How should journalists use advocacy hashtags on social media?

A basic tenet of journalism is objectivity, but Folker Hanusch says social media might complicate that idea. Hanusch asks whether social media comes with the expectation that journalists will offer their own personal views, and if so, how does the use of advocacy hashtags like Australia’s #letthemstay fit into that? Hanusch writes: “Journalists who express their opinion and declare their biases may be seen as more honest, and are contributing to increased transparency of journalistic work — a de-mystification of the craft even. This would in turn allow audiences to better appreciate and understand the news they consume.”