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Thomas Kent
Thomas Kent is deputy managing editor and standards editor of the AP, responsible for standards of fairness and accuracy across the organization. He is a former international editor of the AP; news editor of AP’s World Services division; bureau chief in Moscow; chief of AP operations in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; correspondent covering NATO and the European Union in Brussels; and reporter in Sydney, Australia and Hartford, Conn. He has served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in international reporting, and is an adviser to the Ethical Journalism Network. He was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and speaks Russian, French and Spanish. He has taught and advised at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1996, and since 2001 has taught at the Harriman Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Entries by Thomas Kent

Impartial Journalism's Enduring Value

(9) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 8:38 AM

For years now, advocates of new forms of journalism have been blasting away at impartiality as a hopeless goal. They're still blasting.

At the International Journalism Festival this spring in Italy, laughter and applause greeted a speaker who declared, "Objectivity is bullshit."

Yet impartial journalism is remarkably...

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Who's a Journalist? Closing in on a Definition

(34) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 10:47 AM

The debate over "who's a journalist" is getting more urgent. Fortunately, the outlines of a definition are becoming clearer. Might some basic ethical tests help in further drawing the lines?

Once mainly a subject for navel-gazing at journalism conventions, the defining-a-journalist debate has now moved dramatically into the field of...

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A Whole New Kind of Journalism? A Dissenting View

(17) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Is journalism as we know it on its last legs?

Some think so. But the evidence is not convincing.

In journalism conferences and blogs, the last-leg school has been gaining currency in the past few months. Its proponents argue that the basic transmission of information has become a cheap commodity...

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