Dear members, The Society of Professional Journalists has disappointed us. Earlier this year, we asked SPJ to reject dollars from entities whose actions are at odds with SPJ’s journalistic mission and to use the SPJ Code of Ethics as a guide to vet donations. On Dec. 1, SPJ ignored that […]
Scalp headline an ethical lapse: Native American Journalists Association criticizes a newspaper for reference to genocidal practices. “Referring to the act of scalping Indigenous people violates the dignity of men, women and children that were victims of the practice,” says the association. “More importantly, such language downplays crimes now defined […]
Feeling trapped in media filter bubbles: We’re not, writes Laura Hazard Owen. “We use our consumption of certain media outlets as a way of signaling who we are, even if we A) actually read across fairly broad number of sources and/or B) actually don’t read all that much political news […]
Burned out journalists: Journalists are wilting under information overload, writes John Crowley. Hacks smooth their workload, like inbox zero. “Management, either through wilful ignorance or a strong desire to react to the changing face of digital journalism, are simply asking journalists to stay connected far too much,” writes Crowley. […]
Journalism entry points disappear: Digital-media start-up Mic crashes and burns, writes Margaret Sullivan. “With the tragic demise of local newspapers, places like Mic have become the entry point into the craft for a lot of young journalists,” she writes. “As they go under, such entry points disappear.” Visit […]
Tricks to retain subscribers: Use psychology and dump content readers don’t read, writes Laura Hazard Owen. Some tips: People like surprises, nudge them, build habits, pick an engagement metric and allocate resources for engagement. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.