Ethics in New MediaCF301 Communication Ethics and Rights.Fall, 2012.Lecturer : Dr. Ayten Görgün Smith Teaching assitant: Sabina Jafarova Kadir Has University Grad. Stud. Kadir Has University Faculty of Communications Faculty of Communications Department of Public Department of New Media Relations and Information
What is New Media?• New media refers to on-demand access to content any time, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. (Wikipedia)• New media provides time, space independence. It is digital, mobile.
What is digital media ethics? Digital media ethics deals with the distinct ethical problems, practices and norms of digital news media. Digital news media includes online journalism, blogging, digital photojournalism, citizen journalism and social media.Source: http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/resources/digital- media-ethics/
Why media ethics should be challenged?!We‟re living in the world of amateur and professional journalists Source of photo: http://blog.metaprinter.com
New approach to Media ethics• This new mixed news media requires a new mixed media ethics – guidelines that apply to amateur and professional whether they blog, Tweet, broadcast or write for newspapers. Media ethics needs to be rethought and reinvented for the media of today, not of yesteryear. Source: http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/resources/digital-media-ethics/
The challenge is greater than specific problems,such as how newsrooms can verify content fromcitizens. Photo courtesy: http://theturnforthebetter.blogspot.comSource: http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/resources/digital-media-ethics/
The media revolution has createdethical tensions on two levels: The culture of traditional journalism, with its values of accuracy, pre-publication verification, balance, impartiality, and gate-keeping, rubs up against the culture of online journalism which emphasizes immediacy, transparency, partiality, non-professional journalists and post-publication correction. If journalism has global impact, what are its global responsibilities? Should media ethics reformulate its aims and norms so as to guide a journalism that is now global in reach and impact? What would that look like?Source: http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/resources/digital-media- ethics/
Digital media ethics• Reporter using social media should be attentive.Question:• Can a reporter has an individual blog to express his or her opinion?
What would an integrated ethics looklike?Ethical guidelines:• Authenticating sources of information, especially when they are provided by an anonymous source• Assuring the reliability of information on linked sites• Dealing with conflicts of interest• Concerns involving lack of oversight or accountability.Source: http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reports/article/101899/Creating-Ethical-Bridges- From-Journalism-to--Digital-News.aspx
Readings:• Patrick Lee Plaisance Media Ethics; Key Principles for Responsible Practice, „Media ethics in Cyberspace‟, London: SAGE publication, 2009 pp. 241-242.• Ess, Charles. Digital Media Ethics. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009.• Friend, Cecilia and Jane Singer. Online Journalism Ethics: Traditions and Transitions. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 2007.• Ward, Stephen J. A. “Ethics for the New Mainstream.” In The New Journalist: Roles, Skills, and Critical Thinking,eds. Paul Benedetti, Tim Currie and Kim Kierans, pp. 313-326. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2010.• Ward, Stephen J. A. “Ethics for the New Investigative Newsroom.”