Algorithm values: There’s a chance to reclaim news distribution from technology companies, and ensure that commercial and public interest values are better balanced, writes Nicholas Diakopoulos. “Journalistic news feeds are an opportunity for news organizations to take back control over distribution by writing algorithms with more traditionally recognizable editorial, ethical […]
Hate crimes collaboration: ProPublica’s three-year project involving hundreds of newsrooms published over 230 stories, writes Rachel Glickhouse. “Our approach included asking people to tell us their stories of experiences or witnessing hate crimes and bias incidents.” Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.
Truth about Kathy Scruggs: Hagit Limor writes that the “Richard Jewell” movie portrayal of a deceased reporter is “so skewed it would define libel if this was a piece of journalism instead of a piece of fiction created in Hollywood.” Besmirching a hard-working reporter. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine […]
Naming shooters: Many media minimized naming the culprit in the Santa Clarita, Ca. school shooting, writes Natalie Yahr. A shift. “In response to research suggesting that extensive coverage of these assailants may encourage others to follow suit, many outlets have chosen to devote less coverage to perpetrators and more to […]
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Chicago Headline Club Foundation’s “Toast the Truth” fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 9. Each year, the Foundation sponsors journalism grants and internships, and we thank our donors for their tax-deductible contributions. Here are a few of the shots from this year’s event:
What did Pope Francis mean when he appeared to criticize President Trump for building walls, not bridges in 2016? A misinterpretation or misrepresentation? From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.
Fact-checking: “A perfectly checked article, after all, can still be fundamentally wrong about its assumptions or conclusions,” writes Colin Dickey. Being fastidious about little things can lead to reader trust, but facts can be more work than they are worth. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.
The power of rumors: “A tool available to all, rumors can act as antidotes to institutional violence, propaganda campaigns or political misconduct,” writes Larissa Pham. “Press conferences are for the powerful; rumors are for ordinary people trying to take down people in power.” They can warn; they can protect. […]
Philanthropy for local news: The American Journalism Project aims to fill holes in media coverage with $46 million in venture philanthropy, writes Christine Schmidt. Covering government, environment, education, social and criminal justice and public health seen as a public service. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.
Counting “uniques” at Newsweek: “Newsweek’s ownership has a history of finding unethical ways to avoid paying salaries,” writes Daniel Tovrov. Financial problems are acutely felt in New York. Visit the Ethics AdviceLine blog for more.