Ethics in the News
Buffalo gunman cited racist conspiracy theory Fox News host Tucker Carlson helped push into mainstream
Zeynep Tufekci to lead Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Security at Columbia University
Will Politico journalists get swept into investigation of Supreme Court draft opinion leak despite lack of crime?
Kelly McBride: Outdated rules stifle newsroom discussions on how to capture complexity of abortion debate
Conservative media focus more on leak of Supreme Court draft abortion opinion than its implications
Politico editors might assuage any ethical concerns over its Supreme Court scoop by explaining backstory
Washington Post journalist Philip Bump: ‘The media needs to be proactive about rising to its own defense’
Groups condemn sheriff for intimidating reporter over story about an attempted inmate abuse cover-up
Sitting on news to sell books: Journalists are saving first drafts of history for history books they author
Roy Peter Clark: Redefined view of objectively allows journalists to stray from neutrality, but not too far
Diversity in the News
Buffalo shooting victim Katherine Massey wrote for Black-owned newspaper; last column about gun violence
Journalist and historian Jelani Cobb to begin new role as dean of Columbia Journalism School on Aug. 1
Some news media call 18-year-old Buffalo shooter teenager; same-age black male suspects often called ‘men’
Seattle Times reexamines racist coverage of Japanese Americans forced into internment camps 80 years ago
Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun on hiring, retaining Black talent: View diversity and inclusion as business strategy
Behind the collapse of Black News Channel: ‘We were literally building a plane and flying it at the same time’
Women tell researcher they see harassment, attacks as part of the price they pay for being female journalists
Five steps for creating a diverse, inclusive newsroom from someone who leads one, YR Media CEO Kyra Kyles
First two Black women in White House press corps, Ethel Payne and Alice Dunnigan, posthumously honored
Managers of underrepresented journalists should give them assignments that allow them to learn new skills
The Wall Street Journal recently published a letter from former President Donald Trump that contained debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. The New York Times last year published a column from U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton that misstated some facts. The Times posted a lengthy note to the column stating it did not meet its standards. How should news organizations treat opinion submissions that contain factual errors?
May 13, 2022 • Top Story
After nearly 20 years of interviewing designers, coordinating photo shoots and identifying fashion trends, Houston Chronicle fashion editor and writer Joy Sewing yearned for a change. “I was really trying to leave,” said Sewing, a native Houstonian. “I felt like I’d done all I could do in the fashion realm that I had. I felt I needed another challenge.” Then police killed George Floyd. “When George Floyd happened, I think a lot of journalists, particularly Black journalists who may not have been focusing in a big way on issues of race, kind of felt like they had to speak up,” Continue Reading
April 14, 2022 • Top Story
Steve Schulz’s social life often led him to downtown Minneapolis, where he’d attend ball games, go to the theater or just have drinks with friends. Since he was there so much, he decided to sell his house in the suburbs and get an apartment downtown, where he could walk to his favorite hangouts. Shortly after he arrived in 2019, the coronavirus shut down the city and police killed George Floyd, leading to numerous downtown protests, some of them ending with riots. There were other issues: noise from drag racers, more frequent sirens, more protests, more riots and rising crime. Continue Reading
February 17, 2022 • Top Story
Both the jury and judge who considered Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against The New York Times concluded she did not prove her case. That means news shops will continue to enjoy the high legal standard that’s rarely met by plaintiffs attempting to prove libel.
February 16, 2022 • Top Story
Jeff Zucker’s departure from the network he led has been big news. But media executives and newsroom managers who strive to produce journalism with high ethical standards should take note of a passing detail in the events at CNN that preceded his leaving. CNN guidance that would have prevented former host Chris Cuomo from interviewing his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was waived during the early days of the pandemic, apparently with Zucker’s support. Zucker resigned Feb. 2, saying he failed to report a consensual relationship with a close colleague, CNN Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gollust (who has Continue Reading
December 21, 2021 • Top Story
In the 18 years since Jayson Blair was caught plagiarizing and fabricating his way through stories he wrote for The New York Times, public awareness of journalistic missteps has increased and the need for journalists to consistently adhere to high ethical standards has become even more critical.
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