Believing election results: Pew Research Center finds Americans who get most of their political news on social media display less confidence in the public’s acceptance of election results, regardless of the winner, than those who mostly get this news in other ways such as cable TV, news sites or print newspapers, write Mark Jurkowitz and Amy Mitchell.
Speaking ill of the dead: A backlash against Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez for mentioning the Kobe Bryant rape case “steams from the ancient wisdom that urged folks not to speak ill of the dead,” writes Erik Wemple.
“A fine rule for everyone except for historians and journalists….,” he writes.
Media transparency debate: Two views of transparency in journalism. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
NYT seeks ethical Op-Eds: After an Op-Ed stumble, top editors assign the standards editor to advise the Opinion department.
“While our news and opinion journalists will continue to have separate, distinct missions, their work is rooted in common standards for accuracy, fairness and integrity,” they say.
Chasing foundation grants: Jacob Nelson and Patrick Ferrucci report that foundation funding often goes to news nonprofits for technology-driven projects, audience-engagement projects and for pushing journalists to expand their work beyond traditional routines.
Newspaper corrections: The Toronto Star’s public editor, Kathy English, surveys a decade of Star corrections.
Misspelled or mangled names account for about 30 percent.
“I have learned through these years that most every mistake the Star’s journalists make matters to someone for some reason,” she writes.
Revenge porn and privacy: Deanna Paul writes the U.S. Supreme Court might decide on the difference between free speech and invasion of privacy in an Illinois revenge porn case.
Vulture capitalism in 2020: Ken Doctor says the 25 percent stake Alden Global Capital got in Tribune Publishing is the latest wakeup call.
“The old world is over, and the new one — one of ghost newspapers, news deserts and under informed communities — is headed straight for us.”
Philanthropy for local news: The American Journalism Project aims to fill holes in media coverage with $46 million in venture philanthropy, writes Christine Schmidt.
Covering government, environment, education, social and criminal justice and public health seen as a public service.
Intuitive editor dies: Edward J. Doherty lauded as the Globe managing editor who understood readers.
“Journalism by permission won’t work,” he said, a concise observation that remains relevant today, writes Bryan Marquard.