An ‘open invitation’ to a new
Journalists on social Media, messaging and online
Discovery Trust Ethics
Those who inhabit
these networks are
looking for stories to
find them in their
The biggest impediment
for journalists in this space
is establishing trust
The ethical challenges
for journalists seeking
to participate openly
or undercover in these
groups & communities
are very real
How easy and appropriate is it for journalists to join groups and
communities intent on peer-to-peer online discussion?
What issues and barriers are there in journalists building
meaningful connections in these online spaces?
How much of what can be observed in these forums would a
journalist wish to use or relay to colleagues for publication or
2018 Reuters Digital News Report
201 News Report
Be clear about why you’re there?
Do you need to be undercover,
on a VPN?
Diversity of newsroom is essential
for access & building trust
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