Last nights Foster Foreman Conference put things in perspective for me, journalistically wise. I’ve come to the realization of 2 things,
1.) technology is changing, so keep up but get up as well.
2.) “your ethics are your ethics.” -DB
Dean Baquet referred to today’s technology as a positive and negative for journalist. Unlike past years, your voice-opinion-message-story can spread to a mass audience in a timely manner – thus increasing chances of information being fabricated-exaggerated-incorrect due to lack of reporting and fact checking. Baquet’s message was clear; get off the internet and actually report (use multiple sources) and seek truth for the absolute best outcome in reporting.
Also, a young female student asked Mr. Baquet something along the lines of – How should he react ethically if he decides not to publish a story but his competing publisher does. Baquet replied with “your ethics are your ethics” and I completely agreed with his assertion. Your values are the same no matter whose involved or where it takes place. A journalist who reports for self incentives (money, power) has different ethics from one who reports for ethical incentives (informing public of truth).
Baquet’s credibility is impressive but his words were humbling. Thank you Dean Baquet for the perspective.