Are bloggers and citizen journalists unethical?

Are bloggers and citizen journalists unethical?

Posted Feb 06, 2011

Bloggers and citizen journalists are often accused of—and exposed to opportunities for—unethical behavior. In today's world of digital publishing, it's very difficult to know who's really reporting, how their reporting is funded, and whether or not the information they present is accurate. If you thought Bill Cosby was dead last August, you know what I'm talking about.

Typically, this is the part of my blog post where I'd share the results of some snazzy new research that helps answer the question I posed in my title. Today, however, you're in for a special treat—you get to be part of the research.

You're hereby invited to participate in a university research survey that will will gather information about the perceived ethical standards of professional journalists versus citizen journalists and the general public. I need responses from the general public as well as those of you who dabble in blogging, citizen journalism, or reporting the news through social media. Everyone is eligible for participation.

Participation in this survey should take 5-10 minutes of your time. The survey includes 3-4 basic demographic questions, 19 opinion questions, and two ethical scenarios. Submissions will be accepted until Feburary 8, 2011. Results will be published here at's You 2.0.

(NOTE: This research survey has no direct affiliation with nor endorsement from Psychology Today nor Sussex Publishers.)

Click here to take the survey.

Thanks in advance. Next post: How to make your joke go viral on the internet.

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