WebCred: The Ethics of Blogging
The three library representatives who attended the invitation-only Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility Conference at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government January 21-22 "played an important role in reminding bloggers and journalists of their responsibility to the reader," according to Carrie Lowe of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy.
Nicknamed "WebCred" by some, the conference was cosponsored by OITP, with Lowe and Director Rick Weingarten helping kick off the first session. In their opening remarks, they reminded journalists and bloggers that despite the natural tendency of content creators to focus on the product and not the reader, "the user remains a key element, and one that will gain increasing power as this conversation progresses."
ALA Councilor and "Free Range Librarian" blogger Karen G. Schneider repeated these points in an introduction to a discussion of a paper on ethics by Bill Mitchell, director of Poynter Online, the web presence for the Poynter Institute journalism school in St. Petersburg, Florida. …