Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age

October 23, 2012
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


Tuesday, October 23

9:00 am EDT Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age, Opening Remarks     Watch On-Demand
J. Max Robins, vice president and executive director of the Paley Center for Media, Karen Dunlap, president of The Poynter Institute, and Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, open the Paley Center's Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age conference.
9:15 am EDT Pew and Poynter: Media Ethics Landscape in Digital Age     Watch On-Demand
Kelly McBride, a senior faculty member of The Poynter Institute, and Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center, discuss the changing landscape of media ethics in the age of the Internet.
9:30 am EDT Shirky & Others: Finding Truth in Era of Digital Media     Watch On-Demand
Clay Shirky, a professor at New York University, Steve Myers, deputy managing editor of The Lens, Adam Hochberg, an instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Craig Silverman, author of "Regret the Error," discuss whether or not the media can find the truth in the new era of digital media.
11:00 am EDT Will Digital Media Space Ever Reflect Our Communities?     Watch On-Demand
Eric Deggans, TV/media critic of the Tampa Bay Times, Ann Friedman, a freelance editor and writer, and Monica Guzman, a columnist for The Seattle Times, discuss whether or not America's communities can be truly reflected in the digital media space.
1:13 pm EDT Social Media: How Non-News Platforms Shape Democracy     Watch On-Demand
Stephen Buckley, the Dean of Faculty for The Poynter Institute, Gilad Lotan, vice president at SocialFlow, and Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Entrepreneurship, discuss how Twitter and Facebook shape the news and democracy.
2:45 pm EDT Media & Power of Storytelling: What People Want and Need     Watch On-Demand
Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News, Danah Boyd, senior researcher at Microsoft Research, Tom Huang, an editor at the Dallas Morning News, and Kenny Irby and Kelly McBride, senior faculty members at the Poynter Institute, discuss the evolution of storytelling in the media.
4:00 pm EDT New Ethics of Journalism: A Guide for the 21st Century     Watch On-Demand
Tom Rosenstiel and Kelly McBride talk about the new ethics of journalism in the 21st century.
4:30 pm EDT Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age, Closing Remarks     Watch On-Demand
Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Co., offers closing remarks for the Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age conference.

About this conference

The Paley Center for Media, in partnership with the Poynter Institute and craigconnects, will gather some of the most influential leaders and thinkers from the world of journalism on Tuesday, October 23, to discuss their ideas on the subject of Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age. Participants will propose a new set of guiding principles for journalists and other content creators concerned with democratic standards of truth in online journalism. The day-long symposium will give these journalism leaders an opportunity to test the ideas they are contributing to a new Poynter publication on digital journalism ethics.

  • Clay Shirky, writer, consultant and professor
  • Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer, NBC News
  • Ann Friedman, writer and editor
  • Eric Deggans, Media Critic, Tampa Bay Times
  • Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, Columbia University
  • Tom Huang, Sunday and Enterprise Editor, The Dallas Morning News
  • Monica Guzman, Columnist, The Seattle Times
  • Steve Myers, formerly of Poynter and now Deputy Managing Editor at The (New Orleans) Lens
  • Danah Boyd, professor and Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

The forthcoming book will be co-edited by Kelly McBride, Poynter's Senior Ethics Faculty, and Tom Rosenstiel, founder and director of Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

For more information on the Paley Center for Media events, visit