Category Archives: Accuracy

Media Ethics Issues of 2019

Media ethics issues of 2019: Sydney Smith summarizes noteworthy media ethics issues.

Misinformation, verification, racism, bad taste and damaging tweets from the past are among them.

 

Journalists Criticizing Journalists

Journalists criticizing journalists: The Bret Stephens NYT column on “The Secrets of Jewish Genius” evoked a wave of criticism for appearing to advance a theory of genetic superiority.

Good journalists should point out bad journalism, says the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists. From the archives.

 

Ethics Codes Overhaul

Ethics codes overhaul: Bill Grueskin writes that the digital age needs a new code of ethics.

2020 “ought to be the year that our ethics codes get an overhaul, as journalists face relentless business pressures, relinquish even more control over how our content is distributed and framed and deal with the consequences of anonymity, doxing and transparency. It’s more urgent than ever, as our country becomes increasingly polarized and as trust in the news media remains tepid.”

 

Algorithm Values

Algorithm values: There’s a chance to reclaim news distribution from technology companies, and ensure that commercial and public interest values are better balanced, writes Nicholas Diakopoulos.

“Journalistic news feeds are an opportunity for news organizations to take back control over distribution by writing algorithms with more traditionally recognizable editorial, ethical and public interest values.”

 

Naming Shooters

Naming shooters: Many media minimized naming the culprit in the Santa Clarita, Ca. school shooting, writes Natalie Yahr. A shift.

“In response to research suggesting that extensive coverage of these assailants may encourage others to follow suit, many outlets have chosen to devote less coverage to perpetrators and more to victims and to the laws and policies that have not prevents these tragedies.”