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Education
12.15.2014
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 »

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 »

Education
10.10.2013

The following is an opinion piece by correspondent Josh Stearns. It’s nearly impossible to gauge the full impact of harassment of the press. How do you measure the stories that go untold because a journalist felt intimidated? How do you quantify the corruption that won’t be exposed because sources are afraid to talk? When the […] more »

Education
09.23.2013

The Federal Communications Commission recently asked for public comment on its plans to streamline and increase the E-rate program for libraries and schools. Knight Foundation is helping libraries in 27 cities become digital community centers, and the Knight School at Queens University has a goal of raising the digital media literacy rate of its entire […] more »

Education
09.12.2013

As the world watches Syria this week, ethics questions will focus on how critically the media are thinking about the purpose and extent of possible military intervention, as well as issues of credibility, independence and context. But within Syria’s borders, groups of loosely and tightly organized citizens are focused on practicing their own journalism — […] more »

Education
08.19.2013

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 »


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