Ethics and standards

API continues conversations on the ethics of nonprofit funding in news

Research from API shows that the ethics of taking grants from foundations and gifts from donors to produce news are not fully charted and not without controversy. Nonprofit funding of news also appears likely to grow, including in new ways. Just this month, Philadelphia’s Institute for Journalism in New Media, which will own the for-profit […]

The similarities between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and journalists: Both are expected to be ‘objective,’ but no one is a truly neutral observer

In the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarks on Trump and her apology, there’s a piece of the conversation missing, Ezra Klein writes. Ginsburg is expected to be an “objective,” neutral observer, but no one is a truly neutral observer. Klein writes: “This is the problem with confusing ‘objectivity’ with objectivity. It might be nice […]

Dan Gillmor: We have an obligation to use our cameras to record, even if we may not be a part of what’s happening

Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds’ video about the last minutes of Philando Castile’s life teaches us an important lesson about our responsibilities, Dan Gillmor writes: “We all have an obligation to witness and record some things even if we are not directly part of what’s happening. That’s what two people did as they captured videos of the […]

‘Face it, Facebook. You’re in the news business’

Though Facebook may not want to acknowledge its role in the news universe, it’s still forced to make many of the same decisions that news organizations must make: Questions like “Should a TV network air a terrorist beheading?” have their equivalents on social media. Margaret Sullivan writes: “Yes, social media platforms are businesses. They have […]

New report asks whether journalists should be neutral in the face of ISIS

How much information do we need from the darkest places of the world? That’s one of several questions posed in “The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS,” a paper by Paul Wood, a BBC correspondent and 2015 Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Wood details ISIS kidnappings, and his own reporting on conflict in Syria. […]

How Mother Jones went undercover to reveal ugly truths about for-profit prisons

The magazine has published its 35,000-word investigation of a Louisiana for-profit prison, based on reporter Shane Bauer’s four-month stint as a prison guard. The magazine walked up to the line of accepted journalism ethics: reporters shouldn’t lie or misrepresent themselves as they pursue a story, writes media columnist Margaret Sullivan. “Undercover reporting becomes necessary,” the […]

Major political news outlets are offering for-sale interviews at DNC and RNC conventions

Some political media outlets are offering special interviews and events with editorial staffers at the presidential conventions — for a fee. Lobbyists for the oil industry, for example, are picking up the tab for leading Beltway publications to host energy policy discussions, including The Atlantic and Politico. Some journalism experts say there are “ethical red […]

CNN’s hiring of Corey Lewandowski didn’t cause a staff revolt 

CNN sustained a public relations black eye from critics and commentators last week by adding Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to its list of paid pundits. But the criticism doesn’t seem to have found much of a home among one interested party: CNN’s own journalists. “I get the argument that he was a […]

The New York Times reminds staff to refrain from posting opinions on social media in the wake of the Orlando shooting

In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting on Sunday, NYT standards editor Philip Corbett reminded staff to refrain from posting opinions on social media. Corbett writes in the memo to staff, “People following Times newsroom staffers online expect them to be well-informed and thoughtful. But we should leave the opinions to our colleagues on the […]

BuzzFeed canceled an ad deal with the RNC because of Donald Trump

You might have heard: Media organizations are divided over how to cover Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and some journalists have come out in opposition to Trump But did you know: In a memo to staff on Monday, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said Monday that the company has canceled an ad deal with the Republican National […]