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Law & Ethics

Education
03.23.2015
by Stephen J. A. Ward

How does a society deal with what it considers to be unethical use of the freedom to publish? Dictators imprison journalists. Democracies use a mix of legal and non-legal mechanisms, from libel laws to press councils. In the United States, journalists have long countered calls for greater legal regulation by appealing to an ethical ideal […] more »

Education
03.20.2014

Twitter can make or break a journalist’s (or indeed an educator’s) reputation in less time than it takes to write the typical headline. We have only to Google “Octavia Nasr” or “David Guth” to see the consequences of using of 140 characters without thinking enough. But despite Twitter’s prominence in journalism, there are few guidelines […] more »

Best Practices
03.06.2014

Remix is a new segment of education content on MediaShift, featuring interesting and innovative journalism assignments, courses and curricula. Writers will detail their ideas and work and, where possible, provide links and materials, so other educators can adapt them in their own programs. If you’re interested in sharing your approaches to be remixed at other […] more »

Education
02.10.2014

It’s a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur. The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., opted to stop using the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot and athletic nickname — in its […] more »

Education
12.11.2013

This summer The Onion ran a satirical piece purporting to be an op-ed by CNN’s managing editor, Meredith Artley, titled, “Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning.” Her explanation for why CNN filled the top news slot with the story “Miley Cyrus Did What???” (this was the actual […] more »

Education
11.21.2013

The ethics of digital media are evolving just as fast as the medium itself. The Poynter Institute and PBS MediaShift hosted “Truth and Trust in the 21st Century,” a symposium on Nov. 13, 2013, in New York discussing the issues of ethical practices in the age of new media. Here’s a recap of the issues […] more »

Citizen Journalism
11.19.2013

Right now there are three major efforts under way to rethink journalism ethics for our changed media landscape. The Online News Association and the Society for Professional Journalists have both launched ethics discussions with their members, and the Poynter Institute recently published a major book on “The New Ethics of Journalism.” Poynter is using the […] more »

Education
11.18.2013

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 »

Education
11.13.2013

In an era of social media and lightning-fast breaking news, how do you sort truth from fiction? Today, you can watch and listen in as a panel of traditional and new media practitioners discuss how they make ethical decisions on what to post and when. Produced by The Poynter Institute and MediaShift, “Truth and Trust in the 21st […] more »

Education
11.04.2013

This an opinion post by correspondent Stephen Ward. Transparency, according to optimistic accounts, is the answer to bad government and wrongdoing by corporations and news media. Let the “sunshine” of transparency enter the public domain and watch these evil forces retreat. Transparency — monitoring how agencies operate — goes back to the trumpeting of “publicity” […] more »


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EducationShift aims to move journalism education forward with coverage of innovation in the classroom as journalism and communications schools around the globe are coping with massive technological change. The project includes a website, bi-weekly Twitter chats at #EdShift, mixers and workshops, and webinars for educators.

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MediaShift received a grant from the Knight Foundation to revamp its EducationShift section to focus on change in journalism education. It will extend the conversation started by Eric Newton's "Searchlights and Sunglasses," a resource for journalism educators.