When I was at the American Press Institute, I developed and presented two series of ethics seminars under grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. One of the grants focused specifically in the ethical challenges of digital journalism and one focused more broadly on general ethics issues. I presented the seminars for more than two dozen newsrooms, universities and journalism organizations. The grants have expired, but I would be pleased to lead a seminar or a single workshop for your organization.
I have been a keynote speaker on journalism ethics and was involved with efforts to update the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and Poynter’s Guiding Principles for the Journalist as well as the development of the Online News Association’s building blocks for newsroom ethics codes. I contributed to the writing of the Verification Handbook and the book on plagiarism, fabrication and attribution, Telling the Truth and Nothing But.
Topics we can address relating to digital journalism:
- Using the Online News Association’s Build Your Own Ethics Code tool to write an ethics code reflecting the values of your organization
- Verification and accuracy
- Linking, attribution and preventing plagiarism
- Ethics in social networks
- Ethics in the blogosphere
- Plagiarism and attribution
- Engaging the public and maintaining standards
- Standards for digital breaking news coverage
- Generating revenue with integrity
- Digital dilemmas for visual journalism ethics
In addition to the digital issues we address in the API ethics seminars, I can also lead workshops on more traditional journalism ethics issues:
- Accuracy and verification
- Confidential sources
- Advance review of stories
- Photojournalism ethics
- Journalism ethics in small towns
- Covering victims
- Private lives of public officials
- Plagiarism, fabrication and other cheating issues
- Leading an ethical news staff
Contact me at stephenbuttry (at) gmail.com if you want to discuss fees and services. For information on my training background, consult the summary of my training career.