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11 Jan

New wiki proposes elements of “responsible” journalism

What is “responsible” journalism? Celebrating the first anniversary of an epochal Canadian libel judgment that will see this question litigated for years to come, a group of graduate students has launched a wiki to help journalists themselves define their profession’s best practices. Ryerson professors Brian MacLeod Rogers and Ivor Shapiro explain. A year ago, the […]

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23 Aug

Guidelines for re-posting stories

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23 Aug

NYU guide to good journalism practices

The New York University handbook for journalism ethics, law and good practices is chockful of useful information and guidelines for journalists. This guide is unique. It is more than the traditional list of dos and don’ts that so many j-schools provide their students about acceptable journalistic practice. Instead, this one is posted online in a […]

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23 Aug

Photojournalism ethics

By Carolynne Burkholder Pictures are worth 1,000 words – in the newspaper business that equals about 25 inches of print. Images are one of the most powerful forms of communication, especially in journalism. One image or sound can summarize an event or person or motivate a nation; one image can upset people more than endless […]

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23 Aug

The ethics of feature writing

In his book, The Bigger Picture, Ivor Shapiro includes a chapter about the ethics of feature writing. In Chapter 10 of The Bigger Picture, Ivor Shapiro writes of “the seductive similarity” between feature writing and fiction writing: “Both are rooted in careful observation, research, sympathy for the human condition, and careful thinking. Both are characterized […]

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23 Aug

Codes of ethics

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8 Apr

Journalism ethics site launched

Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen, a website project headed by Stephen J.A. Ward has launched. Ward, former director of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, ran an ethics website through UBC, but when he moved to a new job at School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University […]

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12 May

Photojournalism ethics

By Carolynne Burkholder Pictures are worth 1,000 words – in the newspaper business that equals about 25 inches of print. Images are one of the most powerful forms of communication, especially in journalism. One image or sound can summarize an event or person or motivate a nation; one image can upset people more than endless […]

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31 Oct

Teaching online journalism ethics

Journalists using social networking sites, photo sharing sites and other new media technologies to gather information face new ethical challenges. Journalists are being forced to re-evaluate such questions as “What is in the public domain?” and “Is it okay to publish information obtained by ‘lurking?'” This Online Journalism Blog post describes some of those challenges and reviews […]

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11 Oct

Who speaks for a website?

Online communities often operate as a news medium, rather than a traditionally staffed news publication. Other news reports about these sites, to be fully accurate, should reflect that fact by citing the individual author of information found on the site, rather than just the site itself. Online Journalism Review editor Robert Niles proposes a three-point […]

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