LAUREL to The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman for decrying the media frenzy surrounding actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death and outlining rules for covering celebrity deaths respectfully. The Daily Mail posted a video of Hoffman’s partner as she tried to organize his funeral, and another of his children crying as they left home to go to their father’s wake. In response, Freeman advised journalists to follow the golden rule, and treat a celebrity’s grieving relatives as they would wish their own families to be treated.
LAUREL to Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon for criticizing the abundance of anonymous sources in stories where it isn’t warranted. What was once reserved for sources in grave danger is now being doled out to NFL coaches who wish to speak “honestly,” journalists mocking other journalists, and people afraid of offending their rich friends. And no, fear that your friends might not like you anymore isn’t a valid reason for anonymity.
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