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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Media Values

Inspired by Bill Porter

Edited by Richard Keeble

Shortly before his death in 2009 Bill Porter suggested the publication of a book in which colleagues could highlight in many different ways the fundamental principles of the ICF. Media Values is that book, drawing together 29 chapters inspired by Bill Porter. Since it appears sadly following his death, it can now serve as a timely celebration of his life and his inspirational campaign.

Commenting on the book, Sir David Bell, non-executive director of the Economist, chair of the Media Standards Trust and recently retired chairman of theFinancial Times writes: “This is an impressive book inspired by a remarkable man who was devoted to the simple idea that the media can have high standards and prepared to campaign tirelessly to make this idea come alive. As this book shows, his impact was considerable and the torch which he lit is burning stronger than ever.”

>The book is edited by Richard Lance Keeble, professor of journalism at the University of Lincoln. The contributors include:

  • Bernard Margueritte argues that moral leadership can inspire higher media standards
  • Alan Channer stresses the role of the theatre as a force for good
  • John B. Fairfax traces the impact of proprietors on newspaper history
  • Carol Goar explains how she learned some risks are worth taking
  • Martyn Lewis promotes solution-oriented journalism
  • Magnus Linklater argues the internet is no reason to abandon the industry's founding principles
  • Rafael Marques de Morais assesses media standards in Angola
  • Natalya Skvortsova suggests it’s time for journalists to admit their mistakes
  • Bob Webb argues that all journalists have a duty to challenge racism.

Media Values is published by Troubador Publishing in their Communication Ethics series, and will be available from Novenber 2010. Click here for more details, including the full contents and how to place an order..