Category Archives: Online News

Reporting Data With Integrity

Reporting data with integrity: Journalists trust data to support conclusions, but they can make wrong guesses about what the data meant, writes Stephen Rynkiewicz.

Ask if data are accurate, timely and relevant, he writes.

From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

Google Wins Global Privacy Case

Google wins global privacy case: In a French court, Google agreed to delete search results for a person in Europe only, but not in the rest of the world.

A European court agrees, setting a standard that one country’s internet rules cannot be imposed on other countries.

 

Ethics of Purging From News Archives

Ethics of purging from news archives: A California editor says people want old stories about them removed from web archives.

Ethicist David Ozar says the first issue is what benefit archives offer a community as an historical record. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

 

 

Ethics Puzzler; You Decide

Ethics puzzler; you decide: Three California universities paid the Orange County Register $275.000 for a year’s worth of weekly sections featuring campus life. A smart way to raise revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics? From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

https://ethicsadvicelineforjournalists.org/2013/09/18/smart-way-to-rai…or-ethics-breach/

Sharing Content Without Thinking

Sharing content without thinking: “A complex web of societal shifts is making people more susceptible to misinformation and conspiracy,” writes Claire Wardle.

“Most of this content is designed not to persuade people in any particular direction but to cause confusion, to overwhelm and to undermine trust in democratic institutions from the electoral system to journalism. Users become “unwitting agents of disinformation.”

 

Reporting On Special Needs People

Reporting on special needs people: A complaint about a headline referring to a “wheelchair-bound man” caused a Canadian newspaper to caution its staff when reporting on people with disabilities, reported iMediaEthics.

The term is “antiquated and ableist” ruled Canada’s National News Media Council. Say “person who uses a wheelchair.”