A fresh approach to building integrity in all media Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals transforms students into confident, self-reliant, and ethical decision makers, prepared to resolve moral dilemmas from day one of their first media job or internship. The highly anticipated Second Edition of this text continues to engage students with true stories of young professionals working in today’s multimedia news and strategic communications organizations, helping readers create meaningful connections to real-world applications. Each story is presented as a narrative, so students can work through the ethical dilemmas as they unfold, encouraging readers to think about and ask the question: “What would I do if this happened to me?” By creating a more personalized experience for students beginning their first entry-level media jobs or internship, this book helps readers develop their own ethical standards and apply in the workplace what they have learned.

Sensitivity and Social Media : The Case of the Student Death

Sensitivity and Social Media : The Case of the Student Death

Sensitivity and Social Media: The Case of the Student Death
Frances Parrish Guy S. Reel

Anytime a serious story or stories break, editors and reporters should use caution when seeking sources or confirmation of the events. One editor at The Johnsonian, the student newspaper at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, learned some valuable lessons when news of a student’s death began circulating through social media.

The Situation: Crowdsourcing a Death

During fall semester 2013, Frances Parrish, editor-in-chief at The Johnsonian, received a call near midnight from her managing editor informing her of social media reports about the death of a student. Abby Carroll died Oct. 31, 2013, in ...

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