Information and social media

February 16, 2011

Accessibility to internet has brought about radical changes in terms of information and communication. Due to these changes now it is so easy to get online.

Social networking sites like Twitter, Face Book, LinkedIn, foursquare, MySpace etc   bring more and more people online, especially the youngsters.  Twitter in particular is used by journalists as an outlet to release breaking news because it is not only instant but can also effectively reach to a huge number of audiences.

The development of mobile phones having access to internet has also contributed a lot to have up-to-date information, news or progress of events worldwide.

Social media in general is a positive development, especially for freelance journalists as it gives a huge range of possibilities in terms of getting work! It is very tough to step into this industry and when the only media outlets that existed were print publications, there were limited opportunities for young journalists. However, the emergence of online media has created more prospects for writers and journalists both.

Besides many advantages of social media its ethical aspect especially in context of journalism is very important.

The dangerous thing about it is somewhat lack of control. As there could be anyone create a website or a blog etc so there are a number of ethical issues that are raised, especially since the technological advances move at such a fast pace. Defamation is a huge ethical issue in online journalism. As anybody can write their opinions online and people have so much freedom to express, comment or respond instantly on the internet so it is easy to commit libel. For example, writing a defamatory statement about any individual or organization could be considered libel. However, the problem with the online journalism is where to draw a line?

Despite many advantages of social media in terms of the ability to reach out to a mass audience, the immense freedom people have online can also cause more damage than intended.

Iqbal Yousafzai

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Social media and journalism content

February 10, 2011

Sasa Petricic, CBC videojournalist

Sasa Petricic, CBC videojournalist, on social media


“Social media for journalists is like dreams coming true”

February 9, 2011

Social media for journalists could be like sweet candies and/or dreams coming true… But what we see or read is not necessary facts.

We talk about less privacy and more opinion and speculation. Daisy Griffith, social media strategy and digital content for BBC and others, goes through different ethic aspects that journalists should bear in mind.


Ethics and editorial guidelines (II)

February 9, 2011

 

 

Daisy Griffith, social media strategy and digital content for BBC and others, talking about new ethical guidelines for journalists.


What are the main ethical challenges journalism is facing when embracing Social Media?

February 8, 2011

Comments posted in our Facebook discussion group.

I agree with Sergi that although social media can provide leads, but info needs to be checked. Another point I’ve noticed is that people’s tweets from months or years ago are sometimes used to try and weaken the perception of their character in articles. Tweets are easier to use out of context to try and make someone seem better or worse than you want. It’s something we all need to be careful of when posting.

Amy Hall

I agree with Becs… it’s a good way to find or follow a good story, but a journalist must alway check the information. I think that social media are the present and the future… My opinion is that journalists who works with social media are the working towards taking over old generations.

Sergi Caufapé

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Ethics and editorial guidelines (I)

February 2, 2011

 

Over the past few years, news organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and BBC have issued protocols for staff on networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. They have done so for personal blogs and web sites as well.

So we are talking about new editorial policies for social media. The reason why they did so would probably be controversies sparked over reporters’ tweets. Today, journalists stress the fact that their tweets do not represent their employers’ point of view, but theirs and only theirs. Read the rest of this entry »


Digital dilemmas for journalists

January 26, 2011

 

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.