Tag Archives: journalism ethics

San Jose Mercury News: Credibility suffers when content and advertising clash

Did you read the news story about the sexual harassment charges flying at one of America’s most prominent college campuses? The writers and editors of the San Jose Mercury News knew a great deal about the story. They did an excellent … Continue reading

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The Sandy Hook massacre: Do journalists need to interview children?

As journalists we are frequently taught to ask questions first and decide later what to use.  It’s good advice I share with my students. In today’s Internet fueled news world though the Sandy Hook massacre should give journalists something on … Continue reading

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Premature reports of Joe Paterno’s death raise questions about some news organizations

It’s a sin in the journalism profession to fail to independently confirm rumors as fact before reporting them. Usually, you confirm the facts from more than one source.  That’s a basic Journalism 101 rule. Unfortunately, it happens too often, especially … Continue reading

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XL pipeline- Getting the facts straight

Every big controversy seems to generate its own information fog.  Facts may be  incomplete or missing altogether. Reporting can get fuzzy. The debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is no different. Rhetoric abounds. Facts may be iffy. The question … Continue reading

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