Mass Media and Ethics in Journalism

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

—The Constitution of the United States, Amendment I


  • Also called “moral philosophy”
  • The philosophical study of morality
  • Beliefs concerning right and wrong
  • Not statutes concerning what is legal, and what is illegal


Noun. \ ˈmē-dē-əm \
: a means of effecting or conveying something.
Plural: media

The Media

Individuals and organizations using electronic and print platforms to convey information and messages to mass numbers of people.


Topical information of interest to a broad audience served by a media outlet.


Writing and reporting news and information in a fair and objective way using a media platform.

Three Primary Functions of the Mass Media

  • Inform
  • Educate
  • Entertain


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