New York Times journalists have been handed new social media guidelines to ensure its reporters aren’t perceived as biased online.
Issued by executive editor Dean Banquet on Friday (13 October), staff have been advised to read the new guidelines “closely” and “take them to heart”.
“Many of our journalists are influential voices on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. The voices of our readers, listeners and viewers inform and improve our reporting,” Baquet wrote. “But we also need to make sure that we are engaging responsibly on social media, in line with the values of our newsroom.”
Ahead of publishing the new guidelines, according to Politico, Baquet said staff “should not be able to say anything on social media they cannot say” in the Times whilst speaking at a forum at George Washington University on Thursday.
Back in March, the New York Times said it planned to bring its journalists closer to readers by using the contents of reporters' Twitter feeds in the print edition.