Today Poynter Online posted an article about the 100 things journalists should never do. They are publishing these on twitter and asking journalists to retweet them. I think this is an excellent example of what it means to start a conversation on twitter. This is something I greatly struggle with, so I am glad I found this post for some inspiration!
The Times-Delphic staff made some tough decisions this week while reporting on the recent events involving their own peers. Reporting on such events is particularly difficult when the news involves not only fellow Drake students, but friends. As journalists we have to make difficult judgement calls on a daily basis. A general code of ethics designed by the publication and personal morality are often the only guidelines we have to go by.
I think these retweets of the “100 Things Journalists Should Never Do” are pertinent to every journalist who is faced with a difficult judgement call.
- Give voice to those who cannot make themselves heard. (@paulbradshaw)
- Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. (@lkorleski)
- Actually follow rule of “If your mother says she loves you, get a second source.” (@ddt tweets a variation on “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”)
- Don’t be a slave to any rule, including these 100. (Michael Booth)