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Student Handout

Scruples A Game of Journalists' Dilemmas

Directions: Each student will draw a card or point to a box, read it out loud and offer his/her decision. Then, go around the group and compare each participant's views.

A public official, who you know is about to be indicted, asks that you not publish until he has a chance to talk with his family. Do you honor that request? Explain why or why not.

A top official provides you with classified information. Do you report on it? Explain why or why not.

After having access to a candidate's medical records, you learn that a she has a history of mental illness. Do you report on this? Explain why or why not.

Do you air graphic images of war when the casualties are from your community? Explain why or why not.

When reporting about a public official, do you publicize his rumored private indiscretions? Explain why or why not.

You are assigned to report on sex predators who use the Internet to attract minors. Do you pose as a minor in a chat room to expose them? Explain why or why not.

Do you publish what a particular community may find inflammatory? Explain why or why not.

Is it acceptable to use hidden cameras to uncover a news story? Explain why or why not.