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SPJ Ethics Committee Blog Andrew Seaman

Journalists should speak out against discrimination

"... we objectively know that discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other inherited traits is wrong. Journalists should feel free to say so and forcefully challenge people who believe otherwise."

Columbia Journalism Review Karen K. Ho

Study: Diversity in newsrooms has been bad for decades and it probably won’t get better

"According to the study, minority individuals (black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or other) accounted for one person on the 11-person masthead of The Washington Post, three people on the 18-person masthead of The New York Times, one person on the five-person masthead of NPR, three people on the 14-person masthead of the Chicago Tribune, and one person on the 14-person masthead of the Los Angeles Times."

The Associated Press John Daniszewski

How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville

"The events in Charlottesville are an opportunity to take another look at our terminology around 'alt-right' and the way that we describe the various racist, neo-Nazi, white nationalist and white supremacist groups out there."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer Joey Morona

CNN won't air a Trump ad that attacks the media

"President Donald Trump's contentious relationship with CNN took another turn Tuesday when the network refused to air a new campaign ad unless changes are made."

The New York Times Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman

Hope Hicks will be Trump’s interim communications director

"However temporary it is, it was the latest reshuffling in the White House and comes at a time when the president’s remarks on white supremacists were drawing fire from Democrats and Republicans."

CNN Money Dylan Byers

Bannon vs. Murdoch, Breitbart vs. WSJ: The proxy war over Trump

"Bannon, the chief White House strategist and former Breitbart chairman, has long seen Murdoch as a corrupting influence on the president: a globalist who jumped on the Trump bandwagon because he enjoyed the proximity to power."

Nieman Lab Ken Doctor

Lessons for the news media from Charlottesville

"The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ProPublica, among others, have risen to the national occasion. But they can’t be expected to grapple with the real, transcendent issues state by state, community by community."

Columbia Journalism Review Brendan Fitzgerald

The outrageous editorial by a Charlottesville daily that preceded violence

"Alongside its inept assignation of blame, the Progress editorial equivocates."

Rolling Stone Andy Greene

Jake Tapper on Trump, 'SNL' and old-school rap

"CNN anchor explains how he's angered both sides of the political debate and why his wife thought a controversial 'Saturday Night Live' skit was sexist."

Columbia Journalism Review Kenneth Feder and Noa Krawczyk

4 facts every journalist should know when covering the opioid epidemic

"The popular press is probably the most important source informing the public about how opioids are affecting America. The press has the power to influence the decisions of people struggling with addiction, family members, politicians, and even physicians."

The New York Times MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH

Rupert Murdoch has told President Trump to fire Steve Bannon

Now we know what was discussed at those White House meetings.

New York City Julie Menin

New York City releases report about podcasting in the city

"Podcasts are making New York City their home. The density of advertising firms, technology companies, major brands, digital media organizations and talent has established New York City as the epicenter of the burgeoning podcast industry."

CNN Money Brian Stelter

Laura Ingraham is in line for a talk show on Fox News

"Longtime Fox News contributor and fill-in host Laura Ingraham is in line for her own show on the channel, possibly in a key prime time hour."

HuffPost Michael Calderone

CNN’s Charlottesville coverage shows its deep bench of pro-Trump pundits

"Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany are gone, but a half-dozen reliably supportive paid commentators appeared."

The New York Times EMILY STEEL

Costs for Fox’s harassment settlements rise to $50 million

"Twenty-First Century Fox said Monday that it had incurred about $50 million in costs during the year that ended June 30 tied to the settlement of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations in its Fox News division."

In case you missed it

SPJ Ethics Committee Blog Andrew Seaman

Journalists should speak out against discrimination

"... we objectively know that discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other inherited traits is wrong. Journalists should feel free to say so and forcefully challenge people who believe otherwise."

Columbia Journalism Review Karen K. Ho

Study: Diversity in newsrooms has been bad for decades and it probably won’t get better

"According to the study, minority individuals (black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or other) accounted for one person on the 11-person masthead of The Washington Post, three people on the 18-person masthead of The New York Times, one person on the five-person masthead of NPR, three people on the 14-person masthead of the Chicago Tribune, and one person on the 14-person masthead of the Los Angeles Times."

The Associated Press John Daniszewski

How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville

"The events in Charlottesville are an opportunity to take another look at our terminology around 'alt-right' and the way that we describe the various racist, neo-Nazi, white nationalist and white supremacist groups out there."

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