Have you been looking for resources that would ensure you write ethical and effective online content? This infographic contains a combination of reading and video materials that support activists and journalists particularly those who use a range of media technology to tell their stories online. The primary purpose of this resource is to guide online journalists and activists on issues of ethics in online writing.
- Journalists should always consider the physical and emotional welfare of eyewitnesses when communicating with them during a news event.
- Journalists should be considerate that the eyewitness may have seen something extremely traumatic and/or maybe overwhelmed by the media attention.
- When requesting permission from an eyewitness to use their content, journalists should be transparent and where possible explain where and when the content might be used. Whether it will be syndicated to other organisations and which organisations they are.
- When publishing a piece of eyewitness media, journalists should always consider the possible impact on any identifiable person in the video or photo. This also includes the potential impact on the family.
- Journalists should ask if and how an eyewitness wants to be credited for their content but should explain the potential benefits and drawbacks. It should be explained that crediting can sometimes lead to online abuse or reputational damage.
- Journalists should work with eyewitnesses to ensure that they are fairly treated and/or compensated when their photos or videos are being used to directly generate revenue.