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All rights falling outside the terms of the Creative Commons licence are retained or controlled by The Open University. Then decide whether your data publishing is journalism. However, this will only happen if news makers fully understand why ethics must be nourished and the craft of journalism strengthened. In the end they recognised that these were stories too big for a single media outlet to handle so they found solutions in collaboration.

No-one would have noticed, or even cared, had this story not been picked up by a local journalist and magnified by international news agencies and viral circulation on the web. The only exception to this is when there is a pressing public interest or professional reason for not revealing a source. This extraordinary tale turned out to be a hoax which fooled even some iconic leaders of global journalism. We reserve the right to alter, amend or bring to an end any terms and conditions provided here without notice.

Journalists are needed more than ever to clarify what is important, ask the right questions, put information in context, and present the news with lashings of style. On the surface all of this is good news, but this democratisation of information is only useful if the original data is reliable. Applying the standard that ethics should apply to everyone who features in the news media is a legitimate aspiration, but often is not a realistic option.

Similarly, in Kenya, a radio station has set up Star Health, a toolkit to help its audience do background checks on doctors through digital access to data on medical practitioners. In both cases editors and reporters working on these stories had to make difficult, tricky decisions about what information to publish.

He is one of a number of writers who in recent years have targeted a web-based information culture that makes us better connected, but less aware of the world around us. Second, these authors identify what needs to be assessed and the means for doing so. Today a new media generation is working in partnership with their audience in a freshly-scrubbed news environment. There is more informal information-sharing and more networking. The crisis is made worse by water contaminated by sewage, but the newspaper has developed a way of using old smartphones submerged in plastic bottles to help residents get safe water.

Think critically about the public good and potential harm, the context surrounding the data and its relevance to your other reporting. But media have only themselves to blame for some of the self-inflicted wounds sustained by journalism in recent years. They can be in turn deceptive, offensive, unrepentant, and even abusive, as much as the law will allow. Moreover, an important take away for readers is the provision of a simple formula, first advocated by Diane L. The incident highlights why media who value their brand and want to maintain public trust need to have transparent and reliable internal controls to deal with potential conflicts of interest.

Malice and deceptive handling of the truth are ubiquitous. At the same time, editors have to deal with the thorny problem of anonymous communications on the web. First, the book functions as a venue for distinguished scholars to share the innovative ways that they are assessing ethics coverage in courses and degree programs. Oborne himself is leading calls for an overhaul of media governance rules and a fresh debate on what needs to be done to protect editorial independence in the British press. Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection Zuckerman says the Internet has made everyone less dependent on professional journalists and editors for information.

The Internet is throwing up spaces where many of the issues ignored by mainstream media are getting attention. But important though they are, these initiatives are no alternative to developing a fresh ethical culture inside existing news media. Never accept, for instance, images and statements on first impressions. It is not enough to acquire the technical skills to turn raw data into journalism, but this has to be done in a way that both protects and informs the public the data describes.

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