Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

16 p.

Publication Date

12-2000

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Journal of Mass Media Ethics

Source ISSN

0890-0523

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1207/S15327728JMME1504_3

Abstract

This study addresses the Minnesota News Council’s moral authority–that is, its ability to serve as a referent for the ethical or moral choices of others–and how its authority might be affected by perceptions of its legitimacy. After analyzing all of the Council’s 125 written determinations, we argue that the Council’s legitimacy and authority could be enlarged by clearer statements of ethical principles, explicit expressions of standards of conduct, and more consistent references to past determinations.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol.15, No. 3 (December 2000): 232-247. DOI. © Taylor & Francis 2000. Used with permission.

Erik Ugland was affiliated with the University of Minnesota at the time of publication.

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