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The Problem With Native Advertising

January 31, 2019 admin 0

The problem with native advertising: It’s paid advertising that looks like legitimate staff-written content and deceptive, writes Joshua Carroll. “The commotion over the sponsored pieces raises questions not just about the ethics of native advertising, but about news providers’ broader relationship with governments.” It’s also called advertorials and used in […]

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Covering Deadly Cold Weather

January 30, 2019 admin 0

Covering deadly cold weather: Midwest reporters face a daunting challenge when temperatures drop to 30 below with wind chills at 55 below. “So how do you cover a story about how dangerous it is to be outside when it’s too dangerous to be outside?” asks Tom Jones. Visit the […]

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Rethinking Celebrity Journalism

January 29, 2019 admin 0

Rethinking celebrity journalism: Covering the foibles of celebrities is like pandering to lurid curiosity, says a story in the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives. Instead, look for entertaining stories about men and women in business, commerce and industry who take themselves so seriously.   Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog […]

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Media Jumping to Conclusions

January 28, 2019 admin 0

Media jumping to conclusions: The story about an encounter between Covington Catholic students and a Native American elder went global, and many in the media got it wrong. “What responsible journalists do in such instances is exactly what they did here,” writes Kelly Hawes. “They keep reporting. They keep asking […]

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Justifying Photos of Death

January 25, 2019 admin 0

Justifying photos of death: New York Times photos of a terror attack on a Nairobi hotel, leaving 21 dead, were called distasteful, writes Eyder Peralta. The Times responds that “it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this,” adding that the […]

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Vanishing Media Ombudsmen

January 24, 2019 admin 0

Vanishing media ombudsmen: The Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists laments the loss of sharp-eyed ombudsmen and media writers like Margaret Sullivan. “You’d think an ombudsman would be most useful in a time of change, especially in a time of budget-cutting and layoffs — just to be sure the public interest is […]

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Cloud Cyberattacks Growing

January 23, 2019 admin 0

Cloud cyberattacks growing: Businesses can fail to identify risks and control them, writes Aseem Rastogi. “While cloud service providers are responsible for protecting the cloud infrastructure,” he writes, “customers must monitor other vulnerabilities as attackers will look for easy targets…. Integrated or unified solutions that provide visibility across the organization’s […]

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Editors Acting Unethically

January 22, 2019 admin 0

Editors acting unethically: A web editor tells the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists that her boss is pressuring her to mention an advertiser in a story. She is thinking of quitting. From a story in AdviceLine archives by David Craig.   Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.

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New Media Funding Strategies

January 21, 2019 admin 0

New media funding strategies: Media seek editorial independence with grants, donations, cryptocurrency and investors, writes Jack Kelly. “Decreases in advertising revenue have left media organizations looking for new sources of income and, in some cases, turning to completely new funding models,” he writes.   Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog […]

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Dubious Polling

January 17, 2019 admin 0

Dubious polling: Poll results last year on presidential approval, the Mueller investigation, elections, politics and other issues were suspect, writes David W. Moore. “Getting the news organizations to change their copious coverage of polls would be as difficult as…well, rolling a boulder up a mountain,” he writes.   Visit […]