MAGA cap gets reporter fired: A Minnesota multimedia reporter is fired for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap while covering a Trump rally, writes Sydney Smith. NBC-affiliate KTTC news director says staff members are forbidden to cover stories while wearing political campaign attire. The Society of Professional Journalists code […]
Dear Headline Club members, We flew to Baltimore last month, armed with your responses to our letter raising concerns about SPJ’s acceptance of funds from the Koch Institute for the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference — a donation we think goes against the SPJ Code of Ethics because it is […]
Phone hacking backfires: Sydney Smith writes that the News Of The World’s publisher continues to settle phone hacking claims seven years after the British newspaper shut down in a scandal that erupted over invasion of privacy and confidentiality. The newspaper’s publisher “is still paying out and admitting to phone hacking […]
Tweets come back to bite: College students beware of the future impact of tweets. Sydney Smith reports that CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins apologized for her “ignorant language” in 2011 tweets while she was in college, calling it “immature.” Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.
Hurricane coverage debated: Meteorologists dislike the exclusive use of categories in defining the threats of hurricanes, reports Jed Gottlieb. They want to see more reports with information readers and viewers can use to make important decisions, but do not agree on a better system. Local news is praised for being […]
Does journalism matter? The public no longer reads us and politicians dismiss us, says Kyle Pope. “Here’s the bottom line,” he writes. “We do these stories because we believe in something even bigger than what will become of them.” They are important. Readers deserve to know them. They get us […]
Twitter pros and cons: A research article by Shannon McGregor and Logan Molyneux reports that Twitter affects journalists’ news judgment, leading to “pack journalism” Upside is “a wider array of voices into the mainstream news agenda.” Twitter plays a key role in journalistic practices, they write. “Twitter’s growing centrality in […]
Feminist fact-finding: Daniel Funke describes a project “going after false claims and online information about gender issues” in Europe. “FemFacts is aimed at tackling some of the false narratives about women published by European media,” Funke writes. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.
Media focus needed on climate change: Margaret Sullivan writes that a week of dire news conceals the urgency of a United Nations report on global warming. “Just as the smartest minds in earth science have issued their warning, the best minds in media should be giving sustained attention to how […]
Kavanaugh story told in photos: Darrel Frost tells how the New York Times used two images to show contrasting views in the Kavanaugh hearing. “This is masterful storytelling on the part of the Times’s photo editors,” writes Frost. “It’s rare we see a national political figure in such aggressive visage […]