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The American Society of News Editors has created a list of “10 best practices for social media.”  The 50-page guide was written by POLITICO reporter James Hohmann.

The guide highlights ten main points:

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  • “Traditional ethics rules still apply online.”
  • “Assume everything you write online will become public.”
  • “Use social media to engage with readers, but professionally.”
  • “Break news on your website, not on Twitter.”
  • “Beware of perceptions”
  • “Independently authenticate anything found on a social networking site.”
  • Always identify yourself as a journalist.”
  • “Social networks are tools not toys.”
  • “Be transparent and admit when you’re wrong online.”
  • “Keep internal deliberations confidential.”

In expanded sections about the ten points, the guide features case studies illustrating the point and some policies from news outlets.

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