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.