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New Standards for a New Era of Journalism

Trust in traditional news sources is at all-time low. Trust in new start-up newsrooms is even lower. Why is this? Old media is working with an old set of ethical standards. Everyone else is making up their standards as they go. In October, Craig Newmark (yes, that Craig Newmark) and Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute are gathering the top thought leaders in journalism to write a new set of Guiding Principles for the 21st Century.

Craig and Kelly will discuss the findings of the symposium, possibly joined by other participants.

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  1. Why are traditional newsrooms still struggling with getting out accurate information in the digital environment?
  2. What's the role of bloggers, entrepreneurs, and citizens in ensuring journalism returns to a healthy state, able to support democracy?
  3. What should news consumers do to ensure they are getting the best information and supporting the best forms of journalism?
  4. What are the new ethical standards in journalism?
  5. How can news consumers influence journalists and bloggers to adopt this new set of standards?



Kelly McBride, Senior Faculty, The Poynter Institute

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