The Society for Professional Journalists' code of ethics has been a key to many organizations' own guides to best practices and to many journalism schools' instruction on ethics. The SPJ has been working for several months now on an updated version and has released what it calls a draft of those changes for public review and comments. There are not giant changes, mainly tweaks, and Digital First's Steve Buttry is quite critical of what he considers a more defensive than positive shift. In particular he finds it doesn't tout transparency or engage community in the way it should.
Google researchers have concluded that 21 of the top 25 media organizations have been the target of state-sponsored hacking attacks. Some of the targets have been individual journalists. Reuters reports the researchers presented their findings at a Singapore conference Friday and say journalists are increasingly taking this threat seriously and finding ways to protect their data.
Mathew Ingram, writing for GigaOm, looks at the challenges to Twitter's growth as a 140-character service. Many recent and proposed changes involve cramming as much as possible into a Tweet. Is it simply bursting at seams that will soon pop? Will it lose its appeal? How does it sustain?