Are we going crazy about social media? Are we journalists using social networks in an ethical manner?
Embracing all these new tools is more than a challenge for hackers and broadcasters than it might seem. So, how should media professionals use social media?
I do believe this is an important question to bear in mind, especially when everybody is sharing their lives and thoughts in the virtual world. Even though we see ourselves in possession of a personal and private space, nothing is likely to be so unique and only own by us.
We might be living a sort of revolution within the trade, as we are getting used to all these networking tools. In a 24/7 media world we have the need to converge upon a new ethical approach to these news resources. Eventually, all media companies would end up adopting a guideline, but so far, only few of them have done so. Obviously, there are pros and cons in using networking tools for journalists such as larger range of sources while losing personal contact, we gain immediacy, but at the same time online sources have to be checked offline and so on.
Truth, honesty, accuracy, privacy, opinions, facts,… All these and more in next posts.