Ethical Values and Quality Control in the Digital Era

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p57
The author offers opinions on journalistic ethics. The rise of online journalism on the Web sites of traditional mass media news organizations is seen as having created many new ethical questions for journalists. Management places stress on "page views," that is, the number of Internet users who access a particular story on their Web sites. This in turn leads many reporters and editors to complain that online journalism has caused their organizations to emphasize sensationalism that appeals to the lowest common denominator of the audience rather than news of importance to an informed citizen. The speed needed in online journalism is also said to create a lack of quality control.


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