Youth.SG Campus Spy Session 1: Blogger Ethics


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Youth.SG Campus Spy Session 1: Blogger Ethics

  1. 1. Blogger Ethics Darryl Kang (
  2. 2. <ul><li>Darryl Kang </li></ul><ul><ul><li>aka DK </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http: //blog . dk .sg </li></ul><ul><li>@DK </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why ethics of blogging?
  4. 4. Journalists have a set of ethics
  5. 5. We share the new media space
  6. 6. Be accountable for everything I got ‘B’ for accounting
  7. 7. <ul><li>Do not lie or create a false story </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to produce proof and defend your blog entry when questioned </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sex and controvesial topic sells But let’s not go down this route
  9. 9. <ul><li>You don’t want to be known as the most knowledgeable person in porn or gossip </li></ul><ul><li>What you write now is searchable by your future employer </li></ul><ul><li>Let them see the better side of you </li></ul>
  10. 10. Check the facts before blogging No shit Sherlock
  11. 11. <ul><li>Built a reputation of being an accurate blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever someone sees something on your blog, they can be sure it is the truth </li></ul>
  12. 12. Do not be afraid to apologise It’s never too late
  13. 13. <ul><li>We all make mistakes. Do not be afraid to say sorry </li></ul><ul><li>Do not cover up your mistake. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People will remember </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google cache is their witness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Update the blog entry with your correction </li></ul>
  14. 14. Do not break any laws
  15. 15. <ul><li>Being the Ultimate Campus Spy doesn’t mean you are James Bond </li></ul><ul><li>Being a blogger does not give you rights to do anything you want </li></ul><ul><li>Trespassing, Hacking, Stealing documents for blogging material is STRICTLY NO </li></ul>
  16. 16. Allow freedom of expression
  17. 17. <ul><li>Allow discussion on your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Do not delete comments or ban anyone from commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Know when to agree to disagree </li></ul>
  18. 18. Do not Astroturf
  19. 20. <ul><li>Do not create fake accounts to comment on your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Do not create fake supporters or fan base </li></ul>
  20. 21. Always have full disclosure I, NRIC, Rank & Name, Declare that….
  21. 22. <ul><li>Let readers know if you are related to the person </li></ul><ul><li>Let readers know if you have special interest in the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Never be bias </li></ul>
  22. 23. Know where to draw the line And I don’t mean gambling
  23. 24. <ul><li>Some things are better not blogged </li></ul><ul><li>Do not blog about things that are unethical or will cause harm </li></ul>
  24. 25. Be the Straits Times of New Media Don’t be a tabloid
  25. 26. <ul><li>Every news organization has only its credibility and reputation to rely on. </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Burman, ex-editor-in-chief of CBC News </li></ul>