Why ethics still matters
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This chapter first explores what is meant by ethics and how our understanding of what it is to be human entails an understanding of the possibility of ethics. I argue that one shared language (there may be others) that allows us to characterize ethics in a way that makes conversation between us meaningful can be found in the virtue ethics tradition. I take it to be the ground upon which an ethics for journalism can stand, emphasizing as it does the centrality of human agency and flourishing, truth-seeking and truth-telling, and an orientation to the common good. However, I also recognize that journalism as a practice is increasingly questioned and undermined by trends and structural realities that do not permit it to serve the political ethos of liberal democracies. This fact can act as a clarion call for us to place ethics, and particularly the values and virtues that constitute journalism, at the heart of educational programs for all citizens.