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.

Are Public Officials Always on the Record? : The Case of the Councilor’s Blog

Are Public Officials Always on the Record? : The Case of the Councilor’s Blog

Are Public Officials Always on the Record?: The Case of the Councilor’s Blog
Jan Leach

A young, tech-savvy beat reporter found controversial comments on a public official’s blog. The comments related to issues on the reporter’s beat about which the official had not spoken out at meetings or in interviews. Are all blog posts fair game for news stories? Can they be used verbatim? How public are the online comments of a public official?

Even today, when blogs are everywhere, these questions are complex and debatable. In 2008, when fewer people were blogging, reporters who understood blogs had to be newsroom educators to help find answers.

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