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    The New Media Ethics: Why it’s morally more hazardous to own social media than an old newspaper

The New Media Ethics: Why it’s morally more hazardous to own social media than an old newspaper

In the final part of his examination of media ownership, George Pitcher concludes that social-media operators can’t operate in a moral vacuum

In last week’s blog, I traced a continuum of meanness between the old press barons, such as Lord Beaverbrook, and the new media owners, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Both kinds were and are fabulously […]

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September 26th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|
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CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, Washington, USA - 10 Apr 2018
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (R) takes his seat to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on 'Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 10 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Gallery

    The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

In his third blog on the ethics of journalism, George Pitcher compares the personal morality of the media leaders of the past and present.  Read his previous posts here and here.

Do media owners or leaders have a moral compass?  And, if they do, does that compass have a magnetic north, in the sense of an ethical ideal to which […]

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    The New Media Ethics: What the virtuous journalist (or politician) can learn from Aristotle

The New Media Ethics: What the virtuous journalist (or politician) can learn from Aristotle

George Pitcher traces the philosophical roots of human character and argues that new technologies mean we have lost a capacity for journalists to develop their own practices and ethics.

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September 13th, 2018|Featured, Journalism, Trust|0 Comments|
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    The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

This article by journalist George Pitcher is the first of a series looking at journalism and ethics.

A big problem with calling out journalism for a decline in its ethical standards is that it can imply there was ever a golden age in what used to be “Fleet Street”. It’s a romantic fantasy of Old Journalism, viewed through ink-tinted spectacles. […]

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September 6th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Newsgeist Lisbon: what are we talking about when we talk about quality?Gallery

    What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means?

What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means?

Quality is the key word for journalism right now, but it can mean nothing.

At a recent Google Newsgeist conference in Lisbon of 150+ journalism and tech people it threaded its way through the conversations about how ‘good’ journalism can survive and thrive in an age of misinformation, competition and distraction. Here’s some thoughts sparked by that gathering.

Most of us […]

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