Ethics and Credibility of Breaking News Online

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April 15, 2010 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Ethics and Credibility of Breaking News Online
Originally Broadcast On:
April 15, 2010
Time Estimate:
One hour

This Webinar is $9.95 for members of APME and CNA. Watch your member e-mail to get details about the discount. APME members also may contact Sally Jacobsen at: To contact the Canadian Newspaper Association about the discount, send e-mail to:

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In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

Don't just be the first to break local news digitally. Ensure that your readers get credible stories. Learn best practices in managing tough decisions when publishing breaking news to your Web site, Facebook page, Twitter account or pushing it out to mobile devices. Confront issues of credibility and ethics. Know the importance of aligning your newsroom’s standards with the expectations of your readers. And understand how digital delivery affects traditional news standards and values, and how to manage your newsroom moving forward.

Editor of the Sioux City Journal, Mitch Pugh, will discuss the results of the APME Online Credibility Project and the Sioux City Journal: Breaking News Without Breaking Trust. He'll explain why and how the Sioux City Journal developed an ethics policy devoted to breaking news and guide you to create your own.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to identify critical and ethical issues editors grapple with in breaking news situations
  • How to explore issues that might crop up in a real-life breaking news situation
  • Learn about the kind of decision making online breaking news require
  • Learn what kind of critical questions you need to answer in order to create your own online breaking news policy
Who Should Take this Course:

Journalists who manage online breaking news stories.

This Webinar is part of the Online Journalism Credibility Series, developed in partnership with Associated Press Managing Editors (APME). The Webinars are the outcomes of projects by six newsrooms as part of APME’s Online Credibility Project and funded by grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and APME Foundation. The series is also developed with the support of the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA).

Course Instructor:

Mitch Pugh

Mitch Pugh is the editor of the Sioux City Journal, a 40,000-circulation daily newspaper in northwest Iowa and one of Editor & Publisher's "10 That Do It Right" in 2009. Prior to his tenure in Sioux City, Pugh was a managing editor for the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He has also served as an editor and writer for news operations in suburban Chicago and Denver.

Training Partners:

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is an association of editors on the forefront in setting ethical and journalistic standards for newspapers and in the battle for freedom of information and the First Amendment.

Canadian Newspaper Association

The Canadian Newspaper Association is a non-profit organization, representing Canadian daily newspapers (English and French) with circulations ranging from 1,500 to almost 500,000 per day.

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