New York Times Memo: Reporters Must Have ‘Neutrality and Fairness’ on Social Media

By Paul Crookston

The New York Times on Friday released new social media guidelines for its reporters, requiring them to avoid any actions that would lead to perceptions of bias or otherwise damage the paper’s reputation.

The new guidelines apply to all social media platforms, public and private, and include stipulations about political objectivity, sharing stories in a one-sided manner, joining partisan groups, and more. The memo states that it only adds further detail to the policy that reporters do not damage the paper’s credibility.

“If our journalists are perceived as biased or if they engage in editorializing on social media, that can undercut the credibility of the entire newsroom,” the memo reads.

“We’ve always made clear that newsroom employees should avoid posting anything on social media that damages our reputation for neutrality and fairness,” it adds. “This memo offers more detailed guidelines.”

The memo puts a primary focus on taking political sides, which the Times says it seeks to prevent in order to maintain a sense of objectivity.

“Our journalists should be especially mindful of appearing to take sides on issues that the Times is seeking to cover objectively,” the memo reads.

The new document could be a helpful response to members of the …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon