Stephen Ward, director of the University of Oregon journalism school (and former colleague), writes in PBS' MediaShift that journalism needs a radical remake of its ethical framework, not a return to basics. Ward, the author of texts on media ethics, argues that journalism's changes have provoked a need for new approaches on media ecology, interpretation and opinion, activism and global democratic journalism. Rather than turn back the clock and attempt to reinstate the basics, Ward suggests new accommodations and strategies for the journalism that lies ahead.
Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, recounts the events of recent days involving the detention of his columnist's partner by U.K. authorities and of recent weeks involving the effort by the U.K. government to end the organization's reporting on surveillance efforts. The Guardian's contributor, Glenn Greenwald, has been the lead journalist on the leaks from Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency employee. Rusbridger says journalists who trust government will have a rude awakening. "We are not there yet, but it may not be long before it will be impossible for journalists to have confidential sources," he writes.
Jeffrey Toobin, writing for The New Yorker, has a quite different take on the Snowden/Greenwald issue. He argues that the legitimate debate about U.S. surveillance and intelligence activities has come at too high a cost through Snowden's leaks. Rather than view this as the cause of a great debate, he believe it has played into the hands of the enemies and has real costs.
Josh Stearns, writing for FreePress, argues there is a growing culture of violence against journalists taking shape. He points to recent examples of seemingly casual comments (a Tweet against Julian Assange by a Time correspondent, a statement by the government of Maine about blowing up a newspaper building) as evidence we take too lightly threats to journalists.