Journalism in the digital age аnd the role of media self – regulation

Volume 1 | No 1 | June 2022
Marina Tuneva

Abstract

The general public has a genuine interest in the quality of news reporting. However, journalism does not meet these expectations quite often. Media self-regulation has an important role to play in monitoring news media professional performance and in reaction to breaches of professional standards, by simultaneously protecting freedom of expression and press freedom, even more so in the digital age. Massive flow of journalistic content is produced and shared digitally, including the use of social networks, which raises the question of accountability and objectivity of information in this new era. The aim of this paper is to explain the potential impact of media self-regulation in the digital age, especially in the context of the frequent use of social networks by news media in reaching out to different audiences. One of the potential influences of solving information disorder is to build audiences’ skills of critical analysis and approach to information. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to both study the practical implementation of media self-regulation in the digital age and the methods of use of media literacy in the critical understanding of information online.

Keywords:

Self-regulation, disinformation, digital era, ethics, media literacy