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Should journalists stay away from Newtown this weekend?

According to The Washington Post, a long list of respected journalism organizations including ABC News, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, The New York Times, USA Today and the Post itself say they plan to stay away from … Read more

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NYPD sort of restores reporters’ access to police reports

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Journalists will once again be able to access crime reports at local police precincts in New York City -- as long as they make requests through a central information office first. The Nabe broke the story last week of a change in police procedure that would have required the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information to dispense reports.

The police revised the directive after CUNY Graduate Graduate School of Journalism Dean Stephen B. Shepard complained in a letter to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, The Nabe reports. (more...)
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Desensationalizing stories dealing with tragedies such as the shootings at Columbine High School require careful reporting by journalists. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

5 tips on how to desensationalize stories

Every year, news agencies fight harder than before to capture the audience’s attention — and every innovation seems to make that job tougher. With the creation of cable news, the 24-hour news cycle and, more recently, a seemingly infinite number … Read more

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NYPD stops giving journalists crime reports at precincts

The Nabe | DNAinfo New York
The New York City Police Department has decided to "restrict journalists’ access to the forms detailing crime reports in every New York City precinct," Amanda Woods writes.
According to an 88th Precinct Community Affairs officer, this is happening because some precincts in the city allow journalists to access the forms, while others don’t. Reporters from citywide outlets have pushed the precincts that don’t offer the reports to do so. As a result, police authorities at One Police Plaza in Manhattan decided that all precincts will no longer grant journalists access to the forms.
"The NYPD's public information office, known as DCPI, typically disemminates only select major crimes such as murders, sexual assaults and grand larcenies, but often does not include lower level neighborhood crimes," Murray Weiss writes in DNAinfo. “DCPI is a small unit, so I don't know how they're going to handle it," an unnamed source tells Weiss.

Related: Whether to publish Newtown 911 tapes: A good question but not the best one
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Editor: Running mugshots of black men was ‘right thing to do’

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Maynard Institute
The front page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Nov. 17 showed mugshots for 32 people arrested in a federal investigation of the city's crack trade. "Of the latest round-up, all the suspects are men," Beth Burger wrote. "All are black."

"See their faces all in one grouping and you can't ignore that," Free Press Editor Alison Gerber writes in a column about the cover. "You can't just shrug it off." (more...)
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Journalists under attack: Pros offer safety advice

Look at this page on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ website and feel a pain in your gut. The site documents the 45 journalists who have been killed on the job worldwide this year. Most were covering human rights, politics … Read more

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In this June 5, 2013 file photo, Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after the third day of his court martial. Manning provided information to the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nine ways journalists can do justice to transgender people’s stories

Transgender people make news of all kinds, so reporters of all kinds need to know how to write about them – not just journalists whose beats regularly include diversity issues. Recently, government reporters found themselves writing about Pvt. Chelsea ManningRead more

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Standoff between reporters and police ends with planned trip to Chili’s

Dallas Morning News | 10,000 Words Police shut a group of reporters out of a public meeting in Dallas Monday, but they got in after tweeting about their plight and phoning city officials. "I suspect in this case, the city officials played the biggest role in getting us inside. But Twitter certainly didn't hurt because it allows us to amplify our concerns," Dallas Morning News reporter Tristan Hallman wrote in an e-mail to Poynter. (more...)
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The media’s mistakes in covering Navy Yard shooting

Breaking news is never pretty -- anyone who hungers for facts and speed during a story as fluid as Monday's shootings in Washington, D.C., is asking for a lot. Still, there were some notable screwups today, like...

Identifying suspect without official confirmation NBC and CBS retracted reports identifying the shooter as Rollie Chance. By that time, online detectives had found Chance's LinkedIn page and a photo that purports to be him.

 

NBC News was more careful later: (more...)
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D.C. TV station quotes scanner during Navy Yard coverage

Washington, D.C., TV station WTTG-TV quoted liberally from police scanners on its Twitter account during coverage of a mass shooting Monday at D.C.'s Navy Yard.

Quoting from police scanners during a breaking news situation may be tempting, but it's a really bad idea, as the information passing through such devices is not confirmed (and authorities generally don't have time to confirm it).

During the Boston Marathon bombings manhunt, a "false-information feedback loop" occurred after police repeated bad information they'd seen on Twitter. (more...)
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