Articles about "Source relationships"


FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, the Los Angeles Times building is seen in downtown Los Angeles. Newspaper headlines have skewered money lenders for dubious decisions that stoked the recession. Now the financiers are starting to headline newspapers in a new way, as the owners. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

LAT fires investigative reporter after disclosure of ‘inappropriate relationship’ with source

Los Angeles Times | Associated Press

The Los Angeles Times fired investigative reporter Jason Felch after he disclosed he had “engaged in an inappropriate relationship” with someone who was a source for a Dec. 7 story on Occidental College’s handling of sexual assault allegations.

Times Editor Davan Maharaj fired Felch on Friday. The Times noted:

Maharaj said the inappropriate relationship with a source and the failure to disclose it earlier constituted “a professional lapse of the kind that no news organization can tolerate.”

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James Risen ‘will, of course, keep fighting’ after court setback

Politico | The New York Times

A federal appeals court Tuesday said it would not reconsider a July decision ordering New York Times reporter James Risen to testify in the trial of a purported source.

I will, of course, keep fighting,” Risen told Politico’s Josh Gerstein Tuesday.

The decision “is expected to set up an appeal by Mr. Risen to the Supreme Court in what has become a major case over the scope and limitations of First Amendment press freedoms,” Charlie Savage writes in the Times.

“It’s possible prosecutors could withdraw the subpoena, particularly under new guidelines Attorney General Eric Holder issued in July limiting efforts to seek information or testimony from journalists,” Gerstein writes. Gerstein also posted a copy of the court’s decision.… Read more

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Al Jazeera America competitor bravely dings new venture in anonymous quote

The Baltimore Sun

The New York Times shouldn’t have let an anonymous source predict Al Jazeera America will get low ratings, Baltimore Sun television and media critic David Zurawik writes: “I guess, if the Times wants to be used this way, that is its right.”

But why not tell the “senior television news executive” that he or she has to be named or the quote will not be used? Or, how about telling us what network or channel they are a “senior television news executive” at, so we can judge?

The passage in question was in Brian Stelter’s Aug. 18 story about the launch of the network, which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon:… Read more

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New Yorker introduces Aaron Swartz-developed privacy tool Strongbox

The New Yorker | The Washington Post | The New York Times | Wired | Guardian | All Things D

The New Yorker on Tuesday introduced its new, anonymous electronic tip tool Strongbox, coincidentally on the heels of renewed concerns over privacy for journalists’ sources following revelations of Department of Justice surveillance of AP staffers (which The Washington Post’s Timothy B. Lee notes is “likely perfectly legal”)

The Strongbox site ostensibly allows people to submit letters, documents, emails or any other files to the New Yorker anonymously. It was developed in conjunction with Wired investigations editor Kevin Poulsen and the late Web activist and developer Aaron Swartz, who hanged himself in January after facing charges of wire fraud and computer fraud. Poulsen, whose publication also is owned by New Yorker parent Conde Nast, wrote about Swartz’s involvement, and why Strongbox was a necessity.… Read more

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Judge delays decision in Jana Winter case

Denver Post | CNN

A judge in Arapahoe County, Colo., said Fox News reporter Jana Winter won’t yet be compelled to testify. Attorneys for James Holmes, who is accused of last year’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., want Winter to reveal which law enforcement sources told her Holmes had sent a disturbing notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ruled Winter won’t have to testify until he decides whether to admit the notebook as evidence, John Ingold reports. … Read more

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Fox News reporter who won’t reveal sources threatened with jail

Fox News | BuzzFeed | Courthouse News Service

Jana Winter won’t reveal which law enforcement sources told her Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect James Holmes sent a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist. And she may go to jail because of it.

The Fox News reporter’s scoop last July is at the center of a fight between the reporter and Holmes’ attorneys that’s now playing out in an Arapahoe County courtroom, an unbylined report on Fox’s site says. The judge who approved a subpoena for her sources — who Holmes’ attorneys claim violated a gag order by sharing details about the notebook — has since stepped down, and at a hearing April 1 Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said the motion “presented her with a ‘Hobson’s Choice,’ ” the Fox report says:

If forced to testify, Winter would either reveal her confidential sources in the nation’s highest profile trial – perhaps destroying her career as an investigative reporter – or spend up to six months in jail, according to Judge Samour.

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Who’s named and who remains nameless in Petraeus affair reporting

A sure-to-be updated list of sources in the ever-more-spiraling story, in very rough chronological order of appearance:

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Aide to Secretary of State insults BuzzFeed reporter

BuzzFeed
While BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings was reporting his story about U.S. Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens’ diary, he had a salty exchange with Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines. It was testy from the start, which means by the time these guys got to their third round of emails their irons were particularly hot:

Hastings: Why don’t you give answers that aren’t bullshit for a change?

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Voice of San Diego defends itself over not crediting another journalist

Joel on the Road | VoiceofSanDiego.org | Fishbowl LA
VoiceofSanDiego.org published a stunning story Monday about a local school district that was on the hook for $877 million in interest after borrowing $105 million. The story got national attention and garnered reporter Will Carless a spot on CNBC, which credited him with breaking the story.

That irritated Michigan journalist Joel Thurtell, who had written about the bond deal already and helped Carless with his story. Thurtell wrote in a letter to CNBC that, contrary to what was said on the air, he was the one who broke this story.

Note that he corrected your reporter for mispronouncing his name, but allowed your staffer’s statement that he broke the Poway story to pass.

Will Carless and the Voice of San Diego did NOT find, nor did they break, the Poway story.

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Ari Fleischer: Quote approval started with good intent

CNN
Ari Fleischer, press secretary for part of President George W. Bush’s first term, writes that he “would have been laughed out of the briefing room” if he had tried to get reporters to let him approve or clean up a quotation, a practice revealed last month by The New York Times. “As a former press secretary, I’m all for trying to control the press, but quote approval goes too far.”

The practice started late in Bush’s second term, Fleischer writes, based on a conversation he had with The New York Times’ Peter Baker.

Like Prohibition, it began with good intent.

Reporters covering Bush’s second term, under pressure from editors not to use unnamed sources in their stories, started asking their sources if a background quote, attributed to a senior aide, could instead be turned into an on-the-record quote, with the aide’s name in print.

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