As if in direct response to my blogpost yesterday, REUTERS has announced that they are making their Handbook of Journalism available to the public online. This is a fantastic resource and a terrific act of social conscience on the part of the organization. Want more proof that they get it? Here is Dean Wright (REUTERS Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards) talking about why they decided to make the move:
“We’ve decided to make the handbook available to everyone for a number of reasons. Among them:
- Transparency: At a time when trust is an endangered commodity in the financial and media worlds, it’s important that news consumers see the guidelines our journalists follow.
- Service: As we’ve seen over the past decade, the barriers to publishing have dropped so that anyone with an idea and a computer can be a publisher. But it’s also become clear that publishers have a varying standard of truth, fairness and style. Our handbook is a good place for budding journalists to begin.
- Geography: Reuters serves a global audience and the handbook recognises the cultural and political differences that our journalists face in reporting for the world. This is a handbook not just for English-language journalists in the United Kingdom or the United States, but for wherever English is used.”
It’s nice to see that some media organizations are seeing the emergence of citizen journalism and multiple communications platforms as a resource and opportunity. And kudos to Reuters for trying to raise the level of reportage and public debate both online and offline. Some print journalists do get it.
If you work at a media organization, what is your company doing to leverage its resources and position itself for longterm success?