How to mix the personal & professional?
I sit on the Social Media Panel of the Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Committee. And we’re looking for comments on an issue I’ve been thinking a lot about …
If you’re a journalist over 35, an employer likely told you not to post campaign signs on your lawn, attend public rallies or sport bumper stickers. The advice was meant to portray you — and your employer — as independent and without bias.
But online media challenge that perspective. Social media advocates argue that trying to separate one’s personal and professional lives online is a lost cause. Journalist and community engagement advocate Steve Buttry argues: “Most of the Twitter world mixes business with pleasure. Building walls means you won’t understand how Twitter works.”
Others argue that revealing one’s assumptions and values publicly is a badge of integrity. According to media researcher and consultant David Weinberger, “transparency is the new objectivity.”
Can the perception of objectivity be achieved in the age of social media?
- What guidelines should journalists follow in maintaining personal blogs?
- Should they care who they friend or follow on Facebook and Twitter?
- What about joining social media groups or accepting badges for participation?
What do you think?