Ethics in the Age of Twitter

Journalism's rapid and ardent embrace of social media also has its downside. Standards and practices for social media vary, if they exist at all. Tweets of unverified information in breaking news situations can sow havoc. And, as Reddit's misguided online witch hunt for suspects after the Boston Marathon Bombing recently proved, the online crowd is not always so wise.  What can journalists do to make social media as ethical as it is effective?

Join us for networking at 6:30 pm and a panel discussion at 7:00 pm. 

Our panel:

Dean Wright became an innovator in online news in 1996 when, after 25 years in print and wire journalism, he joined the newly launched MSNBC.com, eventually rising to Vice President and Editor-in-Chief. In 2005, he moved to Thomson Reuters, where he established consumer websites in China, Japan, India, the UK and the US. As Global Editor for Ethics and Standards at Thomson Reuters, he developed policies and practices for editorial quality, transparency, social media and anti-bribery and corruption training. He now consults with media organizations worldwide from Bellingham, Wash.  

Joan Connell is an award-winning journalist with a longstanding interest in digital media, ethics and moral issues. After a long career as a writer and editor specializing in religion and ethics, she spent eight years at MSNBC.com as executive producer for Opinions in Redmond, Wash. She then served as Online Editor at The Nation Magazine in New York and later Associate Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University School of Journalism. She currently works as a media consultant in Bellingham, Wash.  and  teaches media ethics, narrative nonfiction and news writing at Western Washington University.

Dr. Stephen J.A. Ward is Professor and Director of the UO’s George S. Turnbull Center for Media in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he was the Burgess Chair of Journalism Ethics and founding director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 14 years, he was a foreign reporter, war correspondent and newsroom manager. He is the founding chair of the ethics committee for the Canadian Association of Journalists. Prof. Ward is the author of the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics, plus Global Journalism Ethics, Ethics and the Media: An Introduction, and most recently, Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives

Moderator: Morgan Holm is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. He has served as news director, host, producer and reporter since joining OPB in 1990.

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  • George R.

    Posted a column and sidebar today on the discussion. Feedback welcome. http://ow.ly/p7NuI

    2 · September 23, 2013

  • Alexandra M.

    Big thank you to everyone who attended last night. Please do continue to connect with people and discuss points from last night in the Twitter hashtag #ONApdx. One other note about the start time, we apologize for starting the event earlier than it was listed! Next time we'll be sure to have the full networking/wine-drinking time. Thanks again!

    1 · September 17, 2013

    • Ivonne R.

      Thanks. I believed discussion would start at 7:00 p.m.

      September 17, 2013

  • John H.

    FWIW/planning purposes/next time, a Friday might be more accommodating for those down the valley. Hope it was fun!

    September 16, 2013

    • Bill

      I certainly understand the interests of organizing something more convenient to those in the valley, but, conversely, I think Friday events are really tough to plan for. We all work so hard it's difficult to sacrifice weekend evenings. Of course, there are so many events in our region that it's difficult to isolate any night. Maybe there's a creative way to solve this. Skype tie-ins? Occasional, less formal meetings in between the main ones on weekends for the die-hards? Occasional mini-meetings in Salem or elsewhere?

      September 16, 2013

    • Alexandra M.

      Thanks to you both for your feedback, see Rebecca's comment above about this event's meeting times. We'll take both comments into account next time.

      September 17, 2013

  • rebecca

    Thanks for the feedback for the meeting times. This meetup was organized around another event Joan and Dean did for us at OPB so we didn't have much flexibility -- but we can consider feedback for other events (and since this is on Meetup, of course others can plan smaller, social events using this platform as well).

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Ivonne R.

    Great conversation tonight. Still thinking about a movement for "slow news" that builds and maintains credibility. Great speakers tonight..
    Please keep me posted of your next event,
    ~Ivonne Rivero/Portland

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Rachel W.

    Still seeking ride share from Laurelhurst or Alberta area. With enough notice, I can meet someone downtown too.

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Emily

      I can give you a ride from Laurelhurst. Where exactly? I'll be heading from around 34th and Hawthorne.

      1 · September 16, 2013

    • Rachel W.

      I can meet you at 34th and Hawthorne, Emily. Thank you. Email me at [masked]. I'll send you my number, and you can let me know the meet time.

      September 16, 2013

  • Rachel W.

    Steve Woodward has spoken. So ... will anyone head to OPB from the Laurelhurst or Alberta hoods? Seeking ride, please.

    September 13, 2013

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