Tag: media ethics

by Stephen J. A. Ward

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 »

by Julie Keck

1. From free to fee: How U.S. dailies decide to use paywalls (Natalie Jomini Stroud / American Press Institute) 2. Exploring ethics through journalism hotlines (Lene Bech Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Scott Stossel on taking ideas journalism online at The Atlantic (Nieman Reports) 4. Winnipeg Free Press adds social media element to letters […] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

Branded content, from advertising to sponsored work, has long used the skills of filmmakers and (often ex-) journalists. At SXSW 2014, unbranded content — sponsored but without an obvious pitch for product or even necessarily a direct link to the sponsor — was in full flourish, with companies recruiting for talent. The biggest question for […] more »

by Claire Groden

Last week, Newsweek resurrected its print issue with a splash, featuring a story that claimed to reveal the founder of Bitcoin as a reclusive Californian named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. But readers were skeptical, especially after Nakamoto protested in an interview with the Associated Press that he was not the founder of Bitcoin. On Friday, Newsweek […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. How the New York Times neglects business journalism (Felix Salmon / Reuters) 2. On the ethics of data-driven journalism (Alex Howard / Tow Center) 3. News use across social media platforms (Jeffrey Gottfried, Jesse Holcomb & Amy Mitchell / Pew Research) 4. A look inside the Wall Street Journal’s video app toolbox (Alastair Reid […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

This an opinion post by correspondent Stephen Ward. Transparency, according to optimistic accounts, is the answer to bad government and wrongdoing by corporations and news media. Let the “sunshine” of transparency enter the public domain and watch these evil forces retreat. Transparency — monitoring how agencies operate — goes back to the trumpeting of “publicity” […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

This month, throngs of fresh-eyed students are filing back onto campus (or logging in online), attempting to become journalists at a time when the very definition of a journalist is in constant flux. Those who teach tomorrow’s journalists have a monumental task ahead of them: Not only do they have to instruct and mentor these […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

Around the world, dozens of organizations, from Freedom House to Reporters Without Borders, advance the ideal of a free press and a free citizenry. The ideal suggests there is one type of free press to be secured globally: the Western model of a constitutionally protected free press. What stands over and against the free press? […] more »