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Ethics Articles

Journalism Ethics

A Failure of Research Ethics
Retraction of gay marriage canvasser study raises questions about the pressure to publish
Elliot Zanger
Digital Journalism Ethics: Juggling Live Video and Trust
Stringwire allows news organizations to gauge the trustworthiness of video sources
Phil Groman
Digital Journalism Ethics: Citations and Links
How academic publishing uses peer review, citations, and a robust retraction and correction system to inspire trust
Mirella Bucci
Digital Journalism Ethics: What Social Verification Teaches About Trust
Storyful vets the most compelling content on platforms like YouTube and Twitter for use by news organizations
Mark Little
Digital Journalism Ethics: Truth-telling, Engagement, and Impact
The work of the Center for Investigative reporting provides a model for the social responsibilities of journalists
Robert Rosenthal
Digital Journalism Ethics: Don't Be a Pusher
How journalists can engage readers by playing the role of convener
Martin Reynolds
Digital Journalism: Getting the Facts Straight
A discussion of Mother Jones magazine's database for tracking mass shootings
Steve Katz
Digital Journalism Ethics: Mind the Gap
When the expectations of readers are violated, trust can be lost.
Patrick Plaisance
Digital Journalism Ethics: How a Non-news Site Cultivates Trust
Getting the facts right and spelling out sources are key to establishing trust in online media
Maria McFarland
Digital Journalism Ethics: Experiments in Values and Trustworthiness
For a media organization, trust is a relationship with the community.
John Temple
Data Journalism Ethics
Proceedings from a panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2014 conference
Should Journalists Advocate Critical Thinking and News Literacy?
Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation argues that new media do a better job than old of protecting journalistic values such as accuracy, objectivity, and depth
Sue Gardner
Unavoidable Ethical Dilemmas for Digital Journalists
Challenges for online media in the areas of newsgathering, accountability, transparency, metrics, and inclusion
Sally Lehrman
Digital Journalism Ethics
Materials on the role of media in the public square, media literacy, diversity, accuracy, and other topics in digital journalism
Digital Journalism Ethics: Building Trustworthiness and Authenticity Into Design
The importance of design in signaling that a news item is trustworthy
Warren Schultheis
Digital Journalism Ethics Resources for Newsrooms and Classrooms
Videos, articles, and questions about online journalism ethics for use by teachers and trainers
Ethics Tips for Data Journalists
Suggestions for integrity-checking data journalism
Who Can Deliver the Journalism We Need in the Digital Public Square?
A historical review of media independence and the impact of digital technology on journalism
Todd Gitlin
The Future of Digital Journalism in the Public Square
The head of Google News looks at how the openness of new media present opportunities for a better informed public
Richard Gingras
Cultivating Diversity Across Race, Class, Gender, Generation, and Geography
Media diversity must include race, class, gender, generation, and geography.
Martin Reynolds
Curating and Promoting News Important to Civil Society
The director of Editorial Operations at Yahoo! explores what readers want to know and what they need to know
Anthony Moor
Can Technical Solutions Protect Free and Informed Debate in the Public Square?
The chief knowledge officer of the MIT Media Lab demonstrates projects addressing media literacy, crowd-sourced and database journalism.
Henry Holzman
The Disconnect: Accountability and Consequences Online
A discussion of the breakdown among responsibility, accountability, and consequences in the online world, as demonstrated by some digital media coverage.
Stephen Luczo
The Need for Accuracy Online
There's a gap between what Internet users expect to receive (i.e. factual and accurate information) and what they too often get instead. Is it the user's responsibility to judge which sources to access on the Web? Do the publishers have a duty to strive to be accurate?
Present and Future of Social Networking
A panel exploring the ethical and social implications of social networking technology.
John Squires, Kaitlin Thompson, Shannon Vallor, Ma
Why News Media Must Embrace Online Rules
Online news outlets face ethical challenges when they invite public commentary
Edward Wasserman