Is it ethical for journalists to “friend” sources on Facebook or LinkedIn?

In this video, Sree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs & professor at the Columbia Journalism School, answers my question about whether it’s ethical for journalists to friend sources on social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn. Sreenivasan was speaking at a workshop on social media tools and tips hosted by the Online News Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Sreenivasan has posted many useful social media resources.

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4 responses to “Is it ethical for journalists to “friend” sources on Facebook or LinkedIn?

  1. Ellen Rossano

    Great video! My answer was the same even after I watched it-yes, but with boundaries. I talk to more journalists on Twitter than FB or LinkedIn, so I don’t really thing of them as “friends.” I would connect on LinkedIn because it’s more corporate. I actually haven’t been using FB recently, but I do check all the photos that tag me.
    I subscribe to the theory that there’s no such thing as “off the record,” so I treat tweeting with journalists the same way.

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