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credibility

The news media is a pillar of democracy: it informs citizens about issues in the public interest and acts as a watchdog over the powers that be. Consequently, journalism plays a significant role in emerging democracies.

To play this role effectively, however, news media need to stand out as credible and respected sources, and to be credible they need to be accountable. As highlighted in Tunis at the WAN-IFRA Arab Free Press Forum, after years of propaganda, it is difficult for newly-free publications to establish themselves as trustworthy sources of news, particularly when facing competition from blogs and social media.

Ethics are a cornerstone for a credible and professional news media environment. As reported by BusinessGhana, media practitioners and associations in the Cote d'Ivoire recently adopted a new code of ethics for journalists at a forum in Abidjan.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2012-02-29 19:06

The Huffington Post UK has launched a new 'Inspiration' section on its site which will enable brands "to communicate directly with prospective consumers via video, blogs and social media," announced a press release from AOL.

Its first focus is a cross-platform package in conjunction with other AOL properties to promote Iceland as a year-round tourist destination. As the press release says, the 'Inspired by Iceland' campaign, sponsored by Promote Iceland and Iceland's government, is "the first Europe- wide marketing campaign that fully integrates a comprehensive suite of AOL advertising products, content and platforms."

There are other posts on the page that are unrelated to the Iceland effort, and HuffPost UK editor-in-chief Carla Buzasi said that the Inspiration section is dedicated to "all things inspirational." Food will be a theme over the next few days, then careers and lifestyle, with participation from both HuffPo's journalists and bloggers.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-02-24 13:58

The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest newspaper, has announced the appointment of its first ombudsman.

As Craig Silverman reported for Poynter, citing an internal memo from the paper's editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, Sylvia Stead will be the first Globe and Mail public editor, starting on January 23rd.

Stead is currently an associate editor and has been with the paper for many years, serving in a variety of roles from national to executive editor.

"The creation of this position is a major step for the Globe to make us more transparent and accountable to our readers, and to continue to build our most important asset -- credibility -- in the Canadian market," Stackhouse wrote in the memo reported by Poynter.

Newspapers' conduct has recently come under scrutiny as the rapid changes that technology is making possible and some recent bad behaviour by the media - the UK phone-hacking scandal to name just the most famous example - are posing extra challenges to press credibility.

Accountability is a key concern for newspapers on an ethical level but also on a more profane business one: readers buy newspapers they trust and recognise as a credible and legitimate source of news.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2012-01-18 16:45

Timu is a Swahili word which means "team:" team being the core principle of the new platform the Italian <ahref Foundation recently launched.

Timu is a publishing platform for crowdsourced information and its main feature is to apply a common research method which is then recognised by a specific icon that websites and blogs can display in their homepage, to declare they are following that method.

The Timu hallmark is an assessment of a shared working methodology based on the core standards for high quality information: accuracy, impartiality, independence, legality.

This means providing accurate information, facts and data, being as impartial as possible, publishing a disclaimer for any possible conflict of interests involved in the article or in the subject of the article, acting in the shadow of legality and respecting fundamental liberties as well as privacy rights.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2011-12-15 16:23

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