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Science journalism needs to more closely examine who is producing studies and their potential conflicts of interest

Science journalism spends a lot of time covering new studies and how new research affects people’s lives. But Brooke Borel says it needs to be spending more time examining who is producing these studies and their possible conflicts of interest, because their perspective and intentions influence their interpretation of the truth. Borel writes: “Should political […]

Pressure is mounting for the Review-Journal’s owners to go public as the Society of Professional Journalists releases a statement saying there’s ‘no excuse’ for the owners to hide their identity

You might have heard: The Las Vegas Review-Journal was bought by News + Media Capital Group LLC, but no one knows who exactly is behind that company But did you know: With a Twitter campaign led by Las Vegas Review-Journal staffers underway, more pressure is being put on the newspaper’s new mystery owners to reveal […]

After BuzzFeed OK’d staffers calling Trump racist on social media, how will it apply that policy to other politicians?

BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith told staff it was acceptable to call Trump a “mendacious racist” on Twitter because facts support it, but Erik Wemple asks how BuzzFeed will apply this policy to other candidates. Wemple writes: “The challenge for BuzzFeed, though, isn’t so much whether ‘mendacious racist’ is appropriate for Donald Trump; it’s whether this […]

Ben Smith tells BuzzFeed staff, it’s OK to call Trump a ‘mendacious racist’

In a memo to staff on Tuesday, BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith told staff it’s not a violation of BuzzFeed’s ethical guidelines to call Donald Trump a racist on social media. BuzzFeed’s ethics guide states, “Reporters and editors should refrain from commenting in a partisan way about candidates or policy issues.” Smith does recommend that staff […]

Style rule changes from the AP, New York Times, Washington Post begin to accommodate gender-neutral options

A few big changes announced in the last few weeks accommodate gender-neutral language: The Washington Post will allow “they” and “their” as singular pronouns, The New York Times used “Mx.” as a gender-neutral honorific, and the AP added a new entry to the stylebook on the use of “cross-dresser” instead of “transvestite.” Merrill Perlman writes […]

While many criticized the choice to broadcast the scene live, Jack Shafer says if you’re going to consume news, you also need to be ready to see how it’s made

You might have heard: On Friday, journalists swarmed into the San Bernardino shooters’ apartment after the door was pried open by the landlord, with the scene playing out live on outlets including MSNBC, BBC, CBS News and CNN (Mashable) But did you know: An old adage of journalism is that journalists should never be the […]

Steve Coll: Columbia’s spat with Exxon highlights a new gray area in nonprofit journalism ethics

After a team from Columbia School of Journalism published a two-part investigation on Exxon Mobil in the Los Angeles Times, Exxon sent a list of complaints to Columbia, highlighting what Columbia School of Journalism dean Steve Coll says is an emerging gray area in nonprofit journalism. Coll says: “Journalism standards and journalism protocols and journalism […]

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