Articles about "Transparency"

Is the Obama administration really the ‘most transparent’ ever?

In a live "Hangout" video chat on Google+ last week, President Obama answered a critic's question about his administration's secrecy over drone killings and Benghazi with this claim:
This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case -- everything from every visitor who comes into the White House is now part of the public record. That is something we changed. Every law that we pass, every rule that we implement we put online for everyone to see.

Obama administration’s FOIA record worse than Bush’s

Bloomberg | The New York Times
Bloomberg News found that 19 of 20 federal agencies did not comply within 20 days to a request for travel expenses made under the Freedom of Information Act. Jim Snyder and Danielle Ivory report:
“When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk,’ ” said Daniel Metcalfe, director of the Department of Justice’s office monitoring the government’s compliance with FOIA requests from 1981 to 2007.
Analysis done by the Scripps Howard Foundation reveals that President Obama’s administration granted a smaller percentage of open records requests in its first two years in office than George W. Bush’s administration granted in its final three years. (more...)
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New adds stream of user tips for crowd ranking

News as a public process, rather than the polished output of a magic journalism box, is one of the big ideas in journalism innovation. But what exactly does that look like?

The new homepage of has a stream
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New website builds dossiers on journalists, hopes transparency will lead to trust

Ira Stoll is 38. He has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. His phone number is (718) 499-2199 and his email is He went to college at Harvard, has worked at the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street … Read more


Is it really a big deal if journalists share personal opinions?

News about “World of Opera” host Lisa Simeone becoming an Occupy Wall Street spokesperson has renewed attention to questions that journalists have grappled with for years. Should journalists’ personal lives have any bearing on their work as journalists? And if … Read more

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Guardian publishes upcoming story budgets, invites reader feedback
The Guardian will publish "a carefully-selected portion" of its internal lists of upcoming story topics, inviting readers to get in touch with reporters or editors if they have something to contribute. The goal is to treat news as an open, interactive process, instead of a finished product concealed until completion. National News Editor Dan Roberts explains:
"What if readers were able to help newsdesks work out which stories were worth investing precious reporting resources in? What if all those experts who delight in telling us what's wrong with our stories after they've been published could be enlisted into giving us more clues beforehand? What if the process of working out what to investigate actually becomes part of the news itself?"

"Obviously, we're not planning to list all our exclusives or embargoed content and we'll also have to be careful not to say anything legally sensitive or unsubstantiated. Nonetheless, we think there are lots of routine things that we list every day which might provoke interesting responses from readers."
Earlier: New Guardian digital focus to center on ‘open journalism on the Web’

The Atlantic Wire opens editorial discussions to the public The Atlantic Wire is experimenting with letting the public observe and participate in its story pitching and editing processes by conducting them in an open comment thread. “As with many web news operations, The Atlantic Wire is mostly edited via terse messages in a group chat room... We had a thought: Why not move that out into the open and let anyone who wants to take part?” editor Gabriel Snyder wrote. The "Open Wire" experiment is designed to increase transparency about the editorial process. || UPDATE: Snyder published a piece about what he's learned from this experiment.