Thinking Journalist

The final section in the book is Section 4 – Becoming a Thinking Journalist. Here we take a look at ethics, codes of practice and media law for online journalism. The final chapter reflects on the disruptive impact of the Internet to traditional media practices and makes predictions for the future. 

12. Ethics and Good Practice

Introduction
Objectives
Journalism Concepts and Ideas
Gatekeeping Theory
Commercial Pressures
How Do Proprietors Influence News?
Regulation
Ethics Online and Offline
‘Rocking the Boat’
How Corrections and Clarifications Should Be Handled
Online Ethics
NUJ Code of Conduct
A Blogger’s Code of Conduct?
How You Portray People Is an Ethical Issue
Basic Ethical Questions
The Cautionary Tale of Johann Hari
Final Ethical Questions
Summary
Further Reading

13  Law and Regulation

Introduction
Objectives
An Uncertain Universe
Defamation
Copyright (Intellectual Property)
Contempt
Privacy
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading

14 How the Internet Transformed Journalism

Introduction
Objectives
Milestones in Technology
The Web Is Not the Internet
How Do Mobile Apps Use the Internet?
The Web Gets Political
Open Source Movement
The Launch of Newspaper Websites
Generating Revenue
News as a Commodity
Impact of the Net on Working Practices
Online News Today
The Network and Devices
The Rise of Tablet Devices
Predicting the Future (Based on the Past)
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading