How should we handle the biases of sources and avoid skewing the range of viewpoints?

In responsible journalism, it is important for journalism to remain fair unbiased. However, in some case, the source may have his or her bias and if journalists are not aware, their report will have the bias as well. Therefore, in order to handle the biases of sources and avoid skewing the range of viewpoints, journalists… Continue reading How should we handle the biases of sources and avoid skewing the range of viewpoints?

Should reporters tell interviewees all the ways the interview may be used?

Interviewing is the most important process for journalists to gather information and produce news stories. In order to convince people to conduct the interview, journalists should tell the interviewees all the ways the interview may be used which is called informed consent. Informed consent means that (section 6.4.1, BBC Guidelines) ‘contributors should be in possession… Continue reading Should reporters tell interviewees all the ways the interview may be used?

Fairness and Balance in Journalistic Context

Fairness and balance are the basic principles in journalistic context. According to the ONA (Online News Association) Ethics, Fairness means ‘that a journalist should strive for accuracy and truth in reporting, and not slant a story so a reader draws the reporter’s desired conclusion.’ Meanwhile, balance means ‘stories must be balanced in the sense of… Continue reading Fairness and Balance in Journalistic Context

Attribution when Using Materials from Social Networks

  Attribution and giving credit to the source are key elements in creating news stories. These elements should not be omitted when journalists are publishing news stories from the online source. Therefore, journalists should give credit and attribute anyone who shares newsworthy material on social networks. According to the BBC Guidelines, it stated that journalists should… Continue reading Attribution when Using Materials from Social Networks

Can Journalists use Social Media Materials without Permission?

As the role of social media becomes more and more important nowadays, journalists may always need to use the content from social media to publish news stories. Huge debates about whether journalists can use tweets to publish story have raised since 2014. In fact, as the materials in social media are mostly in public domain,… Continue reading Can Journalists use Social Media Materials without Permission?

The Verification and Accuracy Standard when Using Social Media Contents

In the age of digital communication, ordinary people (citizen journalists) always posted varies contents, including text and photos on the social media, especially in emergency news break. However, it is difficult for journalists to verify the source and authenticity of the posts. Therefore, journalists should use different tools to verify the posts before using them.… Continue reading The Verification and Accuracy Standard when Using Social Media Contents