Teaching Online Journalism

Posts tagged ‘ethics’

Aggregation and curation in journalism

About two months ago, I had to explain the concept and use of aggregation in online journalism to a group of journalists (mostly editors) in Vietnam. I found most of my material in this blog post by Steve Buttry — and in fact, much of what you need to know is in his headline: Link, attribute, […]

Plagiarism lessons and examples

I’m catching up on some of the (many) things that have been written about the recent Jonah Lehrer ethics case, and I’d like to highlight this article for its breakdown and descriptions of some serious transgressions: Jonah Lehrer’s Journalistic Misdeeds at Wired.com I think one thing we must do as journalism educators is to be […]

When plagiarism comes out, stand your ground

The recent case of the president of Hungary does not involve any transgression of journalism ethics. Yet plagiarism is a plague in our high schools and universities — in every country around the world, so far as I can tell. As a journalist and an educator, I consider this an ethical issue for everyone. We […]

Journalists’ use of social media

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) has put out a very simple list of social media guidelines for its journalists and staff to follow: Do not mix the professional and the personal in ways likely to bring the ABC into disrepute. Do not undermine your effectiveness at work. Do not imply ABC endorsement of your personal […]

Moving away from sad and tragic stories

Romenesko highlighted this Washington Post column by Howard Kurtz today. It immediately reminded me of a post I wrote in April: Sad and tragic stories, and photojournalism. Matt Mendelsohn, a photojournalist, has been working for a year on a story about a woman who had both arms and both legs amputated, according to Kurtz. Now, […]

Behind the scenes: Make it even more transparent

I admire the journalists at The Spokesman-Review, in Spokane, Washington. They are doing great work in online video, redesigning their Web site, listening to their young staffers, and practicing transparency. Now their editor, Steven A. Smith, has posted an account of how and why the newspaper fought to have a horrifying video (of the torture […]

Microsoft doesn’t want world peace

Call me optimistic, but I think literacy and education lead to reduced conflict and greater prosperity, and I think access to cheap computer power is the key to education around the world. Paper is too expensive — and too slow. Information is power, and information is available free all over the Internet. It’s slightly off-topic, […]