Tag: journalism ethics

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 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 Julie Keck

1. Millennials aren’t all the same when it comes to news consumption (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) 2. NYT appoints senior editor for ‘mini startups,’ project sponsorships (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 3. WGBH to acquire GlobalPost, merge part of news team with PRI (Jon Chesto & John Newsham / Boston Globe) 4. ‘I can’t […] 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 »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

In “Radical Media Ethics: A Global Approach” I declare that the only way to rescue media ethics from sinking into oblivion is to think radically. Let me explain. We need to rethink the basis of media ethics from the ground up. The tweaking of ideas and re-formulation of rules, as seen in recent revisions of […] more »

by Tara George

At a conference of local news entrepreneurs in Philadelphia recently, speakers were sharing tips on innovative ways of making money when Jay Allred took the floor. He’s the charismatic publisher of Richland Source, a two-year-old news startup in Mansfield, Ohio, and even among the entrepreneurial crowd gathered for the Local Independent Online News Publishers meet-up, […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. When it’s OK to pay for a story (Kelly McBride / New York Times) 2. Reuters to offer free content to Web publishers (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 3. Wall Street Journal to roll out paid news app (Joe Pompeo / Capital New York) 4. The company that’s reportedly blocking ‘$6.6 billion’ of Google’s revenue […] more »

by Steve Buttry

If a technique were proven to reduce errors, don’t you think journalists, journalism organizations and journalism educators would race to embrace it? To demand that journalists follow it? To teach it in J-schools? Well, as Craig Silverman has pointed out repeatedly, the checklist is the most effective system of preventing errors, so effective that pilots […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

2014 brought us the year of My Journalism Ethics. It was the year that “personalizing” journalism ethics went mainstream. Big time. Major journalism associations, from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to the Online News Association (ONA) grappled with the problem of writing ethical guidelines for an increasingly personalized, opinionated, and politically biased media sphere. […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

How should we reconstruct journalism ethics now that a media revolution has left a pre-digital, professional consensus in fragments? That appears to be the question for ethicists and journalists who care about ethics. Yet the question is contested. Some journalists are skeptical about any attempt to forge a new practice-wide consensus on aims and principles. […] more »