Journalism Ethics in a digital world: In an nutshell

Tweet For the last six years or so I’ve done a guest lecture on a colleague’s Journalism Ethics module around the title ethics in a digital world. All the lectures tend to be around the same theme – if you want to be treated as a journalist, you need to behave like one and that might be …

Digital Journalism: Ethics and ethos

Tweet Twitter through up an interesting link to NYU’s  Journalism Handbook for Students: Ethics, Law and Good Practice. I was particually taken with their Ethics pledge which all students are expected to sign or “The final grade for a student registered in a journalism course will not be submitted to the Registrar”. It begins with: As …

The ethics of direction in video

Tweet Videographers flocked to catch a glimpse of a running story – picture from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentish/67087395/ Tracy Boyer has an interesting post about the ethics of staging and directing contributors when shooting video. She sets out her stall in the intro Allowing videographers to stage scenes, situations and/or actions is NOT journalism. We are here to …

Two fundamentals that define good data journalism

Tweet Defining data journalism is a hostage to fortune but as I start teaching a data journalism module I’ve boiled it down to two things visible methodology and data. I’m teaching a module on Data Journalism to second year undergraduates this year. It’s not the first time we’ve done that at the university. A few years …

My thoughts on #CJ15: What next for community journalism?

Tweet Yesterday I spent a packed but interesting day at Cardiff Uni for the Centre for Community Journalism’s What next for community journalism conference. I was there to offer a quick overview of the Media Mill project I’m researcher on (my presentation is online). It was a fascinating day with lots to mull over and I wanted …

Advice to journalism students for being online.

Tweet Its getting to that point in the academic calendar where I’m writing documentation for the modules I’ll be teaching this year. Looking back over previous years, I’ve noticed how bits of information appear and disappear in the guidance notes I write; notes about certain types of kit have been replaced with general advice about phones; Reading …

Light the flaming torches and stand back: Are you a good leader of your social media mob?

Tweet I’m pulling together my yearly online journalism ethics lecture. It’s the fifth-ish lecture on this module (some previous ones online) and the fast-moving nature of this stuff means I’m really starting from scratch but I always go back to previous ones to see where my thinking was. A prevailing theme for me has been how the ethical standard …

What do journalists use instagram for?

Tweet Tell me, I’ll forgetShow me, I’ll remember Involve me, I’ll understand I’m not one for sharing proverbs or pithy statements; ones  that would look great on a poster with some Kittens or shared in a cursive font on Facebook. But the lines above popped into my head as I was reading about Instagram’s  latest update. Instagram is getting new …