I found this great blog post today. It is about the etiquettes of online journalism. The post is basically telling readers that the same ethics used for print journalism is used for online journalism. For some reason people seem to think that ethics have changed due to the fact that they can post something online and this is far from the truth.
People can be sued for libel, defamation of character, false light, and many other things if they are not careful of what they post on the internet. People can also be fined for endorsing products without telling the public they received products or money for reviewing the product; as we learned in an earlier post.
There is definitely a gray area when it comes to ethics and the media and I think each situation has to be dealt with according to the moment. Today, because of the facts I have, I may run a story, but tomorrow, if I am given different facts, I may make a different choice, not to run the story. But I think making choices to run stories is all common sense, most of the time.
This what Gina Chen is stating in her blog. Everything she writes and gives examples of are all common sense decisions. This post is a good guide for new bloggers and a good reminder for journalists of the ethics we are taught in school.