My plate is too full right now to read and comment in detail on the new NPR Ethics Handbook. But since I have blogged extensively on newsroom social media policies, including NPR’s earlier guidelines, I’ll point to some good pieces by friends at Poynter whose reporting and analysis I trust:
NPR’s Andy Carvin is traveling in the Middle East and I didn’t see a response in his Twitter feed about the guidelines. I hope he likes them and had significant input. He’s a social media pioneer and if he feels the freedom and responsibility to continue his work and continue leading the way, that’s an important measure of the guidelines. NPR should be providing guidance for more of its staffers to experiment as thoughtfully and boldly as Andy does.
Update from Andy:
Update: Jay has weighed in:
Jay also added in a Twitter direct message: “I think this is a significant development. There are touches in there that show they were listening.”
I’ll try to get around to reading and writing about this myself (though I’m not optimistic; I’m several blog ideas behind, and I don’t feel much urgency to write about this with others weighing in on this). I’m glad to see positive reviews.