The NBA season has ended, and the playoffs have begun
, causing a figurative ton
of internet ink
to be spilled on predictions and power rankings
. But one word in particular seems to keep popping up in articles to describe white players like Steve Novak, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Andrew Bogut, and Josh McRoberts: "Dorky." And the writers that use it are inevitably white. Triangle Offense
's Khalid Saalam (previously
) thinks they should probably cut that out.
In the wake of recent debates
about the responsibility of journalists to their subjects, this essay from TampaBay.com
, about a woman suffering from a rare disorder, and the writer's relationship with her before and after the story is being written, has been hearalded as a good counterexample
of "a journalist analyzing her actions ferociously," and doing a more ethical job of dealing with "suffering, suicide and a journalist's responsibility
In October, 18-year old high school senior Ryan Romo was arrested
for the sexual assault of a child (someone 16 or under, by TX state law).
On October 31, CultureMap Dallas's managing editor, Claire St. Amