Day 1 - Tuesday, 26th May 2015
1615 - 1730 : Moderated Debate : Journalism, Ethics and Social Media
With the advent of social media, a new breed of journalists is emerging. In blogs and micro blogs, social networking sites and in multimedia content sharing services, these ‘new’ journalists contribute, disseminate and share information. They have also performed news gathering and gatekeeping functions that mainstream media journalists have traditionally carried out. Are mainstream media’s rights, privileges and principles such as truth seeking and independent reporting threatened by the ‘new’ journalists? Are citizen journalists making news more or less accurate? Do we need to reinvent a code of media ethics from the ground up? How do we deal with new values such as transparency over objectivity? How should we treat unfiltered sharing of information over a filtered verification of the facts? What are the best forms of practice, and the norms to guide journalists?