Ethics and Standards

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On the Internet, is it OK to have anonymous pamphleteers?

Here's a good example of direct-to-consumer political messaging that is
potentially untrustworthy because it is unsourced.  It raises the question: Is it OK for political speech to be anonymous? 

ETHICS: Cleveland editor draws line at blogger contributing to congressman's opponent

One of four free-lance bloggers paid by the Cleveland Plain Dealer to provide political commentary was fired after the paper's editor learned the blogger was a $100 contributor to an opponent of a congressman the blogger routinely criticized.

Independent news website NewsDesk posts statement of journalistic principals from editor/owner Josh Wilson

Like much larger news organizations, the one-person NewsDesk.org has an ethics code. Josh Wilson, (PROFILE) owner of the not-for-profit operation posted "Bias and Objectivity -- An Editorial Dilemma," in 2003, which provides some obvious answers to how to approach bias/fairness issues.

ETHICS: Two efforts to develop online standards posted

Both the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Online Journalism Review at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School have developed ethics statements for online journalism, writes the New Communications Blogzine.

Weblog Ethics

Rebecca Blood, on her Rebecca's Pocket weblog, proposes a code of ethics for bloggers. Among her main ideas are: 1. Publish as fact only that which you believe to be true. 2. If material exists online, link to it when you reference it. 3. Publicly correct any misinformation. 4. Write each entry as if it could not be changed; add to, but do not rewrite or delete, any entry. 5. Disclose any conflict of interest. 6. Note questionable and biased sources.

The art of manufactured news

On BroadcastingCable.com, Joe Mandese reports on commercials that are engineered to look like news broadcasts, sometimes even reporting real news and then endorsing a product or company. This prompts questions as to whether it's ethical to show such broadcasts that make it difficult to tell what's news and what's advertising.

"Dean Scream" clip was media fraud

In the Miami Herald, Eric Wasserman looks at the validity of the "Dean Scream" video clip that significantly hurt Howard Dean's chances as a presidential hopeful in 2004. Wasserman compares the clip, which went generally unchallenged and accepted as truth, to a repeatedly attacked 60 Minutes episode that covered President George W. Bush's "military nonservice." Wasserman raises questions as to what kind of media ethics can label one as media distortion while allowing the other to masquerade as truth. [ Visit Website ]
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