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Culture
02.18.2015
by Craig Silverman

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 »

Culture
09.03.2014

The creation of a global and open media ecology that is online and offline, as well as professional and amateur, has undermined a prior professional consensus on the content of journalism ethics. There is scarcely a principle or concept that is not up for debate, from who is a journalist to whether reporters should be […] more »

Education
08.07.2014

“For our semester project,” I announced to my SP402 class last spring, “you will plan, create multimedia content for, and launch a website dedicated to a shared topic.” The students of this upper-division course — mainly juniors and seniors — looked at each other and then me, bewildered. Evidently that was not what they expected […] more »

Education
08.04.2014

How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as a conceptual one. When it comes to working with students, we should approach copyright from two protective angles. One is to ensure […] more »


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