Tag: ethics

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Last year was one of challenging questions for media in the airing of graphic video: from Fox News’ decision to air a brutal video of a pilot being burned alive by ISIS to a 60 Minutes package on the aftermath of a sarin gas attack to dash-cam footage of the shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago […] more »

by Meagan Doll

Algorithm journalism is now available for everyone. A beta version of Wordsmith, a program that creates journalism from data, was made available by Automated Insights on its website in October, the company announced. But one of the world’s largest news organizations already uses the software to automatically generate some stories – and its standards editor said the […] more »

by Lindsay Palmer

As France mourns the recent attacks on its civilians in Paris, politicians from the U.S. and Europe have expressed their solidarity with a nation still reeling with loss. The November 13 shootings that unfolded at six locations in Paris were undeniably jarring for the people of France, as well as for their supporters in Europe […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

As student protests over diversity concerns at the University of Missouri led to the resignation of two top administrators this month, the story drew national attention. Yet the historic nature of the protests dimmed almost as soon as it hit our screens, muted by a controversy over journalists’ access to the protestors’ encampment and the […] more »

by Sonia Paul

The headline of a New York Times’ compilation of user-generated content reads: “The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief,” showcasing the power of eyewitness video. On the flip side, some of the tweets that erupted last summer, when the video of ISIS members beheading freelance journalist James Foley surfaced, show the […] more »

by Sarah Granger

We stood in the corner by a window. She turned slowly and looked around before leaning in toward me, admitting that yes, she was a ghost blogger. It felt like a moment from a spy movie. This was seven years ago. Fast forward to this past summer in a busy convention center hallway, where I […] more »

by Stacy Forster

The best and most successful strategies for building a brand have been those that include storytelling, with content that consumers actually want. Storytelling about brands is more important than ever with the rise of content marketing, which crosses journalism, public relations and advertising and aims directly at consumers. What is content marketing, and how do […] more »

by Darlena Cunha

In June, I was putting the finishing touches on a longform story about protecting ecosystems from climate change. After weeks of reportage and three rounds of edits, the publisher was set to green-light my 2,000 words. My editor just needed a few final details that would describe the ideas of the lead scientist I profiled […] more »

by Dale Blasingame

When two WDBJ journalists were murdered on live television last week near Roanoke, Virginia, the ethical debate over “how much is too much” in terms of coverage was never more evident. This is an increasingly more and more complex decision that falls on the shoulders of journalists, which is nothing unusual. But these days, technology […] more »

by Josh Stearns

When we talk about transparency in journalism we tend to discuss it in terms of the people and institutions we cover, or as an alternative to unrealistic notions of objectivity. However, transparency can also be a tool for fostering deeper community engagement with journalism, and a fundamental part of how we make the case for […] more »