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Local News Outlets Coalesce for Responsible Journalism

Published May 8, 2013, 12:23pm -

Image source: Håkan Dahlström

Reporting news about Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, Riviera Nayarit, Jaltemba Bay and surrounding areas, has changed dramatically in the past few years. A constantly increasing number of news websites and blogs is now available to the general public, all attempting to rise above others when it comes to web ranking and capturing reader interest. But when it comes to trustworthy reporting in which the information is handled fairly, not everybody plays by the same rules.

“Some of us spend a considerable amount of time crafting a news story from scratch, doing research, conducting interviews, and complementing it with original photographs, only to see it reproduced elsewhere without consent,” commented Vallarta Lifestyles Managing Editor, Paco Ojeda, who has frequently spotted his work—and that of others related to the publishing house, reproduced in other’ websites, without permission. “We want to promote the best there is in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas, and appreciate the importance of spreading news as effectively as possible. But striving to develop expertise in writing is not the same thing as developing copy/pasting skills.”

Ojeda is not alone in this quandary. Joined by Allyson Williams of www.jaltembabaylife.com, Allyna Vineberg of PV Mirror, and Mariano Montes de Oca of www.pvpulse.com, the group has founded Responsible Journalism, a loosely-organized coalition of local news outlets and websites, with the commitment of sharing local news responsibly, as far as copyright and fair use are concerned.

Other news outlets are welcome to join the organization and benefit from networking and exchanging important information about Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Jaltemba Bay and surrounding areas. But they must abide by the organization’s principles, which are clearly displayed in the footer of the websites mentioned above. “Rather than entering a debate about what constitutes fair, unfair or ‘educational’ use, we have decided to be respectful of each other’s material, and simply do what is morally correct, when it comes to sharing or spreading information,” added Montes de Oca.

Aside from creating awareness among the general public, Responsible Journalism is planning on developing outreach programs in local schools and universities in order to help educate future journalists. For more information, please feel free to contact any of the organization members. New members are welcome to apply by checking the organization's principles in any of the websites listed above.

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