Category Archives: Online News

High Court Favors Secrecy

High court favors secrecy: In a blow to freedom of information, the U.S. Supreme court expanded the federal definition of what can be deemed confidential, the Argus Leader reports.

“At issue was whether confidentiality, as used in a section of the Freedom of Information Act, means anything intended to be kept secret or only information likely to cause harm if publicized,” writes the Argus Leader, which began the case with an FOI request in 2011.

 

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Forcing Change Through Fact-Checking

Forcing change through fact-checking: Simply reporting fact-checks is not enough, writes Laura Hazard Owen.

The “second-generation” of fact-checking includes not just publishing but also pressure and working for system change.

 

Textbooks On The Newsroom Ethos

Textbooks on the newsroom ethos: Raymond McCaffrey describes journalism textbooks from 1913-1978 and ethics codes telling how journalists should act.

The textbooks “contributed to the crafting of an ethos that encouraged detachment and discouraged the displaying of emotions in what was depicted as a macho profession,” he writes.

 

A Global Look At Media

A global look at media: The Reuters institute For The Study of Journalism finds publishers are pushing hard to distinguish high-quality journalism from the mass of information that is now published on the internet.

Complaints persist of media bias and negativity, and of information overload in a report covering almost 40 countries and six continents.

 

Automated Journalism

Automated journalism: Newsrooms always adapted to new technology like artificial intelligence, writes Nicholas Diakopoulos.

“Reporting, listening, responding and pushing back, negotiating with sources, and then having the creativity to put it together — AI can do none of these indispensable journalistic tasks,” he writes.

 

Using Drones In Journalism

Using drones in journalism: Newsrooms need policies on using drones, according to a Center for Journalism Ethics report.

“While news organizations and individual journalists are safely integrating drones into their daily operations, as well as the national airspace, it is crucial to remember that this evolving technology still faces many regulatory and legislative hurdles, not to mention privacy issues and ethical concerns,” says the report.

Liar’s Dividend Explained

Liar’s dividend explained: Exposing lies can have an unsettling backlash, writes Kelly McBride.

“Debunking fake or manipulated material like videos, audios or documents ultimately could stoke belief in the fakery,” she writes, making it harder for the public to trust the media. Collaboration by media could help.