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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

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

Bloggingheads

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

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