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Media Ethics

Britain Once More Eyes Regulating Its Press

Edward Wasserman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The idea of "regulating" the news media plays quite differently on the two sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S. it's unthinkable. But in Britain the notion that news media need grownup supervision is widely held and periodically attempted.

On Ethics, the Imperiled Printed Word and the News

Jerry Lanson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Media
Jerry Lanson

I've long looked to The New Yorker as the gold standard for meticulous, thoroughly vetted, contextual journalism. So it came as a surprise last week when the magazine published an item on "The Cost of College" without clearly identifying the writer as the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Media Silent When Administration Targets News Sources

Edward Wasserman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

When President Obama addressed the American Society of News Editors convention last month, the real news was what didn't happen. The watchdogs didn't bark.

Cruelty and Truth-telling in the NFL

Edward Wasserman | Posted 06.24.2012 | Sports
Edward Wasserman

Inside the question of whether gratuitous mayhem is a strategic element of pro football is a question of a different kind. It involves former Saints standout Steve Gleason and a filmmaker, Sean Pamphilon, who's making a documentary about Gleason's struggle with ALS.

Watergate's Lessons for the New media Age

Edward Wasserman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Watergate was a towering moment of heroism, an episode of legendary stature in which journalism's foundational purposes were triumphantly validated and a drift toward despotism was stopped, all thanks to a single-minded dedication to the craft of determined reporting.

Flawed Pleas for Overlooked Causes

Edward Wasserman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

In the news have been two unusual stories, both of them exposing outrageous abuse of innocents abroad, neither one broken by what we normally consider the news media.

If You Cover Wall Street, Should You Take Their Speaking Fees?

cjr.org | Posted 05.20.2012 | Media

Gillian Tett, the US managing editor of the London-based Financial Times, is "sharp" and "glamorous," according to a 2010 profile by The Daily Beast. ...

News Of The World Endangered Murder Investigation: Former Cop

Posted 05.19.2012 | Media

LONDON (AP) — A retired police officer on Monday accused the News of the World tabloid of endangering a murder investigation by hiring ex-special fo...

Scotland Yard 'Graded' Journalists On Their Coverage, Reporter Says

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 05.15.2012 | Media

LONDON — London's Metropolitan Police Service "graded" reporters on their coverage of the agency, a senior crime journalist for The Sun tabloid ...

On Behalf of the 1%, the Best Bargain Since Manhattan

J.H. Snider | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
J.H. Snider

Unmentioned is that the payroll-tax cut bill, by bipartisan agreement, sets in motion a much larger transfer of public assets to the top 1%.

Sex, Lies and the Teen Pregnancy That Never Was

Edward Wasserman | Posted 04.15.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Gaby Rodriguez was a 17-year-old high school honor student in Yakima, Wash., when she hit upon an imaginative senior project on teen pregnancy. She would declare she was pregnant.

Anonymous Sources Welcomed At Leveson

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Media

LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court says reporters can give evidence to a media ethics inquiry anonymously — rejecting a bid by a newspaper publish...

Burying Iraq, Again

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Our country isn't unique in making war needlessly, but we may be unique in our insouciance. Attention really should be paid. After all, destroying another country is a big deal.

Judge: Student Journalists' Emails Must Be Shared

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

A Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University must turn over some 500 e-mails that student journalists at the school exchanged with...

The Fight for Truth and Justice

Simon Cohen | Posted 09.28.2011 | Media
Simon Cohen

Can you imagine if Lois Lane published a misleading, misinformed, sensationalist headline like "'Al Qaeda' massacre -- Norway's 9/11"? She would be sacked straight away.

Let us not allow 'a Gay Girl in Damascus' to discredit all blogging

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.20.2011 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

It was clearly the moment traditionalists and new-media sceptics were eagerly anticipating; for as soon as it emerged that the blog known as 'A Gay Gi...

Media Double Standard Furthers Islamophobia

Jehan S. Harney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jehan S. Harney

When iconic journalist Helen Thomas said that Jews should leave Palestine and go back to where they came from, she was being forced to retire abruptly...

Journalistic Ethics Code: How to Use it to Defend Yourself

Jonathan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Bernstein

What I want to do here is to give anyone dealing with unethical journalists an invaluable tool that can be used, now, for mitigating damage.

Reading the Pictures: Please Stop, Anderson. Just STOP.

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-01-21-pull.jpgAnderson Cooper: please stop with your sensationalist and self-promoting tendencies.

Jason Linkins

Internal WaPo Newsletter With Charles Pelton Interview Disappears From Web

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apparently, WaPo editor Marcus Brauchli was lying "when he told the NYT that he didn't know the paper's controversial corporate-sponsored dinner parties would be off-the-record." And guess what else?

What Did Washington Post Editor Know About Salons -- and When Did He Know It?

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

The New York Times carried a rare Postscript in Saturday's paper, raising questions about whether it is charging the top Washington Post editor, Marcus Brauchli, with not telling the truth.

Arab Countries Aim to Improve Journalism Education With UNESCO's "Model Curricula"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab countries are making strides in trying to improve journalism curricula, but still face strictures, obstacles and challenges to press freedom as w...

Ambassador Verveer on Congo's Rape Crisis: Unspeakable Brutality and Highly Emotional Encounters

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Ambassador Melanne Verveer leads the charge against the heinous atrocities in the Congo.

Media Literacy 101: The Ethics of Photoshopping a Shirtless Obama

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

2009-04-21-20090421WashingtonianOba.jpgSaid Leslie Milk, Washingtonian magazine's lifestyle editor, "I know we changed the color of his suit to red, and dropped out the background."

WorldNetDaily's Birth Certificate Fraud

Terry Krepel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Terry Krepel

Until Joseph Farah and WND come clean and tell the truth, they cannot be trusted as a credible news source. If it can't reconcile its own reporting, why trust anything else it publishes?