Information Ethics as a Guide for New Media

Edward Spence, Aaron Quinn

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Good journalism is based'and to some extent thrives'on a diversity of perspectives from those who supply information and informed opinions to the public. Newmedia journalism is a contemporary newsgathering and disseminating method with enormous communication potential because it is an online forum that can connect agreat number of diverse contributors and audiences.Citizen journalism'performed on a global level through the Web'is a potential marvel because of its wide reachand range of diversity. This paper offers an examination and philosophical analysis that shows which facets of new media information ethics and epistemology can be reconciled with universal ethical and epistemological principles and which, if any, cannot. To that end, we wish to provide groundwork for the description and critical evaluation of universal ethical and epistemic standards consistent with the phenomenon of new media journalism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-279
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Mass Media Ethics: exploring questions of media morality
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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