The time is for ethical questions. Ethics and ethical decision is important compass in journalists work. By enforcing ethical decision news organization promotes credibility in the public.
Journalists face different ethical dilemmas in their daily life and sometimes they need to make decision and to struggle with the deadlines at the same time. Ethical questions and situations are different for every specific case. The questions whether something is ethical in journalism appears on everyday base.
How media cover hostage crisis? What information is important for the media? This is a question that can lead to various situations in which the state and the media are on different side.
One case study is when Chechen forces took more than 750 hostages in Moscow Theater in October 2002. Media coverage was 24 hours and that created the space for Kremlin to critique the way media reports.
“Hiring lip readers to interpret a meeting between Putin and top aids by the NTV”, says a case study in the manual Journalism Ethics/Global Debate of Washington based International center for journalist, was a reason for Putin’s critiques to this Russian TV station.
The crisis and critiques appeared after the Kremlin press service sent the video material on the meeting of Russian officials without sound. What happened is that the TV station hired interpreter to explain what was the topic of discussion between former Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high officials present at the meeting.
For the journalist and the managers of the NTV the dilemma was whether they should air the footage that has no sound, with information from a lip reader explaining the discussion. Obviously, the station decided to air the footage.
This is only one example when journalist should decide whether they would print, air and broadcast the material and made ethical decision.
With all changes in the media environment and with the speed news appears it is difficult to follow all ethical and professional standards. Although, the need for ethics and professionalism in the situation that involves victims and hostages is important.
How ethics can guide us to undertake good decision in the news room?
I have just found in an old draft this first official photo of us Humphrey Fellows at ASU together. Who knows why it’s been waiting there… Maybe just to refresh our memory about our mission a day before tomorrow’s Seminar when we officially start working on our final Legacy Project. Or just to say: welcome back from the Spring Break, dear and esteemed colleagues!
In my last post I promised to say something more about Blake Mycoskie and TOMS Shoes. Contrary to what many people think, there is no Tom. Blake and TOMS are the same person. In fact, Blake invented TOMS as an abbreviation for ˝tomorrow’s shoes˝. You can read the story of their life on the TOMS official website .
But why I am so excited about it? Why I can’t stop thinking about it since I’ve heard Blake’s speech at the South By Southwest Interactive Conference that took place March 11-15 in Austin, Texas? Well, he is a good-looking guy at some point. But that’s not the point. I am actually thinking of him in the same way I’ve been thinking for several years now about the elderly gentleman – Bangladeshi businessman Dr. Muhammad Yunus , inventor of the Bank For The Poor and Nobel prize winner.
What makes those shoes different than any other textile shoes known for centuries as ˝espadrilles˝? The ˝One For One Movement˝ began in Argentina in 2006, when the young American salesman befriended children who had no shoes to protect their feet. He made an Internet offer: for every pair you buy, somebody who can’t afford it gets one. The response was almost frightening. Now TOMS is everywhere where the need is, recently Haiti.
You can also join the ˝One Day Without Shoes˝ Action on April 5, just to see how it is to walk around barefoot, like many people in this world do regularly. Or you can wait for the lock to fall from the new secret TOMS action starting on June 7. Whatever you do, you will surely feel good about it.
Because Blake said clearly: ˝Giving is not just feel-good. It’s good for your business and your brain˝. The proof: it involves not only thousands of customers, but other businessmen too. For example, baby-Blake is the first company boss that Ralph Lauren collaborated with. Ever. Also, TOMS sold extra 100.000 shoes after the commercial they made for AT&T.
What do TOMS shoes have that no other shoes have? They have the idea of a greater good. It makes the people who work for Blake less stressed, and incorporates feeling good about something every day of their job.
And you know what: these days TOMS is hiring. Check it out!
If a quick survey shows that the word ˝coffee˝appears on Twitter around 20% more times in Austin than in New York on a March morning, it can be the sign that the major creative potential of the USA shifted to Texas for a regular annual gathering. The joyful speculation by Chris Busse during his very serious presentation – Analyzing Trends With Social Media APIs – describes lively the spirit of the event I have attended these days.
South By Southwest Interactive was held from March 11-15, SXSW Film and Music are still on. It is my first time at the Conference on its 18th birthday, so I can’t tell how was it before, but now the main impression is: huge.
In the Austin Convention Center and 9 alternative sites, at all hours you have to pick between some 50 choices: solos or duals, panels or core conversations, keynotes or workshops. But it depends very much on your background and interests, as the program is divided into sections: Design & Development, Greater Good, Business, Emerging, Future of Journalism and Content Strategy, Work and Happiness, Late Break, Social Graph.
