Category Archives: Accountability

SF Police Sow Suspicion of Media

SF police sow suspicion of media: The heavy-handed seizure of a freelance reporter’s records and devices is a gross violation of federal rules, writes Kelly McBride.

“By continuing to argue publicly that their raid was justified, and that this particular journalist is a bad person who shouldn’t be trusted, the SFPD adds to the public confusion over the role of the press,” she writes.

 

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Philanthropy Boosts Western Media

Philanthropy boosts western media: A journalism collaboration stretching from Montana to New Mexico focuses on rural issues and Native American stories, writes Christine Schmidt.

A partnership started in 2015 aims to make local newspapers and TV stations useful sources of information.

Media Covering Their Own Scandals

Media covering their own scandals: Sex scandals in 2017 and 2018 brought down top media figures, forcing outlets to report about themselves.

Organizations faced questions of how sexual harassment and assault could fester unaddressed, writes Claudia Meyer-Samargia.

“But for individual journalists, particularly those who cover news media, questions focused on how they could cover these cases ethically, with the right balance of truth-telling, transparency and respect for privacy.” Protecting an organization’s reputation is an issue.

 

IRE Enforces Ethics Code

Updating its code of conduct, Investigative Reporters & Editors adopted principles calling for banning members who violate the code.

“IRE may take any action it deems appropriate to deal with those who violate our principles, including exclusion from our events, forums, listservs and the organization itself,” says the code.

By contrast, the Society of Professional Journalists says its ethics code is voluntary.

 

 

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.”

 

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.