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Absence of Malice (1981)

When bad journalism kills

When I was a student in journalism school, in the beginning of my first semester, one of the professors of... More

News of the World and U.S. Media Culture

I was asked an interesting question earlier today by a BBC producer who wanted to know about the American angle... More

WSJ Column Raises Ethics Issues

Last week, Ira Stoll took issue with Dennis Berman's column on SharesPost and SecondMarket, on the grounds that Berman lied... More

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A reporter is fired; colleagues quit in protest

The Hudson Register-Star reporter refused to include information in his story

On November 8, Tom Casey, a reporter at the Hudson Register-Star, a community paper in upstate New York, wrote an... More

Another Cozy TV-Hospital Partnership

Will the practice ever end?

Once more, a large hospital system has climbed in bed with a friendly TV station to promote high-end services, using... More

Bloomberg, Uncovered

A news organization that won’t report on itself

Gothamist flags this gem down deep in a Bloomberg News story on its new Billionaire's Index: Bloomberg News editorial policy... More

Heartland, Gleick, and Media Law

Experts weigh in on leaks and deceptive tactics

When, if ever, are deceptive tactics legally or ethically permissible in journalism? An old debate over that question has raged... More

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It’s about the rider

Sports reporters flex their scientific muscle in Armstrong doping coverage

The decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles after he refused to continue fighting claims he... More

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Journalism ethics in a digital age

A Poynter conference this week provoked good discussion but presupposed an old definition of journalism

On Tuesday, in the midst of wonky Poynter conference dialogue about how to reimagine journalism ethics for a digital age,... More

No, Actually, News of the World Won’t Happen Here

In a recent spasm of radio and TV interviews about #hackgate the last couple weeks, everyone wanted to know whether... More

NPR Rethinks Its Reporting

Will “he said/she said” go away for good?

Last week, NPR released a new ethics document that the blogosphere announced would end the “he said/she said” reporting the... More

POWs, Dead Dictators, and Journalistic Ethics

Would any journalist have turned down the opportunity to interview Gilad Shalit?

The young Iranian prisoner was no more than fourteen, still caked with a thick layer of dust from the battlefield.... More

Risk Reporting 101

What journalists should know about hazards and exposure

During my years as a daily TV journalist in Boston, I covered a seemingly endless string of risks: from the... More

The Ethics of Social News Apps

I don't know about you but my Facebook feed has gotten creepy and cringeworthy these days, and it's thanks to... More

UPDATED: Beck’s Blaze Comes To NPR’s Defense (Sort Of)

I spoke on a media roundtable today on a San Francisco public radio station about the NPR/Schiller(s) controversy. Before we... More

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UPI shirks responsibility

Raeburn takes wire to task for cribbing from Science News

The plagiarism, or problematic paraphrasing, parade continued on Thursday as several reporters from Science News complained on Facebook that the... More

When Journalists Take Money From Wall Street

Many thanks to Paul Starobin for getting to the bottom of the question of journalists being paid by Wall Street... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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