Tag Archives: Poynter Institute

Poynter Deletes List Of Unreliable Sites

Poynter deletes list of unreliable sites: Poynter Institute says it “messed up” in calling 515 websites unreliable without checking the facts, reports Sydney Smith.

“These lapses are surprising given Poynter’s reputation and position as a vaunted journalism education organization,” writes Smith. Poynter admitted using lists compiled by others. Blames “methodology.”

 

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Covering Mental Health

Covering mental health: Do more stories on successful mental health treatment, advises Kelly McBride.

Often experts are wrong. Ask how they know that’s the right term, she writes.

The Hazards of Fact-Checking

The hazards of fact-checking: Three media and law groups join to form the Fact-Checkers Legal Support Initiative to fend off attacks on fact-checkers.

“Many are being threatened with lawsuits and often do not have the resources to defend themselves,” says FLSI.

Threats include online harassment and physical violence by those exposed in the public arena for misinformation.

 

Denying Coverage To Nazis

Denying coverage to Nazis: An Arkansas television station thinks about the news value in covering a Nazi rally, then decides to “give them silence,” writes Al Tompkins.

News director learns the protestors are not local, protesting an issue of no local importance.

 

A Media Business Analysis

A media business analysis: Rick Edmonds sees gains in broadcasting, weaker newspapers and digital sites.

“My version of a partial silver lining: the 22,000 professional journalists left at newspaper organizations (even after 33,000 such jobs have vanished) continue to find ways to do outstanding work,” he writes. “And will in 2019, too.”