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Las Vegas Review-Journal editor fired

Stephanie Grimes, a Las Vegas Review-Journal features editor, has been pushed out amid the ongoing turmoil set in motion by the purchase of the newspaper by Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. "The time has come to move on. The choice was made for me."

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Ask the ethicist: Should local TV anchors agree to conditional interviews with the president?

Whether he's gabbing with Zach Galifianakis between two ferns or talking to Marc Maron in his garage, President Obama is used to orchestrating unconventional interviews to get his message out. His latest effort came earlier this week, when he invited several journalists from local TV stations to the White House for one-on-one interviews. Six local anchors spent … Read More
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Media shoots down latest Trump conspiracy theory

A National Enquirer claim that Texas senator Ted Cruz was fathered by a man who was sympathetic to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was largely laughed off by major media outlets.

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Scholarship money shrinking from White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

"The association’s spending on scholarships for journalism students declined 26 percent, to $86,550, from 2013 to 2014–that’s the least it has spent on scholarships since 2007. The association spent only 21.5 percent of its revenue on scholarships in 2014, down from 26 percent in 2013 and nearly 60 percent in 2009."

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Daily Mail 'repackages' freelancer's story

The Daily Mail ran a story from freelancer Martin Fletcher that was published by another publication. "This isn’t proper journalism, as Fletcher told me. It is plunder plain and simple. And his is not an isolated case."

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Huffington Post questions own ability to fairly cover Uber

How can Huffington Post fairly cover Uber now that boss Arianna Huffington is on Uber's board of directors? "For as long as there have been newspapers, media moguls have had relationships — personal or financial — with powerful businesses and politicians. That was true for William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, and it’s true today for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg. What makes Huffington different is that she is not a publisher who resides strictly on the business side."

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Ask the ethicist: Should Arianna Huffington sit on Uber's board?

Arianna Huffington was announced as the newest member of Uber's board of directors today, sparking questions about whether the appointment would conflict with her role as editor in chief of The Huffington Post. In statements to CNN, The Verge and others, The Huffington Post sought to allay concerns that her new job would influence coverage at the online … Read More
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Some universities are forgetting the difference between journalism and public relations

At several colleges around the country, communications departments are running blogs and news sites that don't look too different from journalism. "The role of the public relations department is to manage the reputation of the university — not produce the news, not produce a newspaper."

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NY Daily News editor: 'I accept 100% of the blame'

Jotham Sederstrom, the editor who was fired from the New York Daily News for removing attribution from columns written by senior justice writer Shaun King, publicly apologized this morning. Sederstrom called the deletions an accident in a post on Medium, citing a frenetic newsroom pace, sloppy editing and technical glitch, the error: In all honesty, the controversy  —  a fuck … Read More
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An ethical quandary for nonprofit journalism — are funders calling the shots?

The American Press Institute — and an axis of the biggest journalism foundations — makes the case in a new study that the nonprofit news sector urgently needs a code of ethics for accepting story-related grants. The report, released late Wednesday afternoon at a Columbia Journalism School event, has a pair of damning findings: More than half of 63 … Read More
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Post editor: The media didn't create Donald Trump

Marty Baron, the stoic editor of The Washington Post, balks at the idea that Trump's ascent was created by the media. "I think that exaggerates the role of the media and his ascendance within the Republican Party."

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Fired editor identified

The New York Daily News editor who removed attribution from writer Shaun King's columns in at least three instances has been identified as Jotham Sederstrom, an assignment editor at the Daily News.

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New York Daily News fires editor for deleting attribution

The New York Daily News on Tuesday fired an editor after unearthing a pattern of deletions that made it appear as if a columnist had plagiarized work from multiple news outlets. In an unusual episode in the annals of journalism controversy, Daily News editor Jim Rich announced the firing of the unnamed editor for serial attribution-removal after a brief plagiarism … Read More
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