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Education
05.08.2015
by Beth Haller

The MDA Telethon announced its end on May 1. The Labor Day event, hosted annually by comedian Jerry Lewis from 1966 to 2011, was reviled by many disability rights activists and many people with disabilities and their allies. The earliest complaints about the telethon came in 1981 from a NY Times op-ed written by Evan […] more »

Education
03.23.2015

How does a society deal with what it considers to be unethical use of the freedom to publish? Dictators imprison journalists. Democracies use a mix of legal and non-legal mechanisms, from libel laws to press councils. In the United States, journalists have long countered calls for greater legal regulation by appealing to an ethical ideal […] more »

Law & Ethics
03.04.2015

This post originally appeared on Medium. News organizations are experimenting increasingly with robot journalism, using computer programs to transform data into news stories, or news stories into multimedia presentations. Most uses of robot journalism have been for fairly formulaic situations — company earnings reports, stock market summaries, earthquake alerts and youth sports stories. But inevitably, […] more »

Culture
02.18.2015

The following is an excerpt from Craig Silverman’s new report, “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content: How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.” Click here to download the full report. News organizations are meant to play a critical role in the dissemination of quality, accurate information in society. This has become […] more »

Education
02.02.2015

If a technique were proven to reduce errors, don’t you think journalists, journalism organizations and journalism educators would race to embrace it? To demand that journalists follow it? To teach it in J-schools? Well, as Craig Silverman has pointed out repeatedly, the checklist is the most effective system of preventing errors, so effective that pilots […] more »

Education
12.15.2014

2014 brought us the year of My Journalism Ethics. It was the year that “personalizing” journalism ethics went mainstream. Big time. Major journalism associations, from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to the Online News Association (ONA) grappled with the problem of writing ethical guidelines for an increasingly personalized, opinionated, and politically biased media sphere. […] more »

Education
11.17.2014

When disaster or crisis strikes a community, everyone is affected in some way. When the surrounding area faces crisis, so does a campus community. And in some cases, college campuses may be the place where a crisis originates — such as a campus shooting. Knowing how to report on such charged and complex situations requires tact, […] more »

Education
10.20.2014

Common Core. There are few phrases quite as controversial in K-12 education today as the name of this nationwide initiative. Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. […] more »

Culture
10.08.2014

How should we reconstruct journalism ethics now that a media revolution has left a pre-digital, professional consensus in fragments? That appears to be the question for ethicists and journalists who care about ethics. Yet the question is contested. Some journalists are skeptical about any attempt to forge a new practice-wide consensus on aims and principles. […] more »

Education
09.19.2014

Some experts say smartphones make young people stupid. Others say technology makes them smarter. Still others say the tool is not important; it’s how we learn to use it. A new survey of more than 10,000 high school students lends support to that last view. Amid an explosion in social and mobile media – their […] more »


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