On the internets

Posted: April 14, 2011 by Karissa Donkin in Uncategorized

In class, one of the ethical issues we’ve touched on is what kind of tracks journos should be leaving online. In a 2.0 world, what we say or do on social media might be more important than we think – or perhaps people take it with a grain of salt and we’re all overreacting.

There doesn’t seem to be a universal line media outlets have their employees tow, but the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists released a report last week that proposes some of the first guidelines for personal activity online. I saw it on a website I follow called J-Source and thought I would share it with you all.

http://www.j-source.ca/english_new/detail.php?id=6402

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Comments
  1. sharonfawcett says:

    Wow, Karissa, these guidelines certainly make social media complicated for journalists. They make sense, but I think following them would require a re-do of the way most of us do social media.

    It reminds me of something I came across a few weeks ago. In several of my classes the issue of potential employers being able to learn about you from your Facebook profile has come up. I recently looked into the application for internship with an NGO called “Invisible Children.” One of the questions on the application is: “Are you a part of any social networking sites/ do you have any webpages? Please provide the links to these sites.” Then the following note appears at the bottom of the page: “We will be viewing your networking pages or web pages in conjunction with your application.
    If your profile is set to private, please accept our friend request.” At least they are open about the fact that they’ll be looking at applicants’ social media involvement.

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