Scholars Ponder Media Transparency

Scholars ponder media transparency: They often do not explain what it means in practice, write Michael Palanski and Andrea Hickerson.

“Media organizations may believe they are acting transparently, but incomplete attempts at transparency may damage credibility and thus do more harm than good,” they write.

 

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Struggling With Ethical Dilemmas and Difficult Choices

Struggling with ethical dilemmas and difficult choices: Resist the temptation to classify every ethical issue as a dilemma, writes Nancy Matchett in an article appearing in the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

“When facing a genuine dilemma you are forced, by the circumstances, to do something unethical,” she writes.

Canada Ponders Ethics of Funding Media

Canada ponders ethics of funding media: Canada’s government proposes to give $595 million to struggling news media, write Heather Rollwagen and Ivor Shapiro.

If Canadian news organizations take government money, do journalists become government servants? they ask, but conclude some financial security will help journalists “remain independent monitors of power.”

 

Correcting Errors In The Digital Age

Correcting errors in the digital age: “One essential element of transparency is doing corrections right,” writes Dan Gillmor.

In the digital age, “we can fix the error right in the news article (or video or audio) and append an explanation, thereby limiting the damage, because people new to the article will get the correct information,” he writes.

 

Media Restraint Praised

Media restraint praised: Almost every major news organization decided not to publish video of the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, write Erik Ortiz, Farnoush Amiri and Claire Atkinson.

“Media and journalism ethics experts who follow mass shooting and terrorist attack coverage told NBC News that it had been encouraging to see outlets recognize when they have crossed a line,” they write.

 

Robot Journalism Ethical Checklist

Robot journalism ethical checklist: As more media organizations deploy artificial intelligence, writes Tom Kent, “we need to keep a focus on the ethics and quality of robot news writing.”

Kent’s checklist touches on the accuracy of underlying data, automation producing thousands of erroneous stories and pitfalls, like defending a robot-written story.

 

Engaging With Readers

Engaging with readers: Mark Jacob explores forgotten ways to build relationships with readers and putting the users first.

“For local media companies, it’s about re-learning something that they used to do before they changed their model when they went to digital,” like serving their community and building relationships with readers and businesses in their community, says an online news consultant.

 

The Emergence of Transparency

The emergence of transparency: Transparency became a new guiding principle in media ethics, touching off a debate over whether it should replace acting independently.

From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

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Town Loses Its Heartbeat, Its Newspaper

Town loses its heartbeat, its newspaper: One man tries to fill the void from the loss of the Daily Guide by posting on Facebook, write David Bauder and David A. Lieb.

The loss reflects the impact repeated in more than 1,400- other cities and towns across the U.S. to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years.