Ethics in the News
From mental health to cost of out-of-state travel, relevant abortion stories go beyond political back-and-forth
Justice Thomas wants Court to revisit standard that makes it difficult for public figures to win libel cases
Physicians for Reproductive Health offers guidance for “accurate and compassionate” reporting on abortion
News outlets reminding journalists of established rules forbidding them from expressing views on abortion
Experts say an ethics conflict should have prevented Savannah Guthrie from interviewing Amber Heard
NY Times tells staffers of recently acquired The Athletic they can no longer publicly post political beliefs
USA Today removes 23 stories; reporter accused of fabricating sources, attributing quotes to wrong persons
Fox News, the leading cable news network, skips broadcast of prime-time hearing on Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Propaganda masquerading as news stories often looks real and confirms biases of some who read it
CNN: Supreme Court demands law clerks’ phone records during aggressive investigation of draft opinion leak
Diversity in the News
Ethnic press still feeling effects of pandemic: 4 Nepalese newspapers in New York City scrap print editions
Trans content creator delivering news to young LGBTQ audiences through streaming platform Twitch
Abortion coverage should be produced with nuance and context and include diverse perspectives
Ex-Fox News host Melissa Francis gets $15 million settlement over claim of lower pay than male counterparts
Sale of conservative Spanish-language talk radio station to 2 Democratic Latinas concerns listeners, hosts
Applications open for Holden Diversity Fellowships that provide up to $3,000 to enroll in training programs
4-day conference to celebrate impact of black-owned media outlets during Juneteenth weekend in Tulsa
New wave of diverse, inclusive leaders focuses on guiding coverage while reforming newsroom culture
ESPN executive Dave Roberts wants the network to be a model for diversity and industry hiring practices
USC Annenberg and Paramount create scholarship to assist Latinx students earn journalism master’s degree
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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