So far, our collective effort has resulted in a draft code of ethics. Please use the comment section to comment on this code of ethics.
What should be changed, eliminated and/or added?
Draft code of ethics-disclosure- statement of principles Rough Draft
This blog is part of Professor Bastiaan Vanacker’s Digital Media Ethics course taught at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago Spring 2010. The instructor and the sixteen students are responsible for the content of this blog. Students are required to post one blog entry every two weeks and to read and comment on each others’ comments. Other visitors to this blog are welcome and encouraged to comment on the various blog postings.
Students are graded for their blog contributions. Grading criteria are communicated to the students but refer to the frequency, relevance, and structure of blog postings, not to their specific content, which is entirely up to the students and is not a representative of the position and opinions of Loyola University. Each contributor is responsible for his or her content only.
Students were given the liberty to use an alias or pseudonym when writing or commenting. Even though we recognize that accountability is an important value, some students voiced concern about being forced to publicly post something under their own name on the Internet as a condition to receive a good grade in this class. In an educational context this is a valid concern. However, all contributors are members of this class and all contributors commit to maintain high ethical standards when contributing to this blog. Any comments or concerns can be left in the comments section or emailed directly to the instructor at: bvanackerATluc.edu
When a video or picture could reasonably be considered to be offensive to some, we will provide a disclaimer when linking to the offensive content.
We will follow copyright laws and always give credit to pictures taken from elsewhere.
We will not re-use photos on which we don’t own the copyright unless we have the permission to do so.
We will use pictures and videos to illustrate, not to shame or ridicule.
We will to the best of our ability try to assess the reliability of information before posting it or providing links to it.
If we feel certain content may not be appropriate for publication we will discuss its publication with the other authors of this blog before posting it. If we decide to indeed publish the content we will explain our rationale to our readers.
Blog posts are not edited by the instructor or anyone else before they are posted. If we make a mistake, we will fix it. If the fix merely consists of editing for grammar and style or to clarify a point, the editing will not be visible to the readers. If the correction is because a factual error was made by the author, the editing will be done in a way that makes it clear that the original text has been edited. (strike out)
We will cite our sources.
We will clearly distinguish fact from opinion in our writing.
We will carefully proofread.
We will be each others’ editors.
We will keep our blog up to date.