Yesterday, we shared the mission of an ONA working group that aims to tackle the five key ethical challenges of social and digital newsgathering, starting with the first two, Verification and Accuracy, and Contributors’ Safety (read the post here). Today, we pick up where we left off:
3. Rights and legal issues
When do we have the right to share user-generated content on our platforms — to publish it, to distribute it, to embed it?
There’s a growing body of law around what is and isn’t fair game for news organizations to use. But it can be confusing, and every case is a little different. Also, there may be circumstances where the legal right to use someone’s content may not mean it’s the right thing to do, given the value of the work that’s been created.
Whether covering a plane crash or a war, the Oscars or the Olympics, today’s journalist needs to carry an oversized bag of reporting tools to gather the news accurately and effectively. And you’d better leave lots of room for social tools, given the powerful role social newsgathering now plays in discovering important information and content, especially when news breaks where there isn’t a professional journalist in sight.
The opportunities presented by these tools are endless and exciting. But a news landscape with deep social integration is also riddled with ethical concerns. So how can a journalist robustly engage in social newsgathering while remaining loyal to the central principles of ethical journalism?
It’s not often you have a front seat to witness the effects of change.
When we launched the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, the brainchild of a collaborative that includes the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund, we knew the program was right in our sweet spot — the intersection of journalism and technology. Since the launch, though, we’ve been amazed by the interest, questions, ideas and explorations from countless numbers of journalism educators looking to expand their concepts of collaboration and news experiments within their university.
Innovation in Journalism Education (to me) is “C-L-E-A-R.”
Who is proposing the idea is less important than what is being proposed.
Encourage new leaders by supporting those who raise their hands and speak up.
Is there substantive internal risk taking? (Journalism educators are a creative bunch. Let them loose.)
It’s important to ask why something didn’t work. It’s more important to ask — and document –why it did. Focus on success.
Who are the benefactors and what are they getting in exchange for their risk?
ONA welcomes BBC’s Steve Herrmann, new International Board appointee
ONA is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Herrmann, Editor of BBC News Online, who joined the Board in January as our international member. Steve replaces Mario Tedeschini-Lalli, whose two-year term as our first overseas director ended in December, and who worked tirelessly to build up our partnerships and community as Chair of our International Committee.
Since January 2006, Steve has had overall responsibility for the digital output of BBC News on desktop website, tablet and mobile, in the UK and internationally. He leads a team of online journalists and also oversees content from a wide range of others across BBC News who contribute to the BBC’s online, on demand and multimedia output. He is a board member of the Global Editors Network and serves on the media advisory panel of the International Broadcasting Trust. Steve also ran for election for the ONA Board in 2013. Learn more about Steve.
Apply for the AP-Google Scholarship
Now in its final year, the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship will award two $7,500 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing innovative, creative projects in digital journalism.
Our two-year partnership with the Associated Press and Google is at an end, but we’re fortunate to have excess funds to support two more winners for the 2014-15 academic year. The deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Learn more about the scholarship, past winners and their projects.
We’re thankful to both AP and Google for supporting our inaugural program. We’re looking for additional scholarship partners for the 2015-16 academic year. If you or your organization are interested, please contact Irving Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to inspire and encourage you to submit projects for consideration for the $1 million Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which will provide micro-grants up to $35,000 to teams of educators, students, professionals, technicians and researchers.
To get a snapshot of where to look for news and projects pushing the boundaries of journalism education, we asked the ONA Educators Facebook group, the collective consciousness of more than 500 educators around the world, which resources they follow.
Thanks to everyone who helped keep the ONA community vibrant and innovative in 2013, encouraging us to push boundaries in our thinking, programming and events. Our gift to you is this roundup of invaluable resources created throughout the year.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season.
You and your fellow j-school colleagues have been talking for far too long about that innovative experiment that will shake up your curriculum. There’s a talented student who just needs the right mix of collaboration and inspiration to fulfill her promise. You have a media partner willing to work with you and a cool engagement platform in mind. Researcher: Check. Designer? Could be. Developer? In the wings.
You’ve got the right ingredients to apply for the 2014 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, and inject up to $35,000 in the form of a micro-grant that can push your idea to launch and — we hope — make both your curriculum and your local news landscape stronger.
WASHINGTON DC — Journalism educators can now apply for a $1 million challenge encouraging universities to create teams that will experiment with new ways of providing news and information, run by the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership group of digital journalists.
The competitive Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is the brainchild of a collaborative that includes the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund.
The fund will support live news experiments that further the development of teaching hospital models in journalism education, in which innovative projects are created by teams of educators, students, professionals, technicians, and researchers. Micro-grants of up to $35,000 each will be awarded to 15 to 25 projects to be completed during the 2014-2015 academic year.
This year’s Online News Association Conference (ONA13) gathered together nearly 1,600 journalists, technologists, professionals and students in Atlanta, who brought with them amazing energy, ideas and resources.
For ONA, it’s not just about the conference, it’s about the community. Whether you are a member, a conference attendee, a sponsor or all of the above, your contribution marks your commitment to the future of the news industry. And if you couldn’t make it to Atlanta, we want to make sure you have the best of the resources and networking that make these events so unique.
Exploring mobile, video, security, transparency, collaboration and innovation, ONA13 provided a collective home for discussing and sharing cutting-edge concepts.
To do that, we used a live timeline, social curation and liveblogging with RebelMouse, Livestream, audio and two-minute takeaway videos to cover emerging story lines. Our social curation team, led by staffer Jen Mizgata, Homepage Editor Adam Nekola and the volunteer video team, led by Will Davis and McKenna Ewan, all did an excellent job in planning and executing coverage.