Update: The chat is finished. If you didn’t join us, read the replay below, or the Storify summary.
I am pleased that my blog post last November, calling for an update of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, has stimulated a discussion about journalism ethics in the digital age.
Tonight, Kevin Smith, chair of the SPJ Ethics Committee, and I will lead a Twitter chat (#spjchat), starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time, about whether SPJ should update the Code. Mike Reilley of DePaul University organized the chat and will moderate.
I will pull #spjchat tweets into the liveblog linked below, if you’d rather follow it there than on Twitter (or if you miss the chat):
Some other posts I have written on journalism ethics:
- Posts on the newsroom social media policies of the Guardian, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Roanoke Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
- Journalism ethics guidance from a great teacher, Phil Record
- My version of Craig Silverman’s accuracy checklist
- Craig Silverman’s accuracy podcast and slides
- Craig Silverman shares excellent advice on accuracy, verification and preventing errors
- Tips on verifying facts and ensuring accuracy
- Power and eagerness should guide reporters’ confidentiality decisions
- Reporters need to stop trading silence for access
- Ethics outrage at the Washington Post
- I lifted (but attributed) most of this post on plagiarism
- Humanity is more important and honest than objectivity for journalists
- Some journalists get uncomfortable with the transparency they want from everyone else
- Objectivity and neutrality aren’t the only ways to protect journalists’ credibility
- Resources for journalism ethics (with lots of links, but some of them are outdated)
- Accuracy is more important than ever for journalists
- Community involvement poses ethical challenges for journalists
- Journalists shouldn’t hide behind a mask
- Avoiding ethical conflicts in small towns
- The heart: one of journalism’s best tools
- Bad judgment doesn’t taint the platform
- Journalism ethics in social networks
- When does sloppy attribution become plagiarism?
- Lessons for journalists in tragic stories
- Remember the old editor’s advice: Check it out
- Don’t let partisans dictate our terms
- Unnamed sources should have unpublished opinions
- Journalists need to acknowledge our trauma
- Let’s be skeptical of named sources, too