SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Kim, Y., & Kelly, J. (2010). Public reactions toward an ethical dilemma faced by photojournalists: Examining the conflict between acting as a dispassionate observer and acting as a “Good Samaritan”. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 87, 23–40.

Abstract: When documenting human tragedy, photojournalists frequently face ethical dilemmas in choosing between acting as dispassionate observers and “Good Samaritans.” This study asked whether readers adopt a situational ethics rationale when they assess the photojournalist's decision to make a photograph of a person suffering severe trauma. Using a mixed experimental research design, the study presented a news situation, i.e., a photograph in which a woman was on fire, in differing versions. Results based on the responses of seventy-two readers clearly showed that readers adopted a situational ethics rationale.

Journal Article 2: Swanson, R. (2003). Decision premises and their implications for developing decision-making expertise. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 5, 378–392.

Abstract: The problem and the solution. Decision making is a complex phenomenon, even when studied in relative isolation. Decisionmaker premises that influence the decision-making process are not fully understood. One solution for gaining further understanding of actual decision making in practice could be through longitudinal case studies of actual decision makers. This report is from a 4-year case study of a small business owner's decision making within the two core realms of his work-business operations and technical production. New insights about decision premises being both mediators and constraints in the process were revealed.