Today the Public Media Alliance (PMA), in collaboration with the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office, launches new Social Media Guidelines for Caribbean Journalists and Media Practitioners.
Social media can’t be ignored and it can no longer be an afterthought, it is now an integral part of the output for any 21st century media house. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, are all platforms where citizens seek information and news. To survive and thrive, established media companies need to embrace social media platforms as an intrinsic part of their daily editorial, production & commissioning processes. Public broadcasters and established media houses have a reputation for trust and credibility, these new guidelines ensure that journalists use the same principles when using social media platforms.
The Public Media Alliance [formerly the CBA], has a long tradition of producing editorial guidelines for broadcast journalists. Many of the basic rules still apply to social media but new media technologies also require new rules and guidance. With funding from the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office and RJRGleaner Communications Group and support from the CBU, the PMA has worked with media professionals in the Caribbean to develop new guidelines for social media use by professional journalists.
These new Social Media Guidelines were initially developed during a three-day workshop, supported by the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office, with inputs and feedback from media professionals and organisations in the Caribbean. “Adopting a clear set of agreed and published guidelines will aid in the protection of media professionals, media companies and social media users”.
The PMA have frequently been asked for guidance as new technologies are evolving the way public service broadcasters communicate with their audiences. It is to meet this demand that these guidelines have been produced. The hope is that the Guidelines will help new and existing broadcasters in the Caribbean to identify the essential ways in which public service broadcasting and its characteristics can be preserved and strengthened, within the context of emerging technologies and social platforms.
These guidelines will be published as a soft copy, available via the PMA website
To be effective they will need to be updated on a regular basis to reflect the fast-evolving media landscape. The PMA welcomes feedback and comments via firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jasmine Chandler
Projects & Membership Manager
Public Media Alliance