UMD concentrates on social media in revised Code of Ethics
How should journalists handle sources on social media, especially during breaking news? Should a journalist verify a social media account or have to speak directly with the user before posting information from accounts? Is it OK to post your political views on Facebook?
These are just some of the issues students at University of Maryland’s SPJ chapter debated during their Ethics session.
The meeting, which had about 20 attendees, opened with a guest speaker from the UMD journalism school who specialized in ethics.
“She talked a lot about social media ethics for journalists and we were able to incorporate a lot of what she told us into our discussion and revision,” said Secretary Katie Wilhelm.
The chapter decided that yes, the Code of Ethics needs to be changed. They made several additions, which you can see here.
“I definitely think it should be changed,” Wilhelm said. “A lot has changed since the last time it was revised in 1996, especially with social media. The Ethics Code doesn’t address that and it should.”
This group is also in the running for SPJ Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky’s $100 prize.
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