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Ethical Considerations in Blogging

Kim Smith & Bryan Murley, University of South Carolina

bryan_murleyA census of 100 authors of the most visited current-events blogs provided a snapshot of bloggers’ opinions about their role in a democracy, journalism and ethics during the tumultuous 2004 presidential election. Among the findings: forty-nine bloggers (90.7 percent) said they played an important role in political change; 51 bloggers (92.6 percent) said it was important that they fact-checked the traditional news media.

Bryan Murley is student publications adviser/instructor at North Greenville University and webmaster for College Media Advisers, Inc., where he maintains the main web site (www.collegemedia.org) and a weblog about the changes facing college media (reinventing.collegemedia.org). He is also a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. His research interests are new media, weblogs, religion, and campus media.

Kim Smith is a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include new media technology and health communications. He is a former Web editor for a nonprofit health care improvement agency and a freelance reporter for National Public Radio.

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Sketches of a Sociological Inquiry into Blogging Ethics

Chris Anderson, Columbia University

chris_andersonLargely lost amidst the debate about whether bloggers need an ethics code and, if so, what it should be, is the more sociological question of why “ethics codes” and occupational norms emerge in the first place. It is in helping to articulate and analyze this question, Anderson argues, that scholars can productively contribute towards our understanding this rapidly growing world of online media.

Chris Anderson is a PhD student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His research focuses on the various forms of grassroots journalism and the changes within the journalistic profession being wrought by theese new media forms. Currently, he is developing a theoretical framework for analyzing challenges to the epistemological claims of professional journalists. Anderson serves as a senior editor for the New York City Independent Media Center website (http://nyc.indymedia.org), one of the earliest examples of a grassroots journalism project in the United States. He also serves on the editorial board of the Indypendent, a biweekly progressive newspaper in New York City

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