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Does Journalism Matter?

October 12, 2018 admin 0

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 […]

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Twitter Pros And Cons

October 10, 2018 admin 0

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 […]

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Feminist Fact-Finding

October 11, 2018 admin 0

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.

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Media Focus Needed On Climate Change

October 9, 2018 admin 0

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 […]

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Kavanaugh Story Told In Photos

October 5, 2018 admin 0

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 […]

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Hostile Media Effect

October 8, 2018 admin 0

Hostile media effect: John Davis cites a media expert on public bias toward political  reports. “Hostile media effect involves people who are on opposite sides of an issue who both believe the same report is biased against their own point of view,” writes Davis. News consumers should think about political […]

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PBS Public Editor Quits, Dismayed

October 3, 2018 admin 0

PBS editor quits, dismayed: Sydney Smith reports that departing public editor Mahulika Sikka found the public does not understand PBS. “During my time as public editor at PBS,” she told Smith, “I was most struck by the fact that most people don’t understand the system, how it was set up, […]

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Journalism’s Top Problems

October 2, 2018 admin 0

Journalism’s top problems: Jay Rosen lists challenges that torment journalists, including a right-wing populist wave across the U.S. and Europe that views the mainstream press as corrupt and elitist. “In the United States the president is leading a hate movement against journalism,” Rosen writes. He also finds that discovering a […]

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Celebrity Death Hoaxes

September 10, 2018 admin 0

Celebrity death hoaxes: Daniel Funke and Alexios Mantzarlis report that celebrity deaths are a popular subgenre of misinformation and offer 15 fact-checking links. “At a time when we are at pains to distinguish ‘real news’ from ‘fake news,’ falling for these shallow fabrications undermines the argument,” they write.   […]

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Investigating A Journalist

September 11, 2018 admin 0

Investigating a journalist: The Houston Chronicle’s editor says “we have launched an investigation into the work of one of our own reporters” who is accused of quoting people who don’t exist. “We owe our readers the truth and to tell you if, in fact, there were inaccuracies in anything we […]