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Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
“Best Practices” in the Journalism
Ethics Frame: A Comparative Study
Dr Lawrie Zion
La Trobe University, Melbourne,
Australia
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Email from student
“I have started a blog and while i was
researching some information for some of
my posts i came across a youtube video
on a site. It wasnt from the actual youtube
site but it was a youtube video. i posted
the video onto my blog. Is this alright?”
(sic)
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
CJR magazines online report
• Question: Is it true, as one respondent confidently
asserted, ‘If it’s fact-checked, it’s not a blog,’ and is this
an existential or a definitional question? The issue is an
important one because so many in the blogosphere
insist that blogs have (and are entitled to) their own rules
of the road.
• Subject for discussion: Why have earlier attempts at
standardizing the world of blogs and social media
notoriously failed? Is it, at long last, possible to identify
best practices for using the tools and techniques of
digital journalism?” (Navasky & Lerner, 2010, p. 42)
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Australian background
• Australia “similar but different”
• “no specific application to online platforms other
than those operated by media organisations that
one way or another are party to one of the
existing codes” (Mueller)
• debate provoked by government media inquiry
that found that self-regulation not working
• controversial recommendation for a new
government-funded statutory authority
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Key questions
• What are the limitations of traditional
codes and standards for new media
formats?
• How should ethics be understood in an
environment where increasing numbers of
content producers are not journalists?
• Who should be involved in developing
ethical norms?
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Case studies
• Unpublishing (CAJ)
• Digital accuracy and correction (CAJ)
• Public broadcasting (CSM)
• Fair Use (CSM)
• Reporting Diversity (Australia)
• Reporting Suicide (Australian Press
Council)
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Common features of case studies
• Identify emerging situations
• Share findings
• Foster collaboration
• Suggest rather than prescribe
• Consultative
• Enhance media literacy
• Regenerative
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Open ethics
• Cases studies consistent with “open ethics” as
outlined by Ward and Wasserman
• “The evaluation of an open ethics is based not
only on who participates but also on the quality
and meaningfulness of that participation, not the
content of the ethics in question.
• They refer to how principles are discussed and
who controls that discussion. “The distinction
between ‘closed’ and ‘open’ marks a difference
in the ways of doing ethics” (pp. 276-277).
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Journalistic mission in peril
“Until journalists establish their own best
practices in fair use, journalists and their
institutions and gatekeepers will continue to be
haunted by fear, letting unfounded risk-
management calculations substitute for a clear
understanding of what is normal and appropriate
in employment of fair use. As new opportunities
develop with the evolution of digital culture, the
very mission of journalism is at stake.” (
Aufderheide and Jaszi, 2012)
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Utility of “best practices” frame
• Connotations of the term
• A matter of professional self-interest to
journalists – not simply a moral
requirement
• Potential to help facilitate “ethics plus”
rather than “ethics lite” – especially if
embedded in a range of practices that
apply ethical principles
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012
Where does it get us?
• a more global and open approach to doing
ethics
• potential for collaborative transnational research
that involves the academy and industry
• could help step around and even resolve some
of the debates recently seen in Australia
• journalism education - intersecting with the way
students use media
Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012

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Best Practices in Journalism Ethics Frame

  • 1. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 “Best Practices” in the Journalism Ethics Frame: A Comparative Study Dr Lawrie Zion La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Email from student “I have started a blog and while i was researching some information for some of my posts i came across a youtube video on a site. It wasnt from the actual youtube site but it was a youtube video. i posted the video onto my blog. Is this alright?” (sic)
  • 3. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 CJR magazines online report • Question: Is it true, as one respondent confidently asserted, ‘If it’s fact-checked, it’s not a blog,’ and is this an existential or a definitional question? The issue is an important one because so many in the blogosphere insist that blogs have (and are entitled to) their own rules of the road. • Subject for discussion: Why have earlier attempts at standardizing the world of blogs and social media notoriously failed? Is it, at long last, possible to identify best practices for using the tools and techniques of digital journalism?” (Navasky & Lerner, 2010, p. 42)
  • 4. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Australian background • Australia “similar but different” • “no specific application to online platforms other than those operated by media organisations that one way or another are party to one of the existing codes” (Mueller) • debate provoked by government media inquiry that found that self-regulation not working • controversial recommendation for a new government-funded statutory authority
  • 5. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Key questions • What are the limitations of traditional codes and standards for new media formats? • How should ethics be understood in an environment where increasing numbers of content producers are not journalists? • Who should be involved in developing ethical norms?
  • 7. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Case studies • Unpublishing (CAJ) • Digital accuracy and correction (CAJ) • Public broadcasting (CSM) • Fair Use (CSM) • Reporting Diversity (Australia) • Reporting Suicide (Australian Press Council)
  • 9. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Common features of case studies • Identify emerging situations • Share findings • Foster collaboration • Suggest rather than prescribe • Consultative • Enhance media literacy • Regenerative
  • 10. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Open ethics • Cases studies consistent with “open ethics” as outlined by Ward and Wasserman • “The evaluation of an open ethics is based not only on who participates but also on the quality and meaningfulness of that participation, not the content of the ethics in question. • They refer to how principles are discussed and who controls that discussion. “The distinction between ‘closed’ and ‘open’ marks a difference in the ways of doing ethics” (pp. 276-277).
  • 11. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Journalistic mission in peril “Until journalists establish their own best practices in fair use, journalists and their institutions and gatekeepers will continue to be haunted by fear, letting unfounded risk- management calculations substitute for a clear understanding of what is normal and appropriate in employment of fair use. As new opportunities develop with the evolution of digital culture, the very mission of journalism is at stake.” ( Aufderheide and Jaszi, 2012)
  • 12. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Utility of “best practices” frame • Connotations of the term • A matter of professional self-interest to journalists – not simply a moral requirement • Potential to help facilitate “ethics plus” rather than “ethics lite” – especially if embedded in a range of practices that apply ethical principles
  • 13. Lawrie Zion ISOJ 2012 Where does it get us? • a more global and open approach to doing ethics • potential for collaborative transnational research that involves the academy and industry • could help step around and even resolve some of the debates recently seen in Australia • journalism education - intersecting with the way students use media