All posts by ethicsadviceline

A Path To Public Trust

A path to public trust: The Guardian’s editor-in-chief tells Julia Belluz that America needs the press.

“We can’t count on the judges in a way we could,” says Alan Rusbridger. “Congress is not doing its job. The checks and balances we thought existed in society are not there, and it’s only the press we have now. And the public are so willing to support the work of journalists and acknowledge the importance of what we do — but we have to be as good as they want us to be.”

 

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The Problem With Native Advertising

The problem with native advertising: It’s paid advertising that looks like legitimate staff-written content and deceptive, writes Joshua Carroll.

“The commotion over the sponsored pieces raises questions not just about the ethics of native advertising, but about news providers’ broader relationship with governments.” It’s also called advertorials and used in digital marketing.

 

Media Jumping to Conclusions

Media jumping to conclusions: The story about an encounter between Covington Catholic students and a Native American elder went global, and many in the media got it wrong.

“What responsible journalists do in such instances is exactly what they did here,” writes Kelly Hawes. “They keep reporting. They keep asking questions. They keep searching for the truth. When they’re wrong, they admit it. And they set the record straight.”

 

Justifying Photos of Death

Justifying photos of death: New York Times photos of a terror attack on a Nairobi hotel, leaving 21 dead, were called distasteful, writes Eyder Peralta.

The Times responds that “it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this,” adding that the pictures were not sensationalized but give a real sense of the situation.

 

Vanishing Media Ombudsmen

Vanishing media ombudsmen: The Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists laments the loss of sharp-eyed ombudsmen and media writers like Margaret Sullivan.

“You’d think an ombudsman would be most useful in a time of change, especially in a time of budget-cutting and layoffs — just to be sure the public interest is served, and the quality of journalism is strong,” says a story in AdviceLine’s archives.

Cloud Cyberattacks Growing

Cloud cyberattacks growing: Businesses can fail to identify risks and control them, writes Aseem Rastogi.

“While cloud service providers are responsible for protecting the cloud infrastructure,” he writes, “customers must monitor other vulnerabilities as attackers will look for easy targets…. Integrated or unified solutions that provide visibility across the organization’s services could be the best defense.”