Virtue in the Media World
Responsible practice in news, PR, and advertising
Patrick L. Plaisance Ph.D.
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Patrick Lee Plaisance, Ph.D., is the Don W. Davis Professor in Ethics at the Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, and Editor of the Journal of Media Ethics.
Behavior in media is scrutinized as never before. As a former journalist long interested in the factors that both help and hinder media professionals who aspire to conform to ethical norms and standards, I hope to bridge the gap between professional practice and media ethics scholarship. I also hope to offer some perspective on what media professionals do and why they do it. Drawing on my own research and that of other media ethicists, I explore ethical questions in media behavior and how moral psychology research can help journalists and other communicators embody virtuous practices.