I hesitate to be too prescriptive with this assignment because I want each of you to come up with a set of personal ethics guidelines that you’ll rely on in your media-related work and, hopefully, in your personal life as well.
In brief, your guidelines should express what you stand for as a journalist (or other form of media maker, depending on your plans), and how you intend to live up to the standards you set for yourself.
As discussed in class, your guidelines should reflect research you’ve done in at least two major areas: Continue reading Additional resources for your personal ethics guidelines
A couple of you have asked for a fuller description of what I’m looking for in your weekly blog posts. Maybe the best way to do that is to provide an example of the sort of post I have in mind.
The idea for this one came courtesy of Poynter’s Morning MediaWire, which can be a great tip sheet for your weekly posts (you can subscribe here). Poynter’s Ben Mullin reported:
Business Insider extols North Korean airport
Business Insider has toned down the language in a glowing story written by reporter Benjamin Zhang that offered effusive praise for a newly opened airport in the heavily propagandized country of North Korea. The article, previously headlined “North Korea’s stunning new airport puts many Americans to shame” is now titled “North Korea says it has a great new airport” (Gawker)
This raised as many questions as it answered, including:
- How did the original version of this story get published in the first place?
- What publishing guidelines does Business Insider follow?
- What prompted the new version?
I’ve sent questions by email to the author of the BI story, Benjamin Zhang, and to Mediaite’s Evan McMurry, who reported that BI had updated its piece with an editor’s note: “We revised this post to reflect North Korea’s reliance on propaganda.” Continue reading Deconstructing a screwup: Business Insider’s gee-whiz coverage of North Korea’s new airport
7 a.m. Friday, July 10: Your blog created and the url emailed to Bill
7 a.m. Sunday, July 12: Your weekly post published to your blog
3 p.m. Monday, July 13: Your comment to a classmate’s post published to his or her blog
5:30 p.m. Monday, July 13: This week’s assigned readings in The Ethical Journalist completed
7 a.m. Friday, July 17: First steps taken (and reported on your blog) in Operation Correct That Error
7 a.m. Sunday, July 19: Your weekly post published to your blog
3 p.m. Monday, July 20: Your comment to a classmate’s post published to his or her blog
5:30 p.m. Monday, July 20: This week’s assigned readings in The Ethical Journalist completed Continue reading Due dates for assignments
By 7 a.m. Friday July 10, please set up a blog in WordPress where you’ll publish assignments for the course. I’ll list all of your sites in a blogroll in the right rail of this site. Thanks to Dan Kennedy for coming up with the framework on WordPress.