Part 1: Do we need a code of ethics?
Journalists are expected to follow a code of ethics, such as:
Yet, even if we’re not doing local journalism, we are dealing with information and telling real stories of our community.
If we’re not careful, the way we tell those stories could cross into unethical territory.
Listen to part one about ethics in podcasting.
Homework before scrolling down to Part 2
Listen to episode 256 of 99% Invisible. Sounds Natural explores the making of nature documentaries.
Read the RTDNA guidelines for ethical video and audio editing.
Share your perspective on the story I shared in this episode. You can do that at the Podcast Local Community Center.
Share an ethical dilemma you faced and the choice you made (optional, but appreciated).
Part 2: Ethical Editing
Digital editing is powerful. It can make you sound amazing and enhance your message.
But editing is so powerful it can change the meaning of your message and distort truth.
So edit responsibly.
How do you do that? Start by listening to this episode
Additional insight into the power of editing
Listen to these episodes to understand the power of editing
99% Invisible. Episode 256. Sounds Natural. *Spoiler alert* I talk about this near the end of the episode. Listen first and then come back for my perspective.
Pulling Back the Curtain from On the Media. This is how conversational radio is made.
Editing for a living?
If you love editing, join the Podcast Editors’ Hangout on Facebook. You’re welcome to join whether you edit podcasts for a living or just your own. If you like talking about editing, we want to talk with you!
Previously on Podcast Local from OnTheGo.FM
Tell the news of your community (Podcast Local episode 12) featuring journalist and professor Butler Cain talking about principles of journalism for local podcasts. By the way, this is good advice whether your podcast is journalistic or not.
What do you think?
Continue the conversation in the Podcast Local Community Center on Facebook.