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Newsday releases review of Kevin Deutsch’s reporting

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest report from iMediaEthics, comments from Indira Lakshmanan (the Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at Poynter) and Deutsch's response to Newsday's review. More than four months after it opened an investigation into Kevin Deutsch's reporting history, Newsday has published its results. The Long Island-based newspaper published an editor's note Wednesday … Read More
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11 questions to ask before sharing graphic photos, video

Images and videos can be powerful tools to describe extremely difficult subjects. And digital cameras, smartphones and emerging storytelling tools make it easier than ever to share a dizzying array of news images. Yet many of these can be graphic or gruesome. Here are some questions to help you decide what, where or whether to broadcast, publish or share visually … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Did CNN blackmail a pro-Trump Reddit troll?

CNN ignited a powder keg of controversy on Independence Day when its chief internet sleuth, Andrew Kaczynski, reported a blow-by-blow account of his successful quest for the Reddit user behind a GIF of President Trump wrestling CNN to the ground. Kaczynski, who ultimately opted not to unmask "HanAssholeSolo" in his story, drew pushback from critics who said CNN's justification … Read More
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Donald Trump and the National Enquirer: A coosome twosome

When Joe Scarborough alleged Friday that he'd been manipulated by officials in the Trump administration who held a damning National Enquirer story over his head, one could only be sure of one thing: The tabloid and Trump are a truly coosome twosome. Scarborough's allegation came as he and "Morning Joe" co-host and fiance Mika Brzezinski, who were both once distinct … Read More
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3 CNN journalists responsible for retracted article resign

Three journalists from CNN's investigative team have resigned after an internal review found flaws in an investigation that tied a senior adviser of President Trump to an investment fund overseen by the Russian government. The author of the story, Thomas Frank, the story's editor, Eric Lichtblau and CNN Investigates Executive Editor Lex Haris have all left the network, according … Read More
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Wall Street Journal fires foreign affairs correspondent for ties to gunrunner

The Wall Street Journal has fired Jay Solomon, its chief foreign affairs correspondent, after the newspaper learned he was unethically entangled in the business dealings of one of his sources. The Associated Press uncovered that Solomon was offered a 10 percent stake in a company called Denx LLC while reporting on the company's founder, aviation magnate Farhad Azima, according … Read More
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Against objectivity

Editor's note: Tom Warhover is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. From 2001 to 2017, Warhover was also executive editor of the Columbia Missourian, a community newspaper managed by professionals and staffed by students. Consider the following. A newsroom in California declares on its “about” page that it stands for these things: A government that is transparent, … Read More
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Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones and how to interrogate a liar without getting played

Megyn Kelly and NBC News are standing by their decision to give airplay to crank conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, despite an ad boycott by J.P. Morgan Chase and an outcry from defenders of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims whose memory Jones has defiled by claiming their murders were staged to undermine gun rights. Jones is notorious for … Read More
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Argus Leader retracts 11 stories after review finds fishy quotes and information

The (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) Argus Leader on Wednesday announced that it had retracted 11 articles after a review of a former summer intern's work found quotes and other information that could not be verified. The Argus Leader did not name the intern whose work it retracted. A notice published by the paper last week announced the retraction … Read More
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New York Times editing cuts mean doing more with less. Will credibility suffer?

The internet went nuts Wednesday when President Trump tweeted an unfinished, unpunctuated thought with a mysteriously misspelled word — “Despite the constant negative press covfefe” — leaving the world bewildered over his meaning. Trump’s Twitter feed and official White House statements are notorious for such typos — misspelling “attaker,” asking "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my … Read More
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The New York Times killed the public editor job just when it's needed most

No, New York Times! Not the public editor! Why, with trust in news organizations at an all-time low, would you cut the one position dedicated to holding your journalists to account in public? We need you to reconsider. We know you can pay for it. Thanks to a big increase in subscribers (whom the public editor represents!) your … Read More
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New York Times publisher explains why he decided to kill the public editor job

The job of watchdogging New York Times journalists "cannot be outsourced to a single intermediary," so The New York Times has decided to eliminate the public editor job, publisher Arthur Sulzberger wrote in a note to staff Wednesday. "The public editor position, created in the aftermath of a grave journalistic scandal, played a crucial part in rebuilding our readers’ trusts … Read More
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Denver Post fires sportswriter for racist tweet

The Denver Post on Monday fired sportswriter Terry Frei a day after he tweeted that a Japanese driver's victory in the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend made him "very uncomfortable." UPDATE: The Denver Post's statement on Terry Frei https://t.co/HPYG08nOe9 (corrects typo from earlier version) pic.twitter.com/3ROSPSsELE — The Denver Post (@denverpost) May 29, … Read More
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Denver Post editor: Sportswriter's tweet doesn't reflect our values

A Denver Post sportswriter's observation that a Japanese driver's Indy 500 victory made him "very uncomfortable" is not keeping with the values of that newspaper, Editor Lee Ann Colacioppo told Poynter in an email. "Terry Frei's tweet does not reflect the standards and values of The Denver Post," she wrote. "We are treating this as a personnel issue and have … Read More
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Jonathan Martin says he got Bozeman reporter's photo from another source

Jonathan Martin says there's no way he swiped a photo from another reporter. "Anybody who knows me, or just follows me on Twitter, will appreciate how laughable it is that I would seek to diminish another reporter," said Martin, national political correspondent for The New York Times. "I greatly admire my colleagues in the press corps — overseas, in Washington … Read More
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