Articles about "Ethics"

Journalists continue to rank low in public trust. (Depositphotos)

Still slip-sliding: Gallup poll ranks journalists low on honesty, ethics

Gallup released a poll on "U.S. Views on Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions" Monday, and journalists rank pretty low.

The poll, conducted Dec. 5 through 8, used telephone interviews with a random sample of more than 1,000 adults in the country.

Their findings: just 21 percent of the people surveyed ranked newspaper reporters with high or very high honesty and ethical standards. Next came lawyers, tying with 21 percent, followed by TV reporters at 20 percent, then advertisers at a miserable 14 percent. (more...)
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Newtown’s media blackout forces journalists to do their jobs

The one-year anniversary of a tragic event is a significant moment. But for journalists, such moments too often become opportunities for emotional exploitation rather than real journalism.

The citizens of Newtown, Conn., and the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary … Read more

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PoynterVision: White House photo practices break promise of open government

Kenny Irby, senior faculty at Poynter, advises the public to critically analyze photos from the White House Press Office, particularly as it routinely denies photojournalists access to the president.

Founder of Poynter’s photojournalism program, Irby says he doesn’t believe … Read more

Raul Ramirez, KQED's executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15, 2013. (KQED Photo)

‘Power of voices’: Inspiring last words from journalist Raul Ramirez

Raul Ramirez, KQED’s executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15, 2013. (KQED Photo)

Editor’s note: Raul Ramirez, KQED Public Radio’s executive director of news and public affairs and former Poynter Ethics Fellow, died Nov. 15 at age Read more

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Attribution in a digital age is getting murkier. (Depositphotos)

Getting digital attribution right, Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series. Part 1 is here.

Traditional journalism standards have typically governed attribution, and the general rule when using the work of others verbatim is to put quotation marks around the republished content … Read more

Computer keyboard keys used CTRL, C and V for copy and paste. (Depositphotos)

Getting digital attribution right, Part 1

Control+C, Control+V.

These two simple keystrokes — copy, paste — have created a culture that makes it easy for online publishers to share others’ content and use it in their own work. Much of this sharing and reuse is done … Read more

Raul Ramirez died Friday at age 67. He was a Poynter Ethics Fellow and served as visiting faculty for the 2006 Leadership Academy. (Jim Stern)

Journalist Raul Ramirez dies at 67

Raul Ramirez died Friday at age 67. He was a Poynter Ethics Fellow and served as visiting faculty for the 2006 Leadership Academy.
San Francisco Chronicle | San Jose Mercury News Raul Ramirez, a widely respected journalist and educator whose investigations delved into some of society's most troubling issues, died Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Ramirez passed away at his Berkeley home following a diagnosis in July of esophageal cancer, the newspaper said in a story Friday. He served most recently as executive director of news and public affairs at KQED Public Radio. His stories included examinations of conditions in jail where he worked as a deputy sheriff and of the hard lives of farm laborers with whom he worked in the fields.
But arguably the biggest risk Mr. Ramirez took was at the [San Francisco] Examiner in the 1970s. In a story about a Chinatown gang murder case, he and Lowell Bergman revealed that law enforcement officers had pressured witnesses into lying. In turn, the authorities sued for libel. The Examiner refused to provide legal counsel for Bergman, a freelancer. So Mr. Ramirez decided to abandon the company's attorney and join his colleague. "You're not going to find a lot of reporters who do that," said Bergman, now a professor at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. "He put his job at risk, his professional future at risk, and he never wavered. ... He never asked for anything in return."  
Ramirez's career included work for the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and the Oakland Tribute as well as the Examiner. He was also an educator and lectured at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and San Francisco State Journalism Department. He further served as a Poynter Ethics Fellow and visiting faculty for the 2006 Leadership Academy. The San Jose Mercury News spoke with one of his students on his impact as a teacher:
Former student Jackie Backman said Ramirez's influence on his students' writing and journalism skills were unparalleled. While he was intimidating and expected the best of his students, she said, he never wavered in doing anything he could to help them achieve what he expected of them.
The Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter had planned to honor him with its Distinguished Service to Journalism Award at a ceremony on Tuesday.  
The gloves come off as journalists increasingly fact-check other journalists. (Depositphotos)

‘Gloves come off’ as journalists debunk each other’s Obamacare horror stories

When Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik saw Deborah Cavallaro tell her story on television, something about it didn’t add up.

Cavallaro is a real-estate agent and investor in Westchester, Calif. She’s also become a minor media celebrity in the … Read more

Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel will moderate a discussion on journalism ethics in the digital age on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Livestream: Truth, trust and journalism ethics in the 21st Century

On Wednesday, The Poynter Institute presents a livestream of “Truth and Trust in the 21st Century,” a discussion about the evolving issues in journalism ethics.

Kelly McBride, Poynter senior faculty member and media ethicist, and Tom Rosenstiel, American Press Institute … Read more


U.S. Soccer-sponsored internship prepares students for ‘a really confusing world of journalism’

On Thursday, Poynter reported on a potential partnership between Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the U.S. Soccer Federation. Poynter initially made calls on the story with questions about the ethics of the arrangement. What degree of independence would the students have? Would they mostly be doing public relations?

But the story didn't focus on those questions. Instead, it centered on the possibility that the whole thing might not happen after excited students began contacting the U.S. Soccer Federation themselves and the federation put on the brakes.

But it did include this line: "Feeding the U.S. Soccer’s Twitter account and other media sites wouldn’t be a problem for students in the school’s public relations (Strategic Communication) track, but poses ethical issues for the student journalists."

And that's what Bill Reader, associate professor at Ohio University, took issue with. In a comment posted on the story, Reader wrote:
It is unfair and unethical itself to level an allegation that there is some "ethical" impropriety with such an educational opportunity. College students are just that -- students -- who are free to take courses outside of their major areas of study or to get involved in activities that aren't within the "bubbles" of their chosen majors.

In the case of students interested in sports journalism, it would be foolish for them to not also take some courses about sports administration and marketing.

Kelly McBride, Poynter senior faculty, said Friday that a variety of opportunities exist for journalists now, and an opportunity like OU's partnership prepares students for "a really confusing world of journalism." (more...)
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