I’m a news consumer, and just want news I can trust.
I’m supporting trustworthy journalism via efforts like TheTrustProject.org and Wikipedia, but I’ve been fairly ignorant regarding related ethics, so …
I’ve learned that there are a lot of ethics questions way beyond my pay grade, like, should video footage be shown of the victims of terrorism or domestic crime?
That’s a really important question, one of many, but I’ve found I really am simple-minded, I’d just be happy if the reporting is done and followed through in good faith:
- get the facts right
- if the reported facts aren’t right, correct in a serious way
Given what I see, it feels necessary to repeat:
- don’t make stuff up
- fact check claims asserted by others
- don’t interfere with actual ongoing criminal investigations
- links and titles should accurately reflect content, and avoid any misrepresentation
- don’t help politicians deceive the public
The last was best illustrated by Jon Stewart with “CNN Leaves it There.”
I’m struck by my simple-mindedness and focus on basics.
I’ll continue to focus on the simple stuff, and I will leave the hard questions to the professionals.
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