Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ethical Issues with Journalists Using Twitter

  • Transparency—To ensure objectivity, there is certain information journalists can’t reveal about themselves, whether it be political affiliations or stances on controversial issues. However, being on social media sites doesn’t mean journalists can’t reveal anything about themselves. By sharing their personalities, readers can connect with journalists, creating a deeper trust. Journalists need to be aware of what information they can’t share based on newsroom ethics policies.

  • Credibility—How can we tell if people are who they say they are online? I could create a Myspace profile saying I was a 30-year-old guy and no one would know it wasn’t true. Using social media to find sources may lead to questions of credibility, but using the Internet is just the first step. Journalists are smart enough to check the credibility of their sources. Through the interviewing process, the reporter can ensure the source’s credibility.

  • Accuracy—The speed of the Internet may lead to accuracy issues, especially when posting breaking news. There may be times when a reporter doesn’t have time to check the accuracy of updates. However, they aren’t going to post something if it isn’t coming from a credible source. Because of the quick response the Internet provides, if inaccurate information is posted, journalists can quickly correct it.

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