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The Ethical Implications of an Elite Press

Singer, J. (2013). The Ethical Implications of an Elite Press. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 28(3), pp. 203-216. doi: 10.1080/08900523.2013.802163


Newspaper publishers are well into the process of bifurcating what once was a single mass-market product. Particularly for larger papers, website versions are taking over the mass-market role, while remaining print products are moving toward targeting a much smaller and more elite readership. This article explores theoretical and ethical issues raised by such a two-tiered newspaper structure and suggests directions for empirical study. Broadly, concerns center on the widening knowledge gap between print and online newspaper readers and its implications for civic discourse and democratic vitality. More narrowly, issues encompass a potential bifurcation of normative standards, including diverging markers of credibility, accuracy, and privacy.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Mass Media Ethics on 25 July 2013, available online:
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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