Journalistic Ethics in the Age of Denial
Some twittering from the first workshop session at the Science Writing in the Age of Denial Conference
- — John Rennie (@tvjrennie)Tue, Apr 24 2012 06:25:00
- Deborah Blum lead off the conversation by asking if science journalists should be cheerleaders of science? When we write about the messy process of science and it's mistakes, do we feed into the culture of distrust?
- — Erin Podolak (@ErinPodolak)Tue, Apr 24 2012 06:33:08
- — Wendee Holtcamp (@bohemianone)Tue, Apr 24 2012 06:37:17
- George Johnson reminded everyone that the same tools of good journalism still apply.
- — Signe Brewster (@signejb)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:19:07Johnson: More places producing more material is just like having more sources, and you sift through them like you would today #denialconf
- Dennis Meredith gave us advice on working with PIOs, how institutions are becoming their own news sources and that changes the role and requirements for the journalists:
- — John Rennie (@tvjrennie)Tue, Apr 24 2012 06:58:05Meredith: Reporters should push back more against bad behavior. Report unethical behaviors to admin. Become "the Journanator"! #denialconf
- Lastly, Dan Fagin described today's journalists feeling like they are in a castle, under siege by the new media landscape in which so many non-professionals are creating and sharing news. But the "us vs them" mentality is dangerous, because journalists will lose. Instead, we need a new framework of ethics for working with the torrent of news and sources.
- — Kate Prengaman (@kprengaman)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:04:54
- — Maryn McKenna (@marynmck)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:57:46my comment at #denialconf: "siege" is wrong metaphor bc sounds like we submit to digital hordes; best new journ = collab w new audience
- — Maryn McKenna (@marynmck)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:17:06
- But both Fagin and Blum point out that their students, new journalists, don't feel under siege. They see a new media landscape creating new opportunities.
- — Kate Prengaman (@kprengaman)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:22:13
- — Adam Hinterthuer (@adamhint)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:23:16
- — Signe Brewster (@signejb)Tue, Apr 24 2012 07:23:03Blum: Conversation with readers makes her a better journalist. Makes her "creak out of that old castle" and think about field #denialconf
- Then, the audience joins in the conversation:
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