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Panel: Ethics & Online Journalism

April 8, 2 – 4pm
Anderson Auditorium, Scripps Hall

Online Journalism has left its infancy and has become an indispensable part of the media system, and it is well-paid, too. At the same time, it has sort of changed the rules of the game: Conventional criteria of newsworthiness are getting expanded; the immediacy of the Internet has replaced the concept of strict deadlines with flexible, yet faster update-cycles; and the the technical conditions of the Web (hypertext, interactivity and multimedia) are generating new forms of writing and storytelling.

Moderator: Robert Stewart, Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
Presentations in this panel:

Typology of Online Journalism (Mark Deuze)
The 21st century has been called the ‘Participation Age’ with regards to the various ways people across the globe use and make media. Scholars and industry observers alike signal a shift away from the mass media model (typified by terms as broadcast, top- down, show-and-tell, b2c, downstream, one-way) towards a culturally converged model (coined as bottom-up, collaborative, participatory, p2p and c2b, upstream, interactive, multiple-way). This presentation analyzes the implications of the participation age for (online and offline) journalism.

Reality blast: News judgment in a click-through world (Bob Benz)
Online journalism is fueled by metrics. We know very specifically what readers are clicking on. And what they aren’t. What ethical issues do online journalists face in a medium that emphasizes driving the most possible clicks?

Online Journalism Ethics (Bernhard Debatin)
Online journalism is a new and growing field with a variety of ethical challenges and conflicts. So far, little research has been done on the ethics of online journalism, and general ethical standards and protocols have not yet been established. The ethical challenges and dilemmas of online journalism are unique–or at least more pronounced, intensified, or amplified–than in other media because of the distinctive media logic of the hybrid medium Internet and its conditions of use. Practical strategies and ethical recommendations for online media professionals will be proposed.


Ethics & Blogging

April 7, 2 – 4pm
Anderson Auditorium, Scripps Hall

Blogging is often celebrated as a form of social networking and community building that allows for a grass-roots type of political and journalistic activity. However, while journalism is supposed to be objective and unbiased, the whole point of blogging is to combine facts with pointed opinion and tartly written commentary. Political blogging is at the intersection of news journalism, slanted reporting, media-critique, gossip, chatter, and personal confession. The Ethics & Blogging panel (and the associated workshops) will explore ethical issues specific to this genre.

Moderator: Bernhard Debatin, Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
Presentations in this panel:

Interactivity and Prioritizing the Human: A Code of Blogging Ethic (Martin Kuhn)
A code of ethics for blogging should be based on the rhetorical form of blogging rather than on one particular function of blogs such as journalism. Values like “promoting interactivity” and “prioritizing the human elements of blog discourse” need to be prioritized to the same extent as values like transparency and accountability.

Privacy and Accountability in Blogging (Fernanda Viegas)
Fernanda Viegas will talk about blogging and privacy. Her presentation will be based on the results from a survey she conducted on bloggers’ subjective sense of privacy and perceptions of liability in 2004.

Rhetoric of Political Bloggers (Jan Boyles)
Research has demonstrated mainstream media pundits are mired in partisan rancor and rhetoric, eschewing rational arguments for emotional opinions. Will bloggers follow suit?

Blogging investigative reporting: The Videoblog (Sandeep Junnarker)
Sandeep Junnarkar will speak about harnessing the Web Blogging’s multimedia capabilities to tell the untold stories; and the technical, financial, journalistic and ethical challenges an independent journalist/blogger faces when trying to bypass the traditional media gate keepers.