Ethics and standards

Most funders think donations to news organizations meet their objectives

In the end, do funders think their underwriting of media is accomplishing what they want? More than half of foundations said they consider their media grantmaking a success; generally accomplishing their objectives, and a few exceeding them. Very few report falling short of their objectives. However, about 35 percent did not answer the question, skipping […]

Still wrestling with the Gay Talese story, Dean Baquet met with the NYT Style department

The New York Times is continuing to struggle with a story written by freelancer Sridhar Pappu about the Twitter backlash to comments made by Gay Talese about female journalists, and executive editor Dean Baquet met with the Style department about the story on Tuesday. Baquet said in a note last week that the story failed […]

The New York Times is running a banner ad for the magazine’s cover story, raising ethical questions about the unusual ad

A banner ad on The New York Times’ website is directing readers to New York Times Magazine’s cover story on the revival of “Shuffle Along.” The ad directs users not only to the 10,000 word story, but to buy tickets for the show itself. Poynter’s Kelly McBride says the ad raises ethical questions about whether […]

Should journalists use images of tragedies from Facebook and Twitter?

Immediately after the Brussels attacks earlier this week, journalists were being criticized for asking people on social media if they could use their photos and videos of the attack. Martin Belam writes that the attacks this week highlight an ethical dilemma for journalists: While there’s a public interest in using those images, should journalists contact […]

If UK media adopted NYT’s new rules for anonymous sourcing, how would political coverage be affected?

The New York Times is changing its policy on anonymous sources to require two out of three top editors to review and sign off on articles that primarily depend on anonymous sources. But if media in the U.K. were to adopt a similar policy, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade questions how many political stories could be […]

Why would journalists want to come out against Trump? They want clear consciences

Cokie Roberts isn’t the only journalist to make statements against Trump recently, Callum Borchers writes: Glenn Beck, Arianna Huffington, Bill Kristol and others have all publicly come out against Trump. These journalists don’t really think that their statements will change public opinion, Borchers writes, but instead, they want clear consciences: “They want to be able, […]

After Cokie Roberts publishes an anti-Trump column, NPR clarifies her role as a commentator

Longtime NPR analyst and commentator Cokie Roberts co-wrote a syndicated newspaper column that called for “the rational wing” of the Republican Party to stop Donald Trump’s presidential nomination, leading NPR to clarify what Roberts’ role is as a commentator. While NPR forbids its journalists from taking a stance on public affairs, Roberts is not a […]

Should newspapers make money off mugshot galleries?

Many local newspapers’ websites included photo galleries of mugshots, and most of those websites are making money off those mugshots, Fusion reports. Fusion analyzed 74 U.S. newspapers, most of which were owned by Tribune Publishing or McClatchy, and found that 40 percent of those newspapers publish mugshot galleries. But the business model of making money […]

How a reader’s council could help publishers avoid problematic stories

Writing about SB Nation’s retraction of its Daniel Holtzclaw story, Paul Ford asks, how can publishers avoid retractions? Ford proposes creating a reader’s council of around 200 people who read your stories for a small fee, giving that council access to drafts and notes and the ability to anonymously flag potential problems in stories. Ford […]

How should journalists use advocacy hashtags on social media?

A basic tenet of journalism is objectivity, but Folker Hanusch says social media might complicate that idea. Hanusch asks whether social media comes with the expectation that journalists will offer their own personal views, and if so, how does the use of advocacy hashtags like Australia’s #letthemstay fit into that? Hanusch writes: “Journalists who express […]