Ethics and standards

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 […]

BuzzFeed’s native political ads may cross a line as readers often can’t tell the difference between native ads and editorial content

BuzzFeed is one of the most prominent online publishers to offer sponsored content for political candidates, which Jack Murtha and Chava Gourarie write “could herald in a new marriage between political ad spending and journalism.” However, some think the native political ads may cross a line as research finds readers struggle to distinguish between sponsored content […]

A campaign to not name mass murderers is gaining traction

Created by family members of mass shooting victims, the campaign “No Notoriety” that discourages news coverage of the people who commit mass murders is starting to see progress. The No Notoriety campaign encourages journalists to “recognize that the prospect of infamy could serve as a motivating factor for other individuals to kill others and could […]

A response to people who get upset when reporters reach out to eyewitnesses of tragedies: ‘Reporters are rude during tragedies because they’re reporting’

Almost immediately after reports of a shooting at a community college in Oregon hit social media, reporters began contacting students who had tweeted from the scene. But that was met with contempt by some people who believed the eyewitnesses needed space in the middle of a tragedy. Sam Biddle writes that being a reporter often […]

Many Americans think showing graphic footage is disrespectful, but see the value in reporting on violent stories

According to a Huffington Post/YouGov poll taken in the days after the WDBJ shooting, Americans are divided on how media outlets should handle graphic footage, but they see the news value in reporting on violent stories. A quarter of Americans said in the poll that media outlets should show the full video from the shooting, […]

Should errors on old stories still be corrected?

Steve Buttry asks, is there a statute of limitations on on correcting errors or updating flawed stories? Errors are often corrected soon after a story’s publication, but a flaw that’s pointed out years later may not be as likely to be corrected. Writing on a case involving The New York Times, Buttry writes that news […]

NPR ombud defends use of screengrab from WDBJ video

Though NPR did not use or link to videos from the WDBJ shooting, it drew criticism for its use of a screengrab taken from the shooter’s video. NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen says NPR showed the appropriate restraint is choosing not to air the videos, and says its use of the screengrab was justified. Jensen writes: […]

News organizations should alter the way they cover mass killings to avoid fueling copycats

The media coverage and social media surrounding the Virginia shooting was likely exactly what the shooter was aiming for, Zeynep Tufekci writes. Tufekci says media should reevaluate how mass killings are covered to prevent giving the killers the notoriety they seek, as well as preventing copycats. Tufekci writes: “This doesn’t mean censoring the news or […]

Alison Parker and Adam Ward are remembered as ‘the kindest and nicest people’ at WDBJ

You might have heard: Two journalists were fatally shot on Wednesday morning during a live interview in Moneta, Va. (CNN) But did you know: WDBJ general manager Jeff Marks says Alison Parker and Adam Ward were “the kindest and nicest people” at the station. Parker “cared about her stories and took a genuine interest in […]