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A BLOGGERS’ CODE OF ETHICS

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CyberJournalist.net has created a model Bloggers’ Code of Ethics, by modifying the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics for the Weblog world. These are just guidelines — in the end it is up to individual bloggers to choose their own best practices. CyberJournalist.net follows this code and urges other Weblogs to adopt this one or similar practices: Be Honest and Fair Bloggers should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. Bloggers should: • Never plagiarize. • Identify and link to sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability. • Make certain that Weblog entries, quotations, headlines, photos and all other content do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify o

Shooting video for the Web in Iraq

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Travis Fox, a video journalist for WashingtonPost.com, has filed great footage of coalition troops in Umm Qasr, Iraq, building a prisoner of war camp. For most of his stories, Fox uses a Sony PD150, a roughly $7,000, 12-pound digital video camera with a five-hour battery. The gear is less than half the weight and one-tenth the cost of equipment used by crews for large networks. (If you're interested in how washingtonpost.com does such great multimedia work online continually, read CyberJournalist.net's Q&A with Tom Kennedy, who oversees the operations.)

Guide to the Geneva Conventions

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Now that the United States and Iraq are accusing each other of violating the Geneva Conventions in the handling of prisoners of war, journalists should familiarize themselves with the international humanitarian standards. The full texts are available online in many places, but they are long and complicated, particularly for journalists on deadline. So be sure to check out this fantastic online guide from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Al-Jazeera launches English Web site

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Arab television network Al-Jazeera has launched a long-awaited English-language Web site. After publishing graphic images of dead U.S. soldiers, the site has had trouble staying online, as it's been hit by denial-of-service attacks. When it's up, it should prove a valuable resource for journalists and readers looking for an Arab perspective on the war with Iraq.

Deliver the News with Integrated Technology

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Integrating all technology available -? including e-mail alerts, updates on the Web and a presence on television ?- serves the public, beats some competition and improves the overall quality of reporting. If you haven?t integrated your newsroom yet, here are some tips from The American Press Institute on what you can do without spending a dime.

Handy Iraq Resources

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Gary Price of ResourceShelf.com passes on these two great resources: • Speech and Transcript Center: Direct links to transcripts of statements and speeches by government and other people in the news; • Streaming Audio/Video News Page: This page focuses on direct links to broadcasters providing English language news either live or in individual segments. More useful links on CyberJournalist.net's special Iraq resources section.