Commonsense journalism blog

It’s the work of Doug Fisher, a journalism prof at University of South Carolina. An observation from the Poynter “convergence conference” he’s attending:

Out of the ethics discussion came one “ah ha” moment: While convergence gives us more freedom, it also might well limit our independence. Consider a case where you, as editor, have qualms about a story, but one of your convergence partners wants your reporter on air? Sound easy to say “no”? What about if the GM of that broadcast station calls your publisher or, worse, the group VP, and says, “Hey, we’re paying thousands of dollars into this partnership” … etc. Sound so simple now?

Something to think about.

Link via BONGmeister Charley Stough.