Tag Archives: Associated Press

Ethics Of Showing Horrifying Images

Ethics of showing horrifying images: Photos of the bodies of a drowned man and his daughter on the bank of the Rio Grande raise questions about how far media should go in using such images.

They stir debates over news value, focusing public attention on tragedy and dilemmas and psychological impacts. The Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics says show good taste and avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

 

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AP Tweets On Term “Racist.”

AP tweets on term “racist.”

In a series of tweets, AP explains its style usage.

“In general, avoid using racist or any other label as a noun for a person; it’s far harder to match the complexity of a person to a definition or label than it is a statement or action. Instead, be specific in describing the person’s words or actions.”

 

Robot Journalism Ethical Checklist

Robot journalism ethical checklist: As more media organizations deploy artificial intelligence, writes Tom Kent, “we need to keep a focus on the ethics and quality of robot news writing.”

Kent’s checklist touches on the accuracy of underlying data, automation producing thousands of erroneous stories and pitfalls, like defending a robot-written story.

 

Town Loses Its Heartbeat, Its Newspaper

Town loses its heartbeat, its newspaper: One man tries to fill the void from the loss of the Daily Guide by posting on Facebook, write David Bauder and David A. Lieb.

The loss reflects the impact repeated in more than 1,400- other cities and towns across the U.S. to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years.

 

Enemy Of The People

Enemy of the people: Ken Thomas writes about the impact of President Trump’s attack on the U.S. media as “fake news.

Thomas quotes Prof. Jay Rosen saying, “It’s the erosion of the common world of fact. If we can’t agree on what the facts are, if there are no facts because they are in endless dispute, there is no accountability.”

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.