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New Loyola University Chicago Center Debuts List of Best Practices For Bloggers

CHICAGO, September 30, 2010 — A set of best practices for bloggers and a Web site devoted to ethics online are the first major initiatives launched by Loyola University Chicago’s new Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. “Best Practices for Bloggers: Dimensions for Consideration,” housed at www.digitalethics.org, is intended to serve, both nationally and internationally, as a guideline for ethics in the digital and new media world.

Blogs have emerged as a unique and popular new media channel. They have become platforms for discussions of every conceivable topic, 24-hours-a-day, all over the world-ith a pace and reach that can have unintended consequences for users. “Best Practices for Bloggers” presents a series of questions to consider as individuals construct, update, or maintain their blog.

“What’s great about this is that it outlines best practices and offers suggestions for ethical blogging behavior, but it does it in a manner that doesn’t restrict individuals’ creativity or freedom of expression,” said Adrienne Massanari, PhD, assistant professor of new and digital media and the centers director. “The guidelines are instead created to give current and would-be bloggers some idea of the kinds of ethical challenges they will need to address at some point during their tenure.”

This set of best practices also includes guidance on determining and implementing a desired degree of transparency, attribution practices and styles, the responsibilities of blogging, and how to protect creative content, truth, and citizenship of blogs. Two-way interaction is also encouraged, as readers are given an opportunity to comment on the best practices guide, as well as any other content featured on the site.

The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, which resides in the University’s School of Communication, is the result of a $10,000 grant from Loyola’s Office of Research Services. The center has also received a $50,000 grant from McCormick Foundation to put together a conference this fall on digital citizenship and news literacy.

“People need to think about ethics in this new digital world-everything from how they behave online to what it will mean to be a citizen in a digital world,” said Don Heider, PhD, dean of the School of Communication. “I expect this center to have an impact on everything-from how we teach our undergraduate students to what research our faculty does in the coming years.”

In addition to best practices for bloggers, the new interactive Web site will feature essays and book reviews written by Loyolans and guest faculty members from across the country discussing timely topics like Facebook privacy, ethical online behavior, and more.

For more about the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, please visit www.digitalethics.org, follow us at Twitter.com/digethics, or “like” us on Facebook.

About the School of Communication
Located in downtown Chicago, one of the world’s great communication centers, the School of Communication provides an ideal setting for students looking to integrate study with practical application in the expanding field of communication. Students benefit from working with both a distinguished scholarly faculty and experienced communication professionals in journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication, and public advocacy. The school offers on-site production facilities, as well as proximity to Chicago’s vast production community, a 24-hour FM radio station, an award-winning student newspaper, and an extensive internship program.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.

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