Reporting On Hostage Situations

Media told to stay out of hostage situations: Michael Williams reports on a TV station’s Facebook contacts with gunman who kills four children and himself.

“The best practice is to report the situation from a distance,” says an ethics expert.

 

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DOJ Seizes Reporter’s DATA

DOJ seizes reporter’s records: Pete Vernon takes a cautious stance on the justice department’s seizure of a New York Times reporter’s records.

“The press freedom issues raised by the case aren’t new, and they aren’t limited to the current administration,” he writes.

 

Paying Sources Akin To Paying For Sex

Paying sources akin to paying for sex: Canadian editor Erica Lenti argues for reconsidering the staunch rule against paying sources for information.

“What’s important — for editors, writers and all journalists in this countryh (Canada) — is to make considerations and break the rules when they need to be broken,” she writes in This Magazine, a Canadian political publication based in Toronto.

Americans And The News Media

Americans and the news media: The Media Insight Project finds the erosion of Americans’ trust of news media is a failure to communicate.

Many Americans think what they see in the news media looks largely like opinion and commentary. The project is a collaboration of the Associated Press, the American Press Institute and the AP-NORC Center.

News Exhaustion

News exhaustion: Laura Hazard Owen writes that “pretty much everyone is exhausted by the news.”

A new Pew Research Center study shows that news fatigue is more common in those who follow news less often and those with lower approval of news media. Seventy-three percent of white Americans express news fatigue, higher than Hispanic and black Americans.

Suicide Coverage Best Practices

Suicide coverage best practices: Kelly McBride reports that the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain prompt a look at best practices in reporting on suicide.

Suicide is not a natural or logical outcome of adversity, she writes. “Instead, include a message of hope: Recovery is possible. In fact, most people who think about suicide do recover.”

Following The Money

Following the money: Mya Frazier reports that an obscure accounting rule change allowed an alert reporter to discover how millions of dollars were siphoned from public services through tax breaks.

“Although Statement 77 was not intended as a tool for the press, the new disclosures have become a font of valuable information for journalists,” she wrote.

Doubts About AP Poll Guide

Doubts about AP poll guide: David W. Moore casts doubts on new chapter in the AP stylebook on reporting election poll results.

“My sense is that however well intentioned, they will have little effect on how much coverage is given to polls,” he writes. “As superficial as it might be, we all want to know who’s winning the horse race.”