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Liz Spayd calls for the NYT to be more transparent in why substantial story edits happen

“Readers, I believe, are far more sophisticated than they’re given credit for and want more transparency in stories that are shapeshifting before their eyes,” New York Times public editor Liz Spayd writes. “When changes affect a story’s overall tone or make earlier facts obsolete, or when added context recasts a story, readers should be told.” […]

When journalists get their info from social media, audiences find the reports less credible

Press conferences, interviews, telephone calls — these are the traditional ways in which journalists source their stories. Today, however, many more options are available. From Facebook to Twitter to Google, journalists have many new ways to track down information to inform their reporting. But what do audiences think about these techniques? Do readers think social […]

Dan Rather expresses concern about the transparency of Facebook’s algorithms

In a note on Facebook, Dan Rather expressed concern about the transparency of Facebook’s “mysterious algorithms,” while noting the benefits of Facebook for news : “I … worry about the opaqueness of Facebook and its mysterious algorithms. My team and I try to figure out why some posts seem to ‘hit’ and are shared thousands […]

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 […]

Google knows what you did last summer: How to use the My Activity page to make it forget

For journalists, the amount of information that Google holds about you presents a risk to your sources, according to Paul Bradshaw. Searches for people, images and video, books and reports that you’ve read, visits to particular locations can all identify individuals. If you’re promising whistleblowers protection, you can delete this information.

The Panama Papers show a shift in mainstream journalism, moving more toward WikiLeaks

The Panama Papers show the “WikiLeaks-ization” of mainstream journalism, Jim Rutenberg writes. That shift is significant, and it’s one that’s changing the course of history, Rutenberg writes, as well as “changing the rules for mainstream journalists in the fierce business of unearthing secrets, and for the government and corporate officials in the fiercer business of […]

Margaret Sullivan: Given the importance of the Sanders story, why weren’t all editing changes made before it was published online?

Writing about a controversial story about Bernie Sanders that was edited after publication, Margaret Sullivan says: “The Sanders article was not a breaking news story, but rather a look back at his legislative record. Given its sensitivity and importance (it ended up on the front page on the morning of major primaries), why didn’t senior […]

New York Times and other news organizations should be more transparent about story changes made after publication, because editing after publication doesn’t build trust

The New York Times has come under criticism lately for editing a story about presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and changing the tone of the story after publication. Those kinds of edits are fairly common, NYT executive editor Dean Baquet said, but Mathew Ingram says news organizations still need to be more forthcoming about the changes […]

An investigative project at the Las Vegas Review-Journal last month may have targeted the judge hearing a suit against new owner’s casino

The Las Vegas Review-Journal continued its coverage of the strange circumstances surrounding its sale to casino owner Sheldon Adelson by publishing a story Friday offering strong evidence that Adelson may already be advancing his agenda at the paper. Three Review-Journal reporters were asked to monitor and gather information on three business court justices, one of whom […]

How more transparent reporting processes can lead to greater community engagement

Josh Stearns writes that transparency can be an important tool within newsrooms to better engage audiences. Greater transparency in the reporting process often leads to more trust from your audience, but can also create more skepticism among readers. However, Stearns says that new technologies demand greater forms of transparency to better document how journalists are […]

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