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NewsU: Traditional and online ethics in journalism

  1. Module 1 — Which of the six case studies resonated the most with you and why? Which has the most relevance to this course and why? Actually, two of the six case studies resonated very much with me. The first was the “Streets of Despair” case study. While obviously not nearly as daunting a task for the journalists involved, it reminded me of some of the decisions that were made involving a featured article during my time as Lifestyles Editor at The Daily. Titled “In Limbo,” two of my best reporters went out and told the story of two dancers at the recently-shut down gentlemen’s club, Jiggles. A lot of decisions had to be made, and after some meetings, we decided to use just the first names of the two dancers. Other decisions involved some of the content of the article as well. Moreover, the “Abortion Trucks” case study resonated with me as well, mostly because I can’t stand those people that come to Red Square every year with their aborted fetus’ photos. But I’d say that the first two case studies have the most relevance to this course because they deal the most with accuracy and fairness.
  2. Module 2 — What can you do to incorporate the 10 questions into your work this quarter? Where might your “gut” steer your wrong? To incorporate these 10 questions into our work this quarter, I think all of us can turn to these during our projects. And to include others in the decision-making process, we can always turn to each other. I know my gut can steer me wrong when it comes to my emotions. Whenever I’ve written a news story or something that needs to be as fair as possible, I try to sleep on it to see if I can tell if my feelings have impacted the story in any way.
  3. Module 3 — How might digital transparency impact these principals? What are some examples (other than these three) of online ethical issues? Digital transparency can impact these principals because much of the time, the journalist or reader is behind a computer screen. If the person is blogging or not working for a refutable organization, they may not be held as accountable as they might be otherwise. Some other online ethical issues I can think of include email sources (when it’s appropriate to use email for quotes, for example) and possibly something like posting edited audio of an interview.
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  1. April 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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