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 »

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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.


What impact is social media having on journalists and journalism?

January 26, 2011

 

In the traditional world the news organizations had to give out information, and people would consume it. But simply making information available is not enough for today’s public. Today’s audiences expect to be able to choose what they read, and most believe they should be able to contribute content and opinions, too. This shift is generally called the social media.

Basically social media use internet-and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. It has not only benefited journalists but has also helped give individuals a way to speak up to the world.

More and more people prefer reading newspapers online due to the online version being global, free and around forever. If most of the consumers are on line, it is better to reach them online. Traditional media is slowly becoming history. Journalists are now making a good use of social media to engage their audience.

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When the bird spreads its wings

January 20, 2011

 

Before getting started with the topic I am doing research on (ethic and legal issues to bear in mind when using social media content in news coverage) I want to share with you all something I came across while surfing the Net.

Social Media currently play an important role. This is something that goes almost without saying. Nevertheless, the way they are used in democratic countries differs from that one in states ruled by authoritarian regimes, where social media are the voice of the people who protest, demonstrate or even take part in a revolution. Read the rest of this entry »


UCF Social Media

January 6, 2011

 

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Twitter, Facebook… 2010 saw a continued growth for firms and media outlets engaging in online communities and other social media technique, which allow them to interact with their audiences and clients. Social Media are taking on different fields of our society. And they do it worldwide. What is more, citizen journalism has become an important technique on news gathering. Read the rest of this entry »