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Newsroom Policies Re: Social Media


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Social media policies in American newsrooms. Is it common sense or censorship at its finest?

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Newsroom Policies Re: Social Media

  1. 1. Social Media Policy in Newsrooms Common Sense or Censorship At Its Finest?
  2. 2. The Case for Common Sense : <ul><li>“ As multitudes of people have learned all too well, virtually nothing is truly private on the Internet.” -- AP Social Networking Policy </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t write or post anything that would embarrass the L.A. Times or compromise your ability to do your job. Assume that everything you write or receive on a social media site is public and knowable to everyone with access to a computer.” --L.A. Times Social Media Policy </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Case for Censorship at its Finest <ul><li>“ Assume that your professional life and your personal life merge online regardless of your care in separating them.” --L.A. Times Social Media Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Just remember that we are always under scrutiny by magnifying glass and that the possibilities of digital distortion are virtually unlimited, so always ask yourself, could this be deliberately misconstrued or misunderstood by somebody who wants to make me look bad? -- The New York Times Social Media Policy </li></ul>
  4. 4. As journalists, many of us are already overworked and underpaid… and now you’re telling me I can’t Tweet during my down time?
  5. 5. A look into WaPo ’s Policy <ul><li>“ When using social networking tools for reporting or for our personal lives, we must remember that Washington Post journalists are always Washington Post journalists .” -- Washington Post Social Policy Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>“ All Washington Post journalists relinquish some of the personal privileges of private citizens. Post journalists must recognize that any content associated with them in an online social network is, for practical purposes, the equivalent of what appears beneath their bylines in the newspaper or on our website.” -- Washington Post Social Policy Guidelines </li></ul>
  6. 6. More nicely put by the AP <ul><li>We all have a stake in upholding the AP reputation for fairness and impartiality, which has been one of our chief assets for more than 160 years. These guidelines do not break new ground, they are consistent with the rest of our Statement of News Values and Principles. They just take into account the new realities of the social- networking world and answer questions that many AP employees have asked. </li></ul>
  7. 7. So basically, you have 2 options: (1) Abide by the policies or (2) Quit and blog full time. Hey, your rules, your way… probably lesser pay, though
  8. 8. Works Cited <ul><li>AP Social Networking Policy </li></ul><ul><li>“ How social media is radically changing the newsroom” by Leah Betancourt. Mashable . </li></ul><ul><li>“ New York Times’ Policy on Facebook and other social networking sites.” PoynterOnline. Jan. 19, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>“ WaPo’s Social Media Guidelines Paint Staff Into Virtual Corner; Full Text of Guidelines.” by Staci D. Kramer. Sept. 27, 2009. </li></ul>