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  • 1. Ethics in a new media world . Randy Covington Director, WAN-IFRA Newsplex at the University of South Carolina
  • 2. . St. Peter’s Square Rome, Italy A new Pope is named
  • 3. . The media world is changing. How should we in traditional media respond?
  • 4. . Lessons from Boston
  • 5. . Lessons from Boston Speed vs. accuracy
  • 6. . Lessons from Boston Graphic reality vs. taste Boston Globe
  • 7. . Lessons from Boston Graphic reality vs. taste
  • 8. . Lessons from Boston Graphic reality vs. taste Is it okay to Photoshop?
  • 9. . Lessons from Boston Authorities release photos; the web goes to work
  • 10. . Lessons from Boston Innocent people are identified as suspects
  • 11. . Lessons from Boston Reddit apologizes The reddit staff and the millions of people on reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened. We have apologized privately to the family of missing college student Sunil Tripathi, as have various users and moderators. We want to take this opportunity to apologize public for the pain they have had to endure.
  • 12. . Lessons from Boston “In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor. And that is the danger we face today.” Scott Pelley Anchor, CBS TV
  • 13. . Lessons from Boston New York Post criticized
  • 14. . Lessons from Boston Shootout seen online
  • 15. . Lessons from Boston Search for explanations
  • 16. . We know what we do best. But how do we compete in areas where we do less well. Example: online comments.
  • 17. . New Yorker cartoon
  • 18. .
  • 19. . Shouldn’t comments be moderated? “Besides forming online communities in which people share ideas, news and gossip and debate issues of the day, blogs empower character assassins and mischief makers.” USA Today
  • 20. . Shouldn’t comments be moderated? rcubedkc wrote:We have a worthless, drunken coward in the White House and a majority of Senators who are traitors. They will go down in history as the sellouts who destroyed the United States. God damned each and every one of them. I hope they all die a slow, horrible and painful death. 6/26/2007 6:14:32 PM
  • 21. . Should comments be annonymous?
  • 22. . Shouldn’t comments be moderated? Huffington Post moderates
  • 23. . Questions for journalists • Shouldn’t we have the same standards for letters & comments? • Don’t people deserve to know who is attacking them? • Should social media set the rules? • Is it better to be first or right? • Aren’t we risking action by someone else if we don’t take responsibility?