|Social media and citizen journalism are powerful tools|
|Written by Philip Lee, WACC Deputy-Director of Programs|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:26|
Some 240 participants from around the world took part in two days of plenary presentations and workshops addressing the need to find credible and common values on which to base fundamental transformations in the economy, business, politics, and civil society.
WACC contributed to GEF 2012 in the form of a workshop on the ethics of social media use based on a recent survey of WACC members and invited contributions. Moderated by Alexis Kalagas (The Global Journal), a panel consisting of Philip Lee (WACC), Nathalie Labourdette (European Broadcasting Union), Amy Greber (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), and Kristine Greenaway (World Congress of Reformed Churches) explored communication ethics in the context of social media platforms, citizen journalism and its relationship with professional journalism.
Concerns about censorship, privacy and social responsibility regarding access to and use of social media point to the need to study the impact of social media further. Some of the questions identified were:
Participants in the discussion underlined the need to provide education and guidelines on accountability, media literacy and ethics; to offer adequate resources for social media practitioners including resources in multiple languages; and to explore better articulation of the relationship between journalists and civil society, especially in the context of social transformation and peace-building.
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