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Quoting Too Many Men

November 15, 2018 admin 0

Quoting too many men: London’s Financial Times is using a bot to warn its journalists against quoting too many men, writes Jim Waterson, forcing writers to look for women experts. “The paper, which covers many male-dominated industries, is keen to attract more woman readers, with its research suggesting they are […]

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Hexing Tax Collectors

November 16, 2018 admin 0

Hexing tax collectors: Sydney Smith offers a roundup of recent media corrections. Historical facts, names and numbers trip journalists, including Romanian witches. “Stories aren’t the only content that needs editing,” writes Smith. “Case in point, an NPR graphic on the midterm elections had numerous errors.”   Visit the Ethics […]

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American Bias

November 13, 2018 admin 0

American bias: David W. Moore explores American racism. “It is in the realm of possibility, I think, to suggest that most of us, and maybe all of us, are afflicted to some degree with implicit bias — but the notion that we all share the same biases seems completely implausible,” […]

Tell SPJ to be more ethical, transparent

November 13, 2018 Alejandra Cancino 0

Dear members, Please tell SPJ to be more ethical and transparent. On Nov. 8, SPJ asked members to take a survey about the kinds of sponsorships it would accept for its Excellence in Journalism conference. The survey questions lack the background needed for members to understand what’s at stake. Let […]

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Conceptual Scoops And Wit

November 12, 2018 admin 0

Conceptual scoops and wit: Essential to thinking in new ways about a familiar issue is wit, writes James Geary. “Journalists need to be witty to bear witness to the connections others don’t see — or don’t want to see,” he writes, adding that as journalists come under attack, “we need […]

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Reporters Making Statements

November 9, 2018 admin 0

Reporters making statements: CNN’s Jim Acosta lost press credentials after questions for Trump ended with a statement, note Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride. “Ask tough questions, avoid making statements or arguing during a press event and report the news, don’t become the news,” they write.   Visit the Ethics […]

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Covering Elections

November 5, 2018 admin 0

Covering elections: The Reporters Committee For Freedom Of The Press offers an election legal guide. “Generally, the First Amendment protects journalists’ right to gather news outside of polling places for the purpose of reporting on early election results,” says the exit polling guideline.   Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog […]

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News Media Found More Divisive Than Trump

November 2, 2018 admin 0

News media found more divisive than Trump: A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll compares President Trump with national news media, writes Steven Shepard. Fifty-six percent say Trump divides the country, writes Shepard. “Even more voters, 64 percent, said the media have done more to divide the country….”   Visit the Ethics […]

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Criticizing Journalists Responsibly

November 1, 2018 admin 0

Criticizing journalists responsibly: Don’t make it personal, writes Philip Eil. “In all cases, stick to the work, not the person,” he writes. Journalists are perfectionists. If your goal is to cause emotional pain, pointing to flaws in their work is often more upsetting than a personal attack. It’s “a good […]