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‘I need rules’

Jonah Lehrer says he still intends to pursue writing

In his first public appearance since revelations of fabrication and plagiarism derailed his career last year, science writer Jonah Lehrer... More

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

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A weakened Washington Post, a serious ethical breach

Erik Wemple hits his own paper for hopping the wall between ads and news

Erik Wemple breaks a huge media-corruption story for the Washington Post, and unfortunately for his employer, it's about the Post... 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

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Bloomberg News’s deepening China problem

Chairman’s remarks raise serious questions about the news division’s mission in a key market

Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg LP, spoke with perhaps more candor than he intended in responding this week to... 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

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Girl’s foul-ball injury raises a question: When should the media withhold a name?

News organizations in Atlanta abide by a family’s request

MIAMI, FL — When a 6-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul ball and seriously injured during... 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

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Must-reads of the week

How to write a trend piece, a hotline for ethics, and mapping violence against journalists

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... 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

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ONA prepares a DIY ethics code

The Online News Association is working on a crowdsourced ethics code project

The Online News Association is working on "Build Your Own Ethics Code," a toolkit to help news outlets, bloggers, and... 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

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The AP was right to fire Bob Lewis

He needed to wait for a response from his piece’s target, and he didn’t

Many journalists are outraged the AP would fire its longtime Virginia capitol reporter over one serious mistake that was retracted... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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