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L.A. Times Updates Social Media Rules

Russ Stanton issues new guidelines for newsroom.

Updated guidelines for Los Angeles Times newsroom employees using social media emphasize that just about anything posted online will be viewed as reflecting on the newspaper’s credibility and reputation.

"Your professional life and your personal life are intertwined in the online world, just as they are offline," Times editor Russ Stanton and assistant managing editor Henry Fuhrmann wrote in a memo to employees. "Attempts, for instance, to distinguish your high school friends from your professional associates are fine, but in all spaces one should adhere to the principle that as an editorial employee you are responsible for maintaining The Times’ credibility."

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