Category Archives: Attribution

Shaky Anonymous Sources

Shaky anonymous sources: Journalists in the cyber age should shun discredited past practices like anonymous sources and off-the-record backgrounders, which damage public trust. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.


Ethics In Comedy

Ethics in comedy: For professional comedians, stealing jokes is no laughing matter.

Jokes come in two parts, a setup and a punch line. Does ownership come with one, or both? From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

Attribution And Plagiarism

Attribution and plagiarism: In the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives, Stephen Rynkiewicz compares Renaissance artists with modern journalists.

“If the rules on fair play are shifting, the Renaissance atelier may be where to look for direction,” he writes.

“When they knew enough to transform their material, apprentices became journeymen and started their own studios. When journalists bring craft and intelligence to their work, they too become artists,” he writes.


Using Twitter Ethically

Using Twitter ethically: Twitter evolved from an oddity to a key tool for gathering and reporting news, writes David Craig.

Ethical pressure points: Handling unverified information, navigating between personal and professional boundaries and providing context and narrative structure. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.