Here are some the titles of my choice: Bloggers vs. Journalists, Secrets of Interactive Reporting, Crowdsourcing: Innovation and/or Exploitation, Wikileaks – the WEB, and the Long, Strange Journey of Journalism, Finding Interesting User-Generated Content, Will News Apps Re-invent Journalism?…
It was hilarious to see face-to-face the Comedy Central New York Stand Up Show star John Oliver during an open conversation before his show.
Gaming and podcast news released are simply uncountable. So are evening events, and in Austin Downtown, they can be pretty long.
After all, the main benefit for me as a media person from this SXSW, that I would like to share, is a clear answer to the question made by the conversation entitled Why Journalists Need to Think Like Geeks. Because, my dear friends and colleagues, we smply have no other choice if we want our profession to survive in the world of new media that is just being created.
Conflicts are inevitable part of our everyday life from the personal, work, national and international level. Creating a good environment to find different solutions for variety of conflict is challenging part for individuals, organization and institution that are working on it.
One of the approaches is to learn and implement the wisdom of old cultures in the way we can deal with the conflicts and re-build the trust among people.
What we can learn from those cultures? Let’s take for example Africa and the Ubuntu society as example of dealing with conflicts.In the core of the Ubuntu model is to put the accent on the humanity, empathy, sharing and cooperation. This concept is trying to frame and deal with the conflicts from the human point of the view. Humankind approach is the focus of peace making via reciprocity, inclusivity and shared destiny between people.
One of the key elements of Ubuntu dialogue is that one person is a person through other people. Ubuntu society value life in the community, create and maintain positive relations in the society and work on the involvement of every person.
Key lesson from the Ubuntu dialogue is that when granted, forgiveness should make a necessary degree of goodwill for moving forward.
Ubuntu is one of the models for solving the conflicts we are learning on the Hubert Humphrey Enhancement Conference in Minneapolis. Beside the Ubuntu, we use our time to visit Lino Lakes Minnesota Correctional institutions and participate in the peace making circles with crime offenders and family of murdered victims. All this is a part of the restorative justice dialogue process build mainly on the preparation for dialogue and telling the story as personal truth.
From a journalism point of view, the storytelling part of the restorative justice dialogue is something I think can be use as approach while we conduct the interview people and try to tell their stories. Since, every good story should have drama and conflict inside to attract the attention of listeners and viewers, it is very useful to know some of the skills that all those methods are giving as possibilities.
Arizona Republic wrote on Broke Bishop, a 23-year-old Arizona State University graduate who grew up in the middle class family in Phoenix, but she had to take a nanny job in California that pays $400 to $600 after couple of months of searching a designer job in Arizona or in California. Despite the fact, she still considers herself the middle class, wrote Jahna Berry in the Arizona Republic’s article on middle class in Arizona.
This personal story is illustration that the middle class in Arizona facing uncertainty. Berry wrote “looming state budget cuts and unrest in the oil-rich Middle East raise more uncertainties about the strength of the young recovery. Berry posed the three different aspects that are important for Arizona seekers for jobs on the market.
The unemployment rate in Arizona is still around 10% and for the 296.000 job seekers, Berry wrote they need to face three big questions: what is the time to regain the jobs lost in the recession, what will be the quality of the new job places and how long the competitiveness for the jobs will be so aggressive so the employers could choose ‘big stars’ from the lists of people applying for those jobs.
Berry concluded that from the outcome on those questions would depend the future of their life and the prospect of Arizona State. Even though for a long period of time Arizona economy was build on the construction, computer industry and aerospace, there is a gap between high – level jobs and those that are for the entry level, Ioanna Morfeissis from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council said for Berry’s story on the middle class in Arizona.
Morfeissis concludes that the change in the economy redefined the life of many citizens in Arizona and forced people to change their standard and the way of living. According to Morfessis, midlevel jobs “are being merged, eliminated or not even created. Different economic studies show various opportunities for Arizona economic recovery and decrease of unemployment rates in the next four years.
In Macedonia, the country I am coming from, there is a social gap among the population. The burden for the state is high unemployment rate and the level of informal economy. According the data of Rating Agency from Macedonia, about 10% of the population in Macedonia belongs to a privileged group, 27-30% in the group of poor population (according to the criteria of the World Bank), and 50-60% in the “so – called middle class”.
One message is important. The economy needs its chance for a promotion of new jobs that will make this social gap smaller. A student from Macedonia like Bishop might have the same story. What is the solution? Jobs and creativity can lead to more stable economies.