Tag Archives: Journalism & Media

Ethical Considerations in Online Journalism

April 8, 4:15 – 6:15pm
Scripps 107

Moderator: Bob Benz
This workshop addresses ethical concerns in online media other than blogging (or not exclusive to blogging).

Student papers to be presented and discussed in the workshop are:

It’s About What Your School Can Do for You, Susanne Goericke, University of Kansas
Abstract pending

Sketches of a Sociological Inquiry into Blogging Ethics, Christopher Anderson, Columbia University
Largely 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.

Blogging Practice, Serena Carpenter, Michigan State University
Abstract pending

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Workshop: Practical Considerations in Blogging

April 8, 9-11am
Scripps 107

This workshop addresses practical considerations associated with ethical blogging.

Moderator: Sandeep Junnarker

Branding Credibility: Blogging Ethics from the Consumers’ Perspective, Steve Siff, Ohio University
Abstract pending

Can Blogging be More than Punditry and Emotional Rhetoric? Ethical Blogging Through Authenticity, Karen Mishra, University of North Carolina
Authentic blog communication is a potential way to overcome a lack of trust by harnessing the reliable voice of company experts to build long-term relationships between a firm and its constituents.

The Implications of Blogs for Democracy in the Arab World, Ali Mohamed, McGill University
The blog phenomenon in the Arab world has not yet ripened to the point that its effects can be accurately judged. Until now, Arab blogs have not received much attention from communication researchers or professionals. However, from the evidence that seems to be accumulating, I argue that the positive impact of the Internet and weblogs in the Arab world may be predominantly seen in the way in which they mediate the flow of news and information. I believe that blogs will revolutionize the Arab world, as they continue to turn up the pressure on Arab governments to come to terms with the winds of change that have started to blow through the Arab World.

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All the Religion that's Fit to Print

Columbia School of Journalism
April 24th, 1996

Public lecture by representatives of the Columbia School of Journalism (cosponsored)

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Rhetoric of Political Bloggers

Jan Boyles, West Virginia University

jan_boylesResearch has demonstrated mainstream media pundits are mired in partisan rancor and rhetoric, eschewing rational arguments for emotional opinions. Will bloggers follow suit?

Jan Boyles is an instructor and second-year master’s student at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Her research emphases include blogging and hyperlocal media. She teaches an introductory journalism course for incoming freshmen. In addition to teaching, Boyles serves as an undergraduate academic adviser and coordinates New Student Orientation. Boyles earned her undergraduate in news-editorial from WVU. She was selected by WVU as a Rhodes Scholar candidate and as a member of the WVU Order of Augusta, the highest University-wide academic distinction bestowed annually to eight graduating seniors. She is also a former newspaper reporter for The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.), Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail. Boyles co-wrote “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope,” a student-produced book about five cancer patients that was published in 2005 by the WVU Press.

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Blogging investigative reporting: The Videoblog

Sandeep Junnarkar, Indiana University

sandeepSandeep Junnarkar addresses 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.

SANDEEP JUNNARKAR is a Weil Visiting Professor of Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington. He entered the online journalism world at its infancy in 1994 as part of a team gathered to present The New York Times on America Online, a service called @times. He later became a breaking news editor, writer and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web. He received a Masters in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia in 1994. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He served as a reporter and New York Bureau chief of News.com from 1998 to 2003.

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Interactivity and Prioritizing the Human: A Code of Blogging Ethics

Martin Kuhn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

martin_kuhnA 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.

Martin Kuhn is completing his Ph.D. at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his primary research areas are media law and history. Aside from his exploratory study of blog ethics, he has written about constitutional issues arising from the Can-Spam Act of 2003 and the use of knowledge discovery technologies in federal counterterrorism efforts. He is interested in the relationship between law and ethics regarding new communication technologies.

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Can Blogging be More than Punditry and Emotional Rhetoric?

Ethical Blogging Through Authenticity

Karen Mishra, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Authentic blog communication is a potential way to overcome a lack of trust by harnessing the reliable voice of company experts to build long-term relationships between a firm and its constituents.

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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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Your Personal News Wire: The RSS Reader and Its Implications On News Organizations

Serena Carpenter, Michigan State University

Aggregators and readers may have serious implications on the future of journalism. The advent of the “Daily Me”, as Negroponte coined it, may have serious implications for news organizations.

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Online Journalism Ethics

Bernard Debatin, Ohio University

debatinOnline 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.

Bernhard Debatin is an Associate Professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, where he also serves as the Director of Tutorial Studies in Journalism. He is co-editor or author of six books and several extended research reports in the areas of media ethics, communication research, online journalism, and philosophy. He has published over 50 articles in scholarly books and journals. Debatin teaches online journalism, media ethics, and other conceptually and theoretically oriented courses on mass communication in the School of Journalism.

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