The J-Lab at American University's School of Journalism has released a lengthy report looking into the "New Ethics of Local Journalism." While old media have existing ethical codes and standards, some formal, most informal, and frequently challenged, emerging local journalism efforts emerging from an increasingly narrowly defined focus and the development of new media forms and outlets are finding themselves confronting new situations and challenges that often pose ethical questions. This report starts collecting some of these issues and challenges journalists, editors, and managers face in the still-evolving frontier of local journalism and new media. These are presented and examined from ethical perspectives, before presenting sets of "key takeaways" that more-or-less serve as ethical guides.
The report's available online through the J-Lab website (at http://www.j-lab.org/tools/learning/ethics), as a downloadable PDF file, or you can buy a printed version.