Journalistic Ethic


1.To distinguish between Law and Ethics and recognize ethical issues. Being able to define problematic areas and to know the main professional ethical codes and legal dispositions regulating the journalistic profession.
2.To understand how journalistic values are historically and culturally rooted and discuss from an ethical perspective the impact of media on society and the public space.
3. To develop analytical skills and ethical thinking. To demonstrate intellectual coherence, informed critical thinking and applied reasoning to solve journalistic ethical dilemmas in professional practice.
4. To provide a critical and informed discussion about contemporary media disruptions and practices in the digital ecosystem and compare ethical standards.
5. To stimulate the moral imagination and become a moral agent. To promote a sense of care and instigate radical questioning about journalists' responsibility towards the Other.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carla Maria dos Santos Filipe Batista


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





  • Cornu, D. (1996). Jornalismo e Verdade. Lisboa: Editora Piaget.
  • Festus, E. (2019). Media Ethics: Readings on Critical Thinking and Cyber Dynamics. New York: Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • Luce, A. (Ed) (2019). Ethical reporting of sensitive topics.
  • New York: Routledge
  • McBride, K & Rosenstiel, T. (Eds) (2021). The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century. London: SAGE.
  • Mesquita, M. (2003). O Quarto Equívoco. Coimbra: Minerva.
  • Ward, S. (2013). Global Media Ethics: problems and perspectives. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Wilkins, L. & Christians, C. G. (Eds) (2020).The Routledge Handbook of Mass Media Ethics. New York: Routledge.

Teaching method

- Collaborative discussion and guided critics of selected readings and empirical materials, including audiovisual outputs;
- Critical discussion and resolution of ethical case studies related with ethical dilemmas in diverse journalistic contexts;
- Lectures with invited guests working on journalism practice, media regulation or media activism.

Evaluation method

Continuous Assessment - Empirically driven research project (10%), Group work: analysis and oral presentation of one journalistic ethical case study (50%), Individual academic essay based on the previously submitted research project and related with one of the syllabus topic(40%)

Subject matter

1.Media Ethics, Moral and Law. Ethical codes and legal dispositions regulating journalism: origins, values, and comparative dynamics.
2. Journalist's social and professional responsibilities and media regulation: institutions, rights and duties, limits, and conflicts of interest.
3. Media ethics in deep mediatized public space. Journalism crises, disruptions, and transformations. Ethical conscience and participative democracy.
4. Media ethics, digital activism and media literacy: fighting disinformation, defending journalism.
5. Ethical dilemmas in hybrid digital media systems: the revision of contemporary civic culture. Critical analysis of selected case studies.
6. Feminist media ethics of care in journaliist reportage: between utopia and transformative action.