The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Uh-oh. What with Wein­er­gate and all, the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of News Ed­i­tors pines to con­trol the tweet­ing, blog­ging, Face­book­ing hordes of jour­nal­ists who can be at their best or worst when run­ning ram­pant on­line. The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which rep­re­sents the nation’s news­pa­pers and jour­nal­ism schools, has is­sued a “best prac­tices” guide for press use of so­cial me­dia.

The group’s 10 edicts: “Tra­di­tional ethics rules still ap­ply on­line. As­sume ev­ery­thing you write on­line will be­come pub­lic. Use so­cial me­dia to en­gage with read­ers, but pro­fes­sion­ally. Break news on your web­site, not on Twit­ter. Beware of per­cep­tions. In­de­pen­dently au­then­ti­cate any­thing found on a so­cial net­work­ing site. Al­ways iden­tify your­self as a jour­nal­ist. So­cial net­works are tools not toys. Be trans­par­ent and ad­mit when you’re wrong on­line. Keep in­ter­nal de­lib­er­a­tions con­fi­den­tial.”

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