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10 questions journalists should ask themselves before going live on Facebook

Facebook Live came of age this week in the way that radio did in World War II, TV did when John Kennedy was killed, cable TV did during the first Gulf War and Twitter did in the Arab Spring. Journalists will look back on this week years from now and remember a time when only TV and radio stations had … Read More
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Portrait of a meddling publisher

Elizabeth Spiers, the former editor in chief of the New York Observer, describes dueling with Jared Kushner, the paper's owner, over a B.S. story about his real estate rival. Spiers put two reporters on a story he requested and they both found nothing. Kushner wasn't happy and kept selling it.

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New report asks whether journalists should be neutral in the face of ISIS

How much information do we need from the darkest places of the world? That's one of several questions posed in "The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS," a provocative paper by Paul Wood, a BBC correspondent and 2015 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School. It details ISIS kidnappings, including one with grim specificity, and his own reporting on … Read More
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Jonah Lehrer says he's sorry, again

Serial plagiarist and fabricator Jonah Lehrer wants readers to know he made a "mistake." That's according to the introduction for his latest book, an exploration about intimate human relationships called "A Book About Love." In the book, his first solo effort since being outed for fabricating quotes by Bob Dylan and cribbing work from other authors, Lehrer says he's … Read More
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PBS burned by its own fireworks coverage, admits using old video

PBS apparently celebrated the nation's independence by rather freely using video from another Fourth of July celebration. A Monday night production, "A Capitol Fourth" was not live as-advertised, as it was "spliced in with video from previous years' spectacles," as NBC News reported. It apparently didn't take FBI or Secret Service teams to discern the skullduggery. Many viewers took … Read More
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In court files, Rolling Stone author describes how story came apart

"'The subject line of my email was ‘our worst nightmare,’ and that was true,' Erdely wrote in the court filing. 'The experience of losing faith in Jackie’s credibility was devastating and disorienting.'"

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Mother Jones toes the ethical line in undercover exposé

Shane Bauer spent months as an undercover prison guard for a compelling Mother Jones longread. But he didn't lie on his resume, preserving an important reporters' guideline: Never misrepresent yourself.

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Ask the Ethicist: How big are the problems with Gay Talese's book?

Gay Talese is apparently standing by his work. The nonfiction master defended his upcoming volume, "The Voyeur’s Motel," on Friday in a statement to The New York Times, saying that he's "not disavowing the book, and neither is my publisher." His remarks are a complete about-face from his position on Thursday, when he told The Washington Post he … Read More
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