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Norms and the Network: Journalistic Ethics in a Shared Media Space

Singer, J. (2010). Norms and the Network: Journalistic Ethics in a Shared Media Space. In: Journalism Ethics: A Philosophical Approach. (pp. 117-129). Oxford University Press.


A networked media environment fundamentally affects what journalists do and how they do it. In a network, all communicators and all communication are connected; the media space and control over what it contains are shared. Journalistic ethics codes and ethical guidelines have been constructed in a very different media space, one in which the journalist acts as a gate-keeper regulating the flow of information. In a network, however, information flows not only through journalists but also around them; relationships among contributors become more crucial and more complex. This chapter considers the effects of the network on journalistic norms. It starts with a look at ethical adaptations and highlights the growing importance of “transparency.” After considering several other constructs that also are open to reinterpretation, it concludes with a case study highlighting how these ideas are playing out in a contemporary newsroom.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Copyright Oxford University Press, 2010. Permission was granted by OUP for this use. For any further use please seek permission from OUP.
Publisher Keywords: accountability, authority, autonomy, credibility, gate-keeper, Guardian, internet, network, objectivity, relationship ethics, transparency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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