Internet Editorial Ethics
How do you become an expert in journalistic internet ethics? Would you like to take part in creating recommendations for internet ethics for editors and journalists of online media in South East Europe? David Brewer, the lead trainer in this highly interactive program, will combine education employing face-to-face workshops and e-learning. Final date for applications: 26 May 2008.
Duration: The program lasts eight months and includes two three-day face-to-face workshops, while the rest of learning will take place online using MOODLE or Wiki platform. The first workshop will be held on 23-25 June 2008 at Mediacentar Sarajevo. The dates of the second workshop in the program will be agreed upon with participants.
Location: Mediacentar Sarajevo, Kolodvorska 3 (www.media.ba)
Final date for applications: 26 May 2008
Who is the workshop designed for: Editors and journalists of online editions of broadcast and print media in SEENPM member countries: Albania (1 candidate), Bosnia-Herzegovina (5 candidates), Bulgaria (1 candidate), Croatia (2 candidates), Hungary (1 candidate), Kosovo (1 candidate), Macedonia (1 candidate), Moldova (1 candidate), Montenegro (2 candidates), Romania (1 candidate), Serbia (1 candidate) and Slovenia (1 candidate).
Working language: English
Why should I apply:
In the past, broadcasters and publishers have controlled mass media communications via the printing presses and broadcast airwaves. The Internet now empowers every man, woman and child with online access to become a publisher. However, the Internet is bringing the two together through the concept of 'citizen journalism,' as well as various other forms of interactivity used by mainstream media to ‘engage the audience’. This offers fresh challenges and raises new ethical issues for media operations broadcasting online or receiving submitted content from an online audience.
The course will examine in what way commonly accepted journalistic ethics are tested by the Internet and will look at the pitfalls facing journalists publishing on the Web. The workshop program will be practically-oriented and, among other things, real-life examples will be presented where journalistic integrity and editorial ethics are tested by the Internet.
Following the face-to-face session the participants will write a paper on what they see as the ethical challenges presented by gathering and presenting news online and engaging with the online audience and publishing material produced by an online audience.
What will I learn:
* how the Internet demands fresh vigilance regarding issues such as truth, accuracy, impartiality, fairness, privacy, taste and decency, offence, incitement, editorial independence, accountability and authenticity
* what are the online challenges for journalistic ethics, regional and international variations
* how to protect sources
* concepts such as ‘The Global Common’, ‘Freedom of Expression’ and ‘Privacy’ will be examined and the implications these have on Internet ethics will be interpreted
* what traditional media operations must do to harness the opportunities offered by the Internet to further enhance understanding, inform the public debate and engage the audience
* issues such as the following will be looked at: who is responsible for policing the Internet and deciding on what is ethical or not and what is the role of the media in this.
During the eight-month program, participants will pull together fresh, best-practice recommendations for Internet editorial ethics based on commonly accepted editorial norms, the fresh opportunities offered by the World Wide Web, and regional, religious and cultural sensitivities.
Lecturer: David Brewer is an international media strategy consultant, who has worked as a journalist and manager in print, radio, TV and online. He was one of those who set up and launched BBC News Online in 1997 and has since launched CNN.com Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNN Arabic and Al Jazeera English. He set up Media Ideas and now advises independent media in transition countries. He is a visiting lecturer in new media at the Cheung Kong Business School in Beijing and the Westminster City University London. He set up the online platform Media Helping Media to help independent media in transition and post-conflict countries and areas where freedom of expression is under threat.
Participation fee: The organizer will cover participants' travel and accommodation cost, as well as other expenses of the eight-month program.
How to apply:
Note: The process of application and selection of candidates will be carried out in their respective countries by the regional media centers listed below.
Regional SEENPM centers responsible for recruitment of participants coming from countries that need a visa for B-H will submit the following information to Mediacentar Sarajevo.
1. state and seat of Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina 2. surname, name of father, name 3. date, place and state of birth 4. passport number and validity 5. data of legal subject that the foreigner is coming from 6. Function of the foreigner due to a legal person from wich comes
Please send your CV/biography with your contact details to contact persons in charge of receiving applications:
ALBANIAN MEDIA INSTITUTE, TIRANA
MEDIACENTAR SARAJEVO Goran Todorović
Croatia:THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION OF JOURNALISTS
CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM, BUDAPEST
KOSOVO MEDIA INSTITUTE
MACEDONIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA, SKOPJE
INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM CENTER, CHISINAU
Natalia Angheli-Zaicenco email@example.com
MONTENEGRO MEDIA INSTITUTE, PODGORICA
CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM, BUCHAREST
MEDIA CENTER, BELGRADE
PEACE INSTITUTE, LJUBLJANA