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The Washington Post changes its style to allow singular ‘they’

On Monday, The New York Times added the gender-neutral honorific “Mx.” Now, The Washington Post is changing its style rules to allow for the singular “they” to refer to “people who identify as neither male nor female.” From the memo to staff: “It is usually possible, and preferable, to recast sentences as plural to avoid […]

Following phone hacking scandal, UK tabloids have dropped questionable reporting practices for more celebrity interviews and articles pushing a political agenda

Since 2011’s phone-hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, changes have come to U.K. tabloids: Sarah Lyall writes that exposés are less common, replaced by celebrity interviews, reality TV gossip and articles promoting the owners’ political agendas. Whereas in the past, tabloid reporters say they were pushed to use dubious reporting practices to […]

Glenn Greenwald: CNN didn’t punish a reporter for expressing an opinion, but for expressing a wrong opinion

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes CNN reporter Elise Labott was suspended for fulfilling a primary role of journalism, “to serve as a check on extremism when stoked by political demagogues.” Following the House vote on Syrian refugees, Labott tweeted, “Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.” Greenwald writes: “Labott’s crime wasn’t that she expressed an […]

NYT public editor: T magazine should have used a different writer for article on tech entrepreneurs than the wife of a tech investor

A recent article in The New York Times’  T magazine covered technology entrepreneurs who are “harnessing goodness through technology.” That article was written by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, the wife of tech investor Marc Andreessen, and NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan says the article should have been written by another reporter. Arrillaga-Andreessen is not a NYT staff […]

Steve Buttry: Journalists should not disclose a death until the family knows

While Kansas City Royals’ Edinson Vólquez was pitching Game One of the World Series on Tuesday, media outlets were reporting that his father had died. But Vólquez didn’t know, because his wife had asked that he not be told until after the game, something Steve Buttry says media outlets should have respected. With the exception […]

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