Category Archives: Transparency

Romance And Journalism

Romance and journalism: Indira Lakshmanan comments on a relationship between a New York Times reporter and an official of a government committee she covers, a failure of ethical journalism.

“It’s not a news flash that you can have a romantic partner and you can have a source, but they can’t be the same person,” she writes.

 

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Americans And The News Media

Americans and the news media: The Media Insight Project finds the erosion of Americans’ trust of news media is a failure to communicate.

Many Americans think what they see in the news media looks largely like opinion and commentary. The project is a collaboration of the Associated Press, the American Press Institute and the AP-NORC Center.

Following The Money

Following the money: Mya Frazier reports that an obscure accounting rule change allowed an alert reporter to discover how millions of dollars were siphoned from public services through tax breaks.

“Although Statement 77 was not intended as a tool for the press, the new disclosures have become a font of valuable information for journalists,” she wrote.

Doubts About AP Poll Guide

Doubts about AP poll guide: David W. Moore casts doubts on new chapter in the AP stylebook on reporting election poll results.

“My sense is that however well intentioned, they will have little effect on how much coverage is given to polls,” he writes. “As superficial as it might be, we all want to know who’s winning the horse race.”

 

“Dead” Journalist Is Alive

“Dead” journalist is alive: Al Tompkins ponders the credibility impact of a Ukrainian ruse to nab a contract killer by saying a reporter was killed.

“Generally, journalists should not be part of a government deception plot,” writes Tompkins. “Generally, journalists should not be part of something that will produce untrue global coverage.”

Everyone who published or broadcast the false information has a stake in knowing the decisions that led to creating a fake news story, he adds.

FOI Audits Reveal Flaws

FOI audits reveal flaws: Daniel Bevarly reports government FOI audits in Florida, Illinois and Tennessee find poor open records compliance.

“The independent findings from state FOI coalitions and a university disclose an ongoing challenge to government agencies to comply with their state’s open government laws and demonstrate consistent policy practices,” he writes.

Using The “L” Word

Using the “L” word: Daniel Dale explains that a lie is a false statement made intentionally.

“If we journalists are going to present ourselves as arbiters of truth, we have to stick to what we know is true,” he writes. “And that means not calling something a lie when we don’t have a reasonable certainty that Trump’s intention is deception.”

Defining Free Speech For Robots

Defining free speech for robots: Jared Schroeder reports that free expression rights for artificial intelligence communicators may push the Supreme Court to define a journalist.

“Courts will soon have to explore whether AI communicators have rights as publishers — and whether a bot can be entitled to journalist protections,” he writes. This requires us to identify what is human about journalism and what is fundamental about it.

Spanish Digital Era Ethics Manual

Spanish digital era ethics manual: Paola Nalvarte writes that the International Center For Journalists published a guide on ethical principles.

“The document highlights credibility as a fundamental value of journalism in the twenty-first century.”