Tag: ethics

by Geoffrey King

Carlos Miller is not one to back down. As the founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, a leading blog about free speech and press rights in the U.S., Miller has made it his mission to publicize examples of government overreach and the suppression of journalists’ and other newsgatherers’ rights. And although he […] more »

by Denise Lu

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 »

by Josh Stearns

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 »

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 Mark Glaser

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 »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

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 »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

This month, throngs of fresh-eyed students are filing back onto campus (or logging in online), attempting to become journalists at a time when the very definition of a journalist is in constant flux. Those who teach tomorrow’s journalists have a monumental task ahead of them: Not only do they have to instruct and mentor these […] more »

by Craig Newmark

OK, I really just want news I can trust. Couple years ago, I blurted out that “the press should be the immune system of democracy.” Personally, I really don’t like being lied to, but my deal here is that our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

At the National Conference on Media Reform earlier this month, a topic I heard repeated in panel after panel was the diversity of voices. Media consolidation, industry cutbacks, and political repression are among the threats to reporting on and by independent and diverse perspectives around the world. The videos we see on a regular basis […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Have you ever stumbled upon a really entertaining ad? It was funny, entertaining, maybe even enlightening, and you even passed it around to friends to check out. That’s the hope behind the movement of “native advertising,” a spruced up version of “sponsored content” that appears not in ad slots but right in the editorial well. […] more »