Media Ethics and Responsibility Persuasive Essay by Write Fine

Media Ethics and Responsibility
A critical look at the media's role in the case of the BTK killer in Wichita, Kansas.
# 112409 | 1,223 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 23, 2009 in Communication (Journalism) , Criminology (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper discusses the case of the BTK killer in Wichita, Kansas and the publication of the murderer's messages by a local newspaper "The Eagle". The paper discusses how many believed that publishing these messages increased the chances of catching the murderer in question, but the paper reveals that this newspaper was also interested in the publicity and hype surrounding the case. The paper mentions the role of media ethics and asserts that not only did the publication actually encourage the killer to go on, but it also inspired mass fear and stress in the eyes of the public at large.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Maher, Kelly J. "Media Ethics: Media's Role in BTK Case Questioned." University of Minnesota. Study of Media Ethics and Law. 5. May. 2008.
  • Merritt, Davis, Mccombs, Maxwell. The Two W's of Journalism: The What and Why of Public Affairs Reporting. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2004.

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