OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
proud to add another set of best practices developed by its ethics
advisory committee to a growing canon of materials that help define and
foster good journalism.
A panel chaired by Toronto Star public editor Kathy English, media
lawyer Bert Bruser, journalism professors Tim Currie, Shauna
Snow-Caparelli and journalists Rod Link, Craig Silverman and Scott
White pulled this latest report together this fall. Evolving from and
complementing the 2010 report on 'Unpublishing Digital Content,' this latest report titled 'Best Practices in Digital Accuracy and
Corrections,' helps answer the question of how newsrooms could handle
correcting the work they've published online.
"To my knowledge, this is the first detailed guide to online corrections
issued by a journalism organization," Silverman wrote in a piece
published today on j-source.ca. "It collects the best practices in use
and also offers newsroom leaders and journalists a simple and clear set
of principle to guide their work."
The best practices recommended in the report are summarized in five
Be transparent with your online audience, telling them when you've made
an error—be it a spelling mistake or new information in a developing
Engage your readers: Ask them to point out mistakes, verify the
information they provide in correction and make this an easy process;
Be timely with your corrections;
Place your corrections with or as part of the article—there's no real
"page 2" online that mirrors the newspaper tradition when it comes to
Have the same standard for accuracy and corrections across all
platforms. If people clicked through via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or
Google+ the correction and corrected items should also be found in
"Through best practices like this set for online corrections, the CAJ
and its ethics advisory committee are helping journalists become better
at what they do by helping to define good practice," CAJ president Hugo
Rodrigues said. "Coupled with the CAJ's Principles for Ethical
Journalism, these set a high standard for online journalism that every
journalist should strive to meet."
The ethics advisory committee, formed in 2004, reports to the CAJ board of directors on a regular
basis, providing advice and direction on ethical practice for
journalists. Its 18 members represent a cross-section of media and
journalism schools and its chair Ivor Shapiro is chair of the
journalism program at Ryerson University in Toronto.
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing almost 600 members across the
country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality
professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
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