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Journalism Ethics

'Live' Murders in Virginia Show Need for Greater Training of Journalists Before They Go 'On-Air'

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2015 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

Joe Little of ABC Channel 10 News in San Diego had it right. He saw no need for media analysis when it came to Vester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, who murdered two people and injured a third on air as his camera rolled. He quickly sent the footage to social media.

Desperately Seeking Trustworthy News

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.04.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Maybe I'm desperate for trustworthy news and progress in that direction, but possibly good news surfaced recently that I missed on first reading. F...

The Perils of Native Advertising

Shannan Adler | Posted 07.31.2015 | Media
Shannan Adler

The Times and most other major publishers take care to label these ads as "paid posts," so as to try to preserve the editorial credibility of the paper and to honor its responsibility to readers. But no one should take much comfort in the (small) fine print.

NPR Updates Ethics Code To Include Journalists Employed By Acquired Programs

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.27.2015 | Media

National Public Radio has expanded its code of ethics to include those employed by acquired programs, the news organization's ombudsman, Elizabeth Jen...

'The O'Reilly Factor' Ratings Soar Amidst Controversy Over Host's War-Reporting

Reuters | Rick Kissell | Posted 02.26.2015 | Media

LOS ANGELES ( - "The O'Reilly Factor" has long been the most popular program in cable news, and the controversy surrounding host Bill O'Re...

Boston Bombing Libel Suit Settles: New York Post's Shoddy Reporting Leaves Legal, Ethical Lessons

Clay Calvert | Posted 12.03.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

Despite the settlement, at least two legal lessons can be taken away from the case: 1) Sensational tabloid covers, replete with screaming headlines juxtaposed next to photographs, can indeed be defamatory; and 2) tiny cover-page disclaimers won't always get tabloids like the New York Post off the hook.

The New York Times Legacy, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked about the legacy of The New York Times —and the honor of being its first female Executive Editor—Jill Abramson spoke with pride as she ...

The US Press and Russia: A Tortured History

Jean Folkerts | Posted 05.26.2014 | Media
Jean Folkerts

A look at one nugget of Kansas history suggests that we should regard national media analyses of Russia's claims in regard to Crimea and Ukraine with a great degree of skepticism.

New Poynter Book Re: Journalism Ethics

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Craig Newmark

I really just want news I can trust. Turns out that what we have now are a lot of ethics codes and policies, but very little accountability.

With Robert Sietsema's Departure, The Village Voice Loses A Voice of Integrity

Cathy Erway | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Cathy Erway

In an age of bloggers, Yelpers and Instagrammers, in which everyone has the means to add their two cents, it's easy to see the need for a higher order of food criticism.

Disgraced Journalist Jonah Lehrer Talks About His Misdeeds; Wants to Earn Trust

Paul Raeburn | Posted 04.14.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

Standing beside a large screen displaying brutal comments on Twitter, the disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer today delivered a talk that seemed to be aimed primarily at rehabilitating his writing career, rather than offering any insights on his journalistic misdeeds.

Media Coverage: Who's Covering Whom?

Karen Dumas | Posted 04.06.2013 | Detroit
Karen Dumas

Ethics on every level are best upheld when there is oversight. If it works for corporate leaders, the general public and government officials, it should also work for those in the media. Self-supervision has rarely proved objective or effective.

The Horrific Picture From the New York Subway

Edward Wasserman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Great news photos often come with a moral taint. Maybe it's the gaze they enable, the way they distill misery, desperation, injury, sorrow into mere spectacle. We look, but we're torn by contradictory impulses: To witness, and to avert our eyes.

Do We Have Sufficient Social Media Rules for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers?

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 02.09.2013 | Media
Scott B. Piekarsky

As an always continuing student and expert in the area of ethics, I feel that our rules and laws are too general, vague and non-specific for the Internet age.

Craig Newmark's big issues for craigconnects in 2013

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Nothing I do is altruistic the way I look at things; it just feels right. A nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do.

New Poll Reveals Dismally Low Rating For Journalists

Posted 12.03.2012 | Media

Another poll released on Monday revealed the public's less-than-warm opinion of the press. A new Gallup poll on perceived honesty and ethical stan...

How About News We Can Trust?

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.29.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Me, I just want news I can trust. Sure, I'm not in the news industry, and have no idea how to fix the problem. However, maybe we can get a good start regarding what might be the worst of ethical abuses.

Restoring trustworthiness to news

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.22.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Hey there, folks, I'm speaking at the Poynter Journalism Ethics Symposium today. I gave my speech a little earlier, and this is what I talked about: ...

The 'Live TV' Suicide: Forgive Shep Smith, But Boycott Buzzfeed

David Shuster | Posted 11.30.2012 | Media
David Shuster

In my 23 years in journalism, I've never seen a self-proclaimed "news organization" do anything so obscene, despicable, and shameful. I'm not referring to Fox News. No, I'm talking about

Lessons for the Young Libertarian Journalist

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 11.18.2012 | Media
Brian LaSorsa

Beyond the censorship and ostracism politicians will create, libertarian journalists need to remember the one factor that is equally important to evading political regulations: winning public opinion.

NYT Public Editor Presses Journalists, Editors On 'False Balance' | Margaret Sullivan | Posted 11.16.2012 | Media

IN journalism, as in life, balance sounds like an unassailably good thing....

Poynter Conference on Journalist Ethics: Let's Jump the Gun

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.16.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

I've wondered what's the deal when you can see that a reporter knows when he's being lied to, but says that he has to "leave it there" and throw it back to the anchor. That reinforces the lie.

National Journal Bans Controversial Practice

Posted 07.23.2012 | Media

The National Journal said on Saturday that it would no longer accept quotes from sources that demand to tweak and approve statements before publicatio...

What's Wrong With 'Plagiarizing' Your Own Work?

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

At first blush, reusing worthwhile work seems not only permissible but beneficial. Plus it's common. Still, rank and file journalists were outraged.

In Support of Affordable Health Care

Megan Riesz | Posted 08.27.2012 | College
Megan Riesz

Yes, we journalists have a responsibility to deliver news in a way that encourages our readers to think for themselves. But like our more vocal counterparts, we, too, succumb to our convictions.