Journalists and news organizations are turning to the crowd’s aid for reporting and photography, since the right person with a mobile phone at the right time can often give a good picture of the news sooner than newsroom staffers.
In “Accurate, Fair & Safe: The Ethics of Social News” at SXSW, two industry pros discussed the benefits of social news gathering — but the benefits don’t come without pitfalls.
Eric Carvin, social media editor at the Associated Press and Mandy Jenkins, managing editor of Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, are on a committee within the Online News Association. The Social Newsgathering Ethics group hopes to solve five of the biggest problems associated with social news reporting (that is, newsrooms collaborating with citizen journalists, or borrowing photos from social networks). But before they can solve them, the problems must be identified, said Carvin. Read more