5 Journalism Ethics and New Media

A graphic artist darkens a photograph of a celebrity accused of a heinous crime so that his face appears more brooding on the cover of a national news magazine.1 An editor places a banner ad at the top of her newspaper's Web site, although she would never place an ad on the front page of her newspaper. A producer runs a story featuring a high-resolution satellite image of a well-known princess on holiday at a private beach on the Caribbean. These are just samples of the many knotty ethical issues new media raise for journalism in the digital age.2

In this chapter, I examine four questions that frame the ethical issues facing journalists and the public in today's digital environment, including the extent to which they differ from the ethical issues of traditional journalism. First, what are or should be the ethical standards of digital news gathering? Second, what are the ethical rules of digital news production? Third, what are the ethical boundaries of online news content? And, fourth, what are the broad ethical issues confronting journalists in an increasingly interactive, global news system?


Ethics of Digital News Gathering

Consider the case of a journalist equipped with an omnidirectional video camera. She could use it to present dynamic events in a compelling immersive environment and to help put stories in better context. But an om

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