WKYC-TV journalist Eric Mansfield posed a rhetorical question to the students attending a journalism ethics workshop wondering how many of them wanted to get a job after graduating college. Then he told them they better learn how to use Facebook and Twitter.
The conference advanced the ethics discussion concerning online journalism in a gathering called “What Values?” bringing together faculty, students andprofessionals. While sticky ethical issues came up concerning how journalists pull images, video and information from Facebook, MySpace and weblogs to using
Twitter for story ideas and news tips, all the experts kept brining the issue back to accuracy and credibility.
Rubber City Radio Vice President of Media Ed Esposito stress it was important to get the story right. He stated no one will remember who got it first if they don’t get it correct.
He pointed out only media insiders brag about who’s first because in an age where immediacy is no longer owned by broadcast outlets being accurate is paramount and the utmost important issue when it comes to driving ethics in any newsroom.<