Opinion In The News

Opinion in the news: It’s a split decision when RAND looked at media objectivity, reports Laura Hazard Owen.

Journalism became more subjective over time, she writes. But it depends on the type of journalism.

“Newspapers reporting remains much as it was before the Web — but both TV and online news rely more heavily on emotion, personal experiences and argument.”

 

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Poynter Deletes List Of Unreliable Sites

Poynter deletes list of unreliable sites: Poynter Institute says it “messed up” in calling 515 websites unreliable without checking the facts, reports Sydney Smith.

“These lapses are surprising given Poynter’s reputation and position as a vaunted journalism education organization,” writes Smith. Poynter admitted using lists compiled by others. Blames “methodology.”

 

Parting Company With Facebook

Parting company with Facebook: Journalists working with the giant tech platform is a Faustian bargain, writes Mathew Ingram: “The benefits of doing business with Facebook don’t begin to outweigh the ethical compromises required to do so.”

Ingram asks: “How much of what you are doing serves (Facebook’s) interests rather than yours, or the interests of journalism, or society in general?”

 

Community Asset Newspaper

Community asset newspaper: The Salt Lake Tribune is seeking Internal Revenue Service approval to become a nonprofit community asset supported by donations, writes Tony Semerad.

The move by the 148-year-old privately owned publication would mark the first attempt by a legacy U.S. daily to switch to nonprofit status as advertising plunges, according to Semerad.