Using crime victims' names in the news: journalists' legal rights and ethical justifications

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Using crime victims' names in the news: journalists' legal rights and ethical justifications

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Michelle en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-06T15:22:25Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-06T15:22:25Z
dc.date.issued 1996 en_US
dc.identifier.other b37095080 en_US
dc.identifier.other 36435539 en_US
dc.identifier.other Thesis 45019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/6168
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1996 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the late 1980s and 1990s, individuals in the intellectual and academic circles of the journalistic community argued over whether or not journalists should publish the names of crime victims, particularly rape victims, in news stories. This dissertation examines journalists' practices in naming crime victims, their legal right to name victims, and their ethical justifications for naming victims. It finds that journalists actually name few crime victims in the news, although the First Amendment gives them nearly an absolute right to do so. Journalists' ethical justifications for naming crime victims vary greatly. Some journalists give a great deal of thought to their actions; some give little. Generally, journalists demonstrate good intentions but a lack of understanding of the potential consequences of their actions. en_US
dc.format.extent vi, 217 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Theses--Communications en_US
dc.title Using crime victims' names in the news: journalists' legal rights and ethical justifications en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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