The creator of Regret the error, an American website which writes about ethics in journalism, posted an interesting blog
the principles that underpin ethical behavior in the profession, and how journalism ethics can and should evolve.
Rather than focusing on the usual concepts of accuracy, transparency and accountability, I found myself thinking more about humility, honesty, fairness, empathy and vulnerability.
I attempted to address the human aspect during my panel by using a word that rarely shows up in discussions about journalism: vulnerability.
Humans connect through vulnerability. News organizations should show vulnerability in order to connect, says @craigsilverman #PoynterEthics
— Erica Berger (@GoodBerger) October 23, 2012
To admit your errors is to show vulnerability. To show vulnerability is to enable yourself to be really seen. Our flaws are what connect us, not perfection. It’s true for humans, and that’s why it’s true for journalists and news organizations.
If we as journalists don’t own up to our mistakes, we don’t seem human and break trust, @CraigSilverman #poynterethics
— Meghan Peters (@petersmeg) October 23, 2012
Some of the links from the symposium are worth a read, too.