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Society of Professional Journalists

How to Restore Trust in News

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.25.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

It's hard to trust the news overall when many major stories are ignored by news outlets. It's hard to trust the news when the press does so little fact-checking.

Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.

Journalists Reportedly Assaulted By Police During Eric Garner Protests

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media

Members of the media were reportedly assaulted by police officers Saturday while covering protests in Berkeley, California, the Northern California ch...

A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.19.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.

Journalism Groups Want Obama To Stop These Frustrating Practices

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media

Journalists called on President Obama on Tuesday to end practices that limit their communication with federal agencies. Thirty-eight journalism an...

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.

Shouted From The Rooftops

Brad Reid | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Brad Reid

What is the social and ethical responsibility of both professional media (journalists) and individual commentators?

Mayor Bloomberg Defends NYPD's Handling Of Press During Raid

Posted 12.09.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg is still defending the NYPD's raid on Occupy Wall Street in November. In two separate incidents this week, the Mayor addressed cri...

Journalist Group Calls For End To Use Of Controversial Terms For Immigrants

Posted 11.30.2011 | Media

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) voted on Tuesday to recommend that newsrooms across the country discontinue using the phrases "illegal a...

Flawed Earthquake Report a Bullwhip On the Backs of Haitians

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

In this age of public relations ploys masquerading as news, and personal and political agendas disguised as newsworthy "leaks," it is imperative that readers, writers, and editors apply critical thinking before jumping onto the information bandwagon.

Journalism Organization Ends Helen Thomas Award

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

INDIANAPOLIS — The board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists has voted to retire a lifetime achievement award named for long...

WATCH: Megyn Kelly Compares Calling 'Illegal Immigrants' Undocumented To Calling Rape Nonconsensual Sex

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Megyn Kelly made a curious analogy on Fox News Wednesday afternoon when criticizing a Society of Professional Journalists column calling for the media...

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.

Kentucky's Ultimate Watchdog Journalist

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

In April, Al Cross is being inducted in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. No one worked harder or longer to gather all the nuances of a story than Al Cross.

30 Reasons Why Fox News Is Not Legit

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For generations, there has been a sort of a gentleman's agreement about what constituted professional behavior among journalists. Fox News has walked away from all of that.

Society Of Professional Journalists Slams NBC For Practicing 'Checkbook Journalism'

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — The Society of Professional Journalists condemned NBC News for practicing "checkbook journalism" by chartering a jet that carried a N...

A Tale of Two Universities

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

My thinking is, if Quinnipiac is going to show such contempt for its own student journalists, journalists around the country should start ignoring their polls.