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Journalist Gina Chen on Ethics in a Social Networking World

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Here is an absolutely fantastic post by Gina Chen writing on Savethemedia.com about ethics in the social networking world.

It should be read and understood by everyone in the profession.

I think ethics are ethics. You can’t have one set of rules for online and another for print. But I do think the medium impacts how we live out these philosophies, and I’ll get to that more later. When it comes to social media, one of the key questions becomes: If a journalist offers an opinion on Twitter, is that unethical? Does that violate some type of rule? Think about that …

I hear so many times writers and editors justifying to themselves “well, it’s just a blog (post, tweet … whatever).” But ethics are a true test to who we are, and they cross platforms.

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Written by newscycle

October 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

Posted in Ethics

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