, - understand contemporary dilemmas and conflicts of interests and values, journalists have to cope with, in their every day professional life and learn how to resolve them. - become aware of the fact that Press freedom is not illimited and that its exercise carries with it duties and obligations.
General Competences
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The target of this course is to introduce students to media and journalism values and ethics, as "ethical and good practice principles applicable to the specific challenges faced by journalists", as well as their relationship with moral guidelines and the law. After having studied the parallel history of freedom of Press and journalists' profession, we examine theories about the nature of journalism ethics, fundamental values and standards which apply in this field, categories of journalists' and media codes of ethics at an international or national level, their content and their nature and finally the role of non governmental instutions (as press councils and ombudsmen) whοse role is to encourage adherence to both codified and uncodified ethics and standards and foster self-criticism.
journalism ethics, journalism values, self regulation, Press Councils, ombudsmen
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
  • papers, case studies
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
For the communication with students I use my e-mail. I also use Drop-box, slide-share, Academia edu and facebook in order to post any kind of scientific material.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50
Written assigments50
Student Assessment
(Obligatory) Written exam at the end of each semester. Students answer to 4 of the six questions given to them and have to write down a brief analysis of each one. (Optional). Students may conduct a written summary or a commentary of a scientific paper, usually in English, which is chosen from a list of titles given to them, relative to the subject of the course. This written work is deposited at the end of the semester and may grant the student up to 3 points on his written exam grade. If the student prefers to present his work in class, he will earn 1 point plus on his written exam grade.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ε. Δεληγιάννη, Ηθική των Μ.Μ.Ε. - Δημοσιογραφική Δεοντολογία, εκδόσεις Ι. Σιδέρη, Αθήνα 2004.
Additional bibliography for study
Συμπληρωματική βιβλιογραφία - C. Atton & J. F. Hamilton, Alternative journalism, London: Sage Publications 2008. - C. Atton, Why alternative journalism matters, Journalism, Vol. 10 (3), 2009, 283. - J. Y. M. Nip, Exploring the second phase of public journalism, Journalism Studies, Vol. 7, No 2, 2006, 212. - KENNETH STARCK, What’s Right/Wrong with Journalism Ethics Research?Journalism Studies, Volume 2, Number 1, 2001, pp. 133–152. - LEE WILKINS, BONNIE BRENNEN Temple University, Conflicted Interests, Contested Terrain: journalism ethics codes then and now, Journalism Studies, Volume 5, Number 3, 2004, pp. 297–309, -Stephen J. A. Ward, Global Journalism Ethics: Widening the Conceptual Base, Global Media Journal -- Canadian Edition, 2008, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp. 137-149, - P. S. Voakes, A Brief History of Public Journalism, National Civic Review, Fall, 2004, 25-35. Ιστοσελίδες 1. WIKIPEDIA Journalism ethics and standards Journalistic objectivity Freedom of the press Media manipulation First Amendment to the United States Constitution Fourth Estate 2. JOURNALISM ETHICS CASES ONLINE,
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