Ethics in a new media world 01


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Ethics in a new media world 01

  1. 1. Ethics in a new media world . Randy Covington Director, WAN-IFRA Newsplex at the University of South Carolina
  2. 2. . St. Peter’s Square Rome, Italy A new Pope is named
  3. 3. . The media world is changing. How should we in traditional media respond?
  4. 4. . Lessons from Boston
  5. 5. . Lessons from Boston Speed vs. accuracy
  6. 6. . Lessons from Boston Graphic reality vs. taste Boston Globe
  7. 7. . Lessons from Boston Graphic reality vs. taste
  8. 8. . Lessons from Boston Graphic reality vs. taste Is it okay to Photoshop?
  9. 9. . Lessons from Boston Authorities release photos; the web goes to work
  10. 10. . Lessons from Boston Innocent people are identified as suspects
  11. 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. 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. 13. . Lessons from Boston New York Post criticized
  14. 14. . Lessons from Boston Shootout seen online
  15. 15. . Lessons from Boston Search for explanations
  16. 16. . We know what we do best. But how do we compete in areas where we do less well. Example: online comments.
  17. 17. . New Yorker cartoon
  18. 18. .
  19. 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. 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. 21. . Should comments be annonymous?
  22. 22. . Shouldn’t comments be moderated? Huffington Post moderates
  23. 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?