As press councils cease operations and news organizations back out, what role do they play in the future of journalism? Lisa Taylor -- a Ryerson journalism instructor, Master of Laws graduate and CBC alumna -- is examining the institutions with Ivor Shapiro for a study requested by Newspapers Canada. She explains to J-Source in more detail what the study will look at.
Will a new libel defence bring business to self-styled experts in media practice? As Rhiannon Russell reports, that’s been the case in Quebec, and the rest of Canada may follow suit.
It's become a familiar, yet unresolved, question: what, if anything, distinguishes an act of journalism from other stuff? Ivor Shapiro has a thought on that, with a little help from the Bard of Avon.
Where will trust come from in the future of public media? News organizations are beginning to create new, integrated ethical guidelines as they move into the digital age. It is in this age that we need an understanding of public journalism that goes beyond traditional forms, such as radio and television. Stephen Ward takes a look at this issue, and tells us why it is important that public media has the trust of the people it serves.
When two reporters got themselves fired for joining Occupy protests, some critics said their NPR bosses should get with the program: impartiality in journalism was dead, replaced by full transparency about biases and involvements. Ira Basen, returning to a theme he explored earlier this year, thinks it’s more complicated than that.
The publishers of community newspapers are often accused of giving in to advertisers' pressure on editorial content. According to Micah Luxen, the Kelowna Daily Courier and its Westside Weekly supplement are cases in point. After quitting her job as the Weekly's editor last summer, Luxen sent J-Source her account of interactions with ad representatives and with her boss, Courier managing editor Jon Manchester. She also provided secretly made sound recordings of conversations with Manchester, and copies of the emails. We invited Manchester to write a rebuttal, and he agreed without hesitation. We also fact-checked the two columns and what you see here represents our best understanding of those facts that are not in dispute, and the two journalists' perspectives on those that are.
A new report from the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists attacks the digital corrections puzzle, providing best practices for correcting inaccurate information published online. Surely, for Craig Silverman, one of the report’s authors, the corrections landscape badly needed a new map.
In recognition of the obligations of journalists to pursue accuracy and to be accountable for their work, the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Principles for Ethical Journalism states: “When we make a mistake, we correct it promptly and ungrudgingly, and in a manner that matches the seriousness of the error.” This is not a new idea, but digital publishing raises new challenges for defining best practices in corrections. Accordingly, the Ethics Advisory Committee of the CAJ asked this panel to propose best practices in digital accuracy and corrections as a follow-up to this same committee’s 2010 work on unpublishing digital content. That earlier report asserted three key principles about unpublishing from which this work on digital accuracy and corrections builds.
The Associated Press has updated their tweeting guidelines once again. This time the revamp focuses on retweets.
Another journalist who joined the protests at Occupy Wall Street has been fired.
edited by ROMAYNE SMITH FULLERTON
Contrary to the old saw, journalism ethics has never been an oxymoron. Most journalists care deeply about their responsibilities toward audiences, sources, subjects and peers. When juggling those loyalties gets hard, the conversation gets going on J-Source's ethics page, which doubles as the Web space of the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists. Romayne Smith Fullerton
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