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Ethics Week 2016: New Tech, New Problems

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Every few years brings a surprising number of new technologies to newsrooms around the world. News organizations are now investing heavily into virtual reality, automated reporting systems and new partnerships with social media platforms.

While those technologies expand the number of ways journalists can tell stories and reach people, they also increase the number of ethical questions and problems needing to be addressed.

For this entire week, the Society of Professional Journalists will be focusing on how journalists can ethically navigate new technologies. Each day a new blog post will explore ethical situations spanning from drones to virtual reality.

On top of the first-hand tips and suggestions from people within the Society, each post will point to resources around the Internet. For example, the resources may include newly released guidelines from the Online News Association about newsgathering from social media.

In addition to the blog posts, we also hope you’ll continue the conversation online through the Society’s Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #SPJethicstech.

Of course, please use the comment section of these blogs to add your own opinion or suggest additional resources!


Andrew M. Seaman is the chair of the Society’s ethics committee. He’s also a journalist in New York City.

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