Table of Contents, Spring 2022
BY EDWARD WASSERMAN
Modernizing defamation protections for the digital age will require revisiting Times vs. Sullivan’s burden of proof, which is imposed on the very people most likely to be libeled; and obligating social media companies to police their operations to minimize reputational damage.
BY KENDALL R. PHILLIPS
Horror films often portray violence and victimization, which raises ethical problems around what gets treated as entertainment. However, there might also be potential social benefits when these narratives invite serious reflection on social norms and practices.
Effective Environmental Reporting in the Age of the Climate Crisis: Redefining Balance and Retaining Credibility
BY COURTNEY PERKINS
Given that reporting on climate change has had limited effect on public opinion, what can journalists improve to better inform their audiences? Must journalists reimagine the concepts of balance, objectivity, and fairness in environmental reporting?
Surveillance, Journalism, and the Capital Riot: Ethically Reporting on Data Exploitation and Geotracking [CASE STUDY]
BY HAILEY WAMMACK, KAT WILLIAMS, & SCOTT R. STROUD
Smartphone geo-tracking is typically harnessed for advertising purposes, but it can also be used by law enforcement to surveil. Is this practice an invasion of privacy or does it make society safer?
The Ethics of TikTok Trends: “Getting Arrested” Videos and the Line Between Cringeworthy and Offensive [CASE STUDY]
BY CLAIRE COBURN AND JAMIE JELINEK
TikTok posters have uploaded video of themselves acting as if they are getting arrested. Critics charge that the videos are romanticizing arrest and trivializing police brutality. At what point does online content go beyond the merely offensive, such that platforms have an ethical obligation to curtail it?