Every day there are ethical decisions that impact the hundreds or thousands of people who watch, read, listen, and/or click on a media source. The foundation for making the right decision starts with ethics classes in college. Students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism will use this blog to reflect on ethical questions in the media today.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Social Media has
brought a very interesting dynamic to journalism. This dynamic is sometimes
very positive, but also sometimes very negative. Since anyone has the
capability of having a twitter account and the freedom of speech, it can become
difficult to regulate the accuracy of people’s tweets in regards to certain
news. Some say that journalism is a dying field, but this is something I
completely disagree with. It is not a dying field, but a field that is going
through drastic changes. As we’re entering an age of new and more elaborate
technology, the way we wish to receive news is naturally going to change with
the changing times.
Post article by Thomas Kent called “A Whole New Kind of Journalism? ADissenting View” discusses how people may not get their news through the
traditionally known way, but are still concerned about what is going on and
relevant topics throughout the country. The latest outlets of news can range
from social media outlets to traditional news companies converting to online
methods. These online methods can be updated and accessed faster by the mass
The advantage of
having online news outlets is often you can receive recent news faster than you
can receive through print newspaper. The Peterson’s article, “Three charts thatexplain how U.S. journalists use social media” talks about why journalist uses Twitter so often. Many of the journalist said they used Twitter in order to
share breaking news because it’s the easiest way to get out the news to the
mass public. There is problems with having the ability to share news so
quickly, which can include giving out errors in the information. Journalist can
get so focused into being the first to get out the news, they may miss or
overlook some of the information to be the original person to bring the mass
public the story.
I think the best
way to control social media regarding news, is to inform people how you portray
yourself in social media is very important, especially for future/present
I think social
media is a great way to get out news to the people, its shown to be fast and
effective. For the people that may not
be a well known news organization that tweets current events, it is still very
important that your tweets on certain news are intelligent and ethical.
For more information
and perspective regarding social media and twitter, check out a video PBS
created called “The Impact of Twitter on Journalism”. I found the video to be
pretty interesting and not too long!