Social media policies in leading mainstream news organisations

Curated list of public-facing social media policies available in Australia; Britain; Canada; Ireland, Italy, Spain and the U.S
*The guidelines must be publicly available online to be included*

1. ABC Australia Exhaustive and excellent Older version

2. Agence France Presse  Updated version Older version

3. AP Guidelines (2013) Detailed advice on retweets

AP revised Guidelines (2022) Update May 2022  

4. BBC 2020 guidance / Virtue signalling

BBC 2019 guidance / Be aware of risks

BBC 2015 guidance / Don’t do anything stupid

5. BuzzFeed 

6. CBC Canada Updated 2017 – new link added 2019

7. CAJ Canada Last updated 2011

8. CHANNEL 4 n/d

9. CNN – goes to a pdf download

9. ESPN Must for aspiring sports journos Updated 2017 

10. Globe and Mail  Updated 2017

11. Guardian (UK) 2022

12. IPSO UK Independent Press Standards Organization Updated 2016

13. LA Times  No public update since 2009

14. La Stampa, Italy English translation (c/o Alessandro Cappai) Updated 2016

15. New York Times Updated 2017

16. NPR Updated 2021

17. Reuters 

18. RTÉ 2022 much more specific

RTÉ  2013 – very general guidance

19. RTDNA No date

20. SKY News 2014/2015

21. Washington Post Last updated 2011  Article about proposed (and contested) changes 2017

22. Wall Street Journal 2009 Memo to WSJ Staff 2017

AEJMC social media panel San Francisco 2015

2015-08-06 08.45.02We had a strong crowd (despite the 8.15 am start!) for our  AEJMC panel which shared ways to engage the digitally active students in the professional use of social media.

1. Seeing What They Tweet Prof. Kelly Fincham @kellyfincham

Facebook How to download Facebook data
Docteur Tweety  Tool to download Twitter lists

2. Global connections and social media Dr Bill Silcock @DrBillASU

Links to come

3. Effective use of LinkedIn Dr. Donica Mensing @donica

Slideshare presentation The Ugly Duckling of Social Media

Snapchat advice Chris Snider

4. News-inspired Spotify playlists  Prof. Jake Batsell @jbatsell

Slides News inspired playlists 

Assignment Spotify assignments

End Product Texas Tribune Playlists



Kelly Fincham is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University and teaches social and online journalism in the undergraduate and graduate program.
Her research explores the intersection of social media in journalism practice and curriculum and she has contributed two chapters to recent books on social media as well as articles at Poynter and Education Shift.
She founded Hofstra’s award-winning student news site, Long Island Report drawing on my experience as the founding editor of IrishCentral. com, the industry-leading U.S.-based Irish web site.

Bill Silcock is the Curator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program at Arizona State University and the Director of Cronkite Global Initiatives. He was twice selected as a Fulbright Scholar (Ireland, 1992, Sweden, 1997). A co-authored of books including “News Now: Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age” his focus is clearly global. Dr Bill has taught workshops for 500 journalists in 20 nations and produced journal articles in the field of TV news, media ethics and war coverage. His latest co-authored piece challenges traditional gatekeeping theory with a new focus on visual images. An award winning documentary film maker he’s taught TV news, media ethics and journalism history at Brigham Young, Missouri and now at Cronkite.

Donica Mensing is Associate Dean at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses in participatory journalism, social media, and basic reporting and writing; keeps an occasional blog and tweets at @donica. She is interested in the changing role of journalism in a networked society and how journalism schools can and should respond to these changes. She co-edited Journalism Education, Training, and Employment and led a complete curriculum redesign at the Nevada program.

Jake Batsell is an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s Division of Journalism in Dallas, where he teaches digital journalism and media entrepreneurship. His book, Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally Empowered News Audiences (Columbia University Press, February 2015) examines the changing relationship between journalists and the audiences they serve. Batsell, previously a staff writer for the Seattle Times and Dallas Morning News, spent the 2013-14 academic year at The Texas Tribune in Austin as part of a Knight Foundation fellowship to research best practices in the business of digital news.

Data basics for new or student journalists

First: Catch your data! Here are some places to fish for data

Extract your data from horrible PDFs and/or scraping

Tidy your data

Google/Open Refine Download here

Use the Power Tools add-on in Google to make cleaning columns a breeze.

Visualize your data (work in progress)




Random links


La Stampa social media guidelines – English translation

See the original in Italian

WEB NOTES Anna Masera


Handbook for the use of social media

Guidelines in La Stampa: a starting point


This draft of “social media policy” back in January 2012, when I was appointed Social Media Editor at La Stampa. We kept internally as a reference point, but on popular demand we have decided to publish it, because it’s not a secret document and is a work “in progress” that can benefit from the contribution of everyone, even those who are reading from the outside. So we accept your comments in the acceptable limit, below: I will analyze them all carefully and I will take it if it will be constructive to adjust the throw and update those who want to be simple guidelines for teamwork, while respecting the individuality of each.


All reporters for La Stampa are encouraged to have an account on social networks and are encouraged to experiment with and use them for work. They are now an integral part of everyday life and innovation that is permeating the papers. It ‘s a new land and we are all invited to participate in figuring out how to use it. For this reason, these guidelines will be updated and changed often, and it is welcome contributions from everyone. With social networks every journalist has one more chance to express themselves professionally and the newspaper to become famous.

However, since the activity of interaction and socialization of a newspaper reporter who is on social networks bring into play the image of the head, you need a handbook of behavior.


1) The reporters for La Stampa that want to use social networks on behalf of the newspaper will be included in the pages of the website. In this case, La Stampa provides legal assistance, after joining these guidelines

2) The reporters for La Stampa are required to identify themselves as such if they are using their profiles to work (and not just for personal interest).

3) The information must be given first to the newspaper, paper or digital.

4) A proposal rejected paper edition because it is considered not appropriate to the editorial choice of the newspaper, will of course retain the same inadequacy even on digital platforms.

5) And it’s forbidden to divulge on social media news that La Stampa has not yet published, no matter in what format (eg. Anticipate articles coming the next day at newsstands). Exceptions are cases where there is an explicit choice of the direction of promoting content for the newsstand in advance.

6) And it’s forbidden to publish in your profile material properties of La Stampa or confidential information (for example,. Internal business letters, and press releases CoR).

7) It’s good to link the content of La Stampa rather than copy and paste the content on your own personal pages (especially without a link to the source).

8) It’s good to keep in mind that whatever you publish on the Internet is likely to be permanent and can be tracked by search engines in every single word even many years after publication.

9) The reporters for La Stampa on social networks should be aware that any personal information they reveal themselves or their colleagues may be associated with the name of La Stampa.

It is now known that nothing is truly private on the Internet: so you have to be careful with with privacy settings  (for example on Facebook) Instructions will be provided in regard to those who required it.

10) The reporters for La Stampa must keep in mind that expressing any opinion on social networks may damage the reputation and credibility of their newspaper. It is recommended to apply common sense and professionalism.

It’s good to always declare that the views expressed are personal, but it is good to keep in mind that negative talk can reflect badly on the journalists – public squabbles on social media are highly discouraged.

When you interact with the public on social networks and in the space reserved for the comments in the blog is good practice to thank when criticism is correct and respond promptly to the wrong ones to restore the truth, but always with education: even when the interlocutors are nothing short of rude.

If journalists are victims of attacks by “trolls”, you are invited to notify the company, and – in the meantime – to ignore them.

How shrinking technology is shrinking barriers for journalists


The fall semester is just about to start and I am rewriting my syllabus *again* to reflect the fact that journalism has changed *again,* since the last time I rewrote it in the spring. In fact, I have rewritten the syllabus every semester since starting teaching in 2008 to try and keep my students as up-to-date as is humanly possible.

This semester there will be an even greater emphasis on learning how to learn, learning how to work in teams, and learning what needs to be learned to work in post-industrial journalism. We will specifically work on projects involving words, sound, images, social, coding, data and interactive video.

All change

My background is writing and design for print and the web. But I now know enough about audio and video editing to be proficient enough to train journalists in web video. I won’t be putting anyone at CNN out of a job any time soon but I do know that I could not have done this 20 years ago. Or even 10 years ago.

The incredibly shrinking technology that makes iPhones possible has also shrunk the barriers in journalism. Journalists used to train and work in distinctly separate areas because the money, hardware and technology needed for print, TV and radio made it impossible for one journalist or one news organization to do everything.

The iPhone (and its counterparts) have fundamentally changed the process of journalism in ways that are still only becoming clear. There is even a field guide to mobile reporting from the grad school at Berkeley

Thanks to smaller technology it IS possible for a single outlet to publish on multiple platforms. It is also possible for a single journalist to write their own scripts, shoot their own video, take still shots and capture great sound.

This is why we work with everything in JRNL 80. Journalists are expected to know how to use an iPhone (or similar) to capture images and sound and make their content searchable and sociable.

Oh yes, and you’re also expected to know how to write for publication.

Let’s get started shall we?!