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What Does the Source Say?

John P. David | Posted 03.17.2014 | Media
John P. David

If you are ever in a situation where you want to share sensitive information with a journalist, the most important rule (after calling a PR person to help you) is to set very clear ground rules about attribution before the conversation starts.

Media Ethics: Issues Raised by Michael Lewis's Obama Article in Vanity Fair

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 11.18.2012 | Media
Daniel R. Schwarz

By allowing the White House to approve quotations -- which Michael Lewis has admitted to doing for his Vanity Fair piece -- he is surrendering some of his independence as a journalist in exchange for access.

How to Read a Blog: An Update on Account of All the Lies

Ryan Holiday | Posted 10.28.2012 | Media
Ryan Holiday

They use the language of Woodward and Bernstein but apply it to a media world that would make even Hearst queasy. They us what George W. S. Trow called "abandoned shells." Why does this matter?

Do Journalists Use Enough Security To Protect Their Sources? | CHRISTOPHER SOGHOIAN | Posted 12.27.2011 | Media

BRAVE journalists have defied court orders and have even been jailed rather than compromise their ethical duty to protect sources. But as governments ...

WikiLeaks Crippled By Ex-Associates, Sources Say

Reuters | Mark Hosenball | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(Reuters) - WikiLeaks's ability to receive new leaks has been crippled after a disaffected programer unplugged a component which guaranteed anonymity ...

Media Fails in Matter of Life and Death

Lauren Ashburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lauren Ashburn

The cardinal rule of journalism is simple: Get it right or don't report it, especially when it comes to matters of life and death. But during live coverage of the shooting in Tucson this weekend, the media got it wrong over and over again.

Information From Anonymous Sources 100% Reliable, They Say

John Baxter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Baxter

They say that, as events have shown, we can rest assured the information we're getting is accurate, and that the supposed importance of identifying sources is just an old wives' tale.

"Nothing But the Truth" About the Federal Shield Law

Rod Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rod Lurie

One critic wrote that my film Nothing but the Truth, a thriller about how far a journalist will go to protect a source, goes "off the liberal rails." However, the fight to get a shield law is itself a non-partisan battle.