Along with changing the variety and amount of content and the ways it is delivered, the New Media is also renewing concerns about how content is produced. Pro Publica’s editor-in-chief, Paul Steiger expressed some of his in a lecture at the University of Georgia. Mike Webb summed them up for Pro Publica: “Steiger pointed to four distinct issues that journalists need to examine: the blurred line between presentation of fact and opinion; the quest for building a larger audience versus the need for journalism of substance and civic importance; the new business challenges facing the industry; and the need for greater transparency from news organizations .
Jeremy Gilbert and Jan Leach covered a Next Ethics Workshop hosted recently by Kent State University and The Poynter Institute. Among the workshop “take-aways” the pair reported in their “Everyday Ethics” piece for Poynter Online: “…the task of seeking truth from so many different viewpoints is more difficult than ever. The line between facts and opinions is also blurring. When presenting large data sets, a combination of transparency and editorial judgment is critical. Online comments on news stories can expand, narrow or expose the community. Transparency becomes even less apparent as the relationship between PR folks and the media changes. In today’s fast-paced online news environment, PR and journalism depend on each other more than ever, but with that dependence comes a need for transparency about who generates stories and how they are published.”
Closer to home, the Auto Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) wants its members to be perceived as “credible and trustworthy.” Towards that end, it is soliciting AJAC members’ comments on a new draft of ethical guidelines for the organization. Click here to read them.