Category: Media Studies

Freedom of Speech in NZ historically

Philosophy Resource Managing | Home This site describes the freedom of speech laws, or lack thereof, in NZ historically and as such provides a useful background information for students discussing freedom of speech as an ethical or political topic.

Freedom of Speech an Introduction

This is a very useful, although slightly technical, website to look at the main reasons why we care about freedom of speech and the main defense thereof, by John Stuart Mill. Subsequent sections look at why offense, not direct harm, can itself be a reason to curb our liberties to speech as we choose.

Media Ethics Case Study

The Pike River mine disaster is a useful case study regarding the ethical practices of journalists during times of extreme stress and grief. Notably, it demonstrates to what extent journalists are prepared to go for a good, humanised story. This case study provides a pertinent and relevant case study on an applied ethical issue. For […]

Routledge A Level Philosophy

This very useful and secondary school student appropriate website, is targeted at students in Year 12 and 13. It covers a range of topics including reason and experience, why should I be governed? Why should I be moral? The idea of God, persons, knowledge of the external world, tolerance, the value of art, God and […]

What Do You Know: An Introduction to Global Skepticism

This PowerPoint Presentation gets students to challenge their perception of reality by suggesting that our senses are not as reliable as we think they are. The language and content is fairly basic, but students of all ages would enjoy discussing the issues raised by this resource.

Journalism Ethics and Standards

This wiki site is a nice introduction to what Journalism standards are and the common elements of ethical issues in Journalism, notably: harm principle. It gives examples of ethical issues for instance can a journalist reveal a source of information after guaranteeing confidentiality if the source proves to be unreliable? The main concern with this […]

Censorship in New Zealand

This is a useful site for students regarding censorship, including the legal aspects, history, and how censorship works. It is an overview resource, not particularly in depth but a good place to begin when discussing censorship as an ethical issue.