Digital Media and Ethics

How does a professional journalist use the new media, e.g. Facebook and Twitter, to research and publish and can they use texts or images published by social media users? I can see you think, you’d like to know it, don’t you? Well, I’ll tell you what I think.

But first I need to tell you the following:

There are tensions on two levels. The first level contains the difference between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ media; the traditional and the online media. There are also tensions between local and global journalism.
The question is: can we untangle these conflicts to set rules?

You need to take these things clear for yourself as well:
– Who is a journalist?
– What is journalism?
– Anonymity
– Speed, rumour and corrections
– Impartiality, conflicts of interest and partisan journalism
– Entrepreneurial not-for-profit journalism
– Reporters using social media
– Citizen journalists and using citizen content
The question is: Do we have to set standars for each subcategory?

The next topic we need to discuss is photos and videos. You can make them, but you can also manipulate them easily. Another way to fake the picture, is to add something or take something out before you take the photo are shoot the scene.
The question is: Can we trust images on the internet?

I think you already noticed: setting ethic rules isn’t an easy job. In the beginning of this post, I promised you to tell how a journalist should use the new media in my opinion, but I can’t. But… Can you?


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