Tag: journalism ethics

by Tara George

At a conference of local news entrepreneurs in Philadelphia recently, speakers were sharing tips on innovative ways of making money when Jay Allred took the floor. He’s the charismatic publisher of Richland Source, a two-year-old news startup in Mansfield, Ohio, and even among the entrepreneurial crowd gathered for the Local Independent Online News Publishers meet-up, […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. When it’s OK to pay for a story (Kelly McBride / New York Times) 2. Reuters to offer free content to Web publishers (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 3. Wall Street Journal to roll out paid news app (Joe Pompeo / Capital New York) 4. The company that’s reportedly blocking ‘$6.6 billion’ of Google’s revenue […] more »

by Steve Buttry

If a technique were proven to reduce errors, don’t you think journalists, journalism organizations and journalism educators would race to embrace it? To demand that journalists follow it? To teach it in J-schools? Well, as Craig Silverman has pointed out repeatedly, the checklist is the most effective system of preventing errors, so effective that pilots […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

2014 brought us the year of My Journalism Ethics. It was the year that “personalizing” journalism ethics went mainstream. Big time. Major journalism associations, from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to the Online News Association (ONA) grappled with the problem of writing ethical guidelines for an increasingly personalized, opinionated, and politically biased media sphere. […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

How should we reconstruct journalism ethics now that a media revolution has left a pre-digital, professional consensus in fragments? That appears to be the question for ethicists and journalists who care about ethics. Yet the question is contested. Some journalists are skeptical about any attempt to forge a new practice-wide consensus on aims and principles. […] more »

by Tom Kent

The Online News Association this month is launching its “do-it-yourself” ethics code project. It’s a mechanism to help news organizations, small startups and individual journalists and bloggers create their own codes of ethics. It’s also a resource for journalism students creating their own personal ethics statements. “Do-it-yourself ethics” has a funny ring to it, though. […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

Ironically, journalists -— a group normally reluctant to theorize —- are today up to their ears in definitions, a favorite activity of philosophers. For some time, journalists and their associations have been trying anxiously to define “journalist” and “journalism” as a media revolution blurs the differences between professional journalists and citizens. I have some bad […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

Talk of media revolution is so ubiquitous that we sometimes become inured to the force of what we say. We nod our head in agreement that change is everywhere, but we fail to think through the consequences of change. During my public talks, I note that many people accept the fact of media revolution but […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When a story broke last week that news and gossip site TMZ had applied for a permit to put a drone in the air, the piece leapt to the top of the Drudge Report, as minds began to spin with visions of robot copters hovering over celebrities’ every move. The report turned out to be […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

In response to the rapidly changing media environment, many schools and academic programs are offering novel approaches to journalism education. This seismic change creates tensions within programs, especially when it comes to how to teach ethics for this increasingly mixed media. In an earlier column, I put forward some principles for teaching ethics amid this […] more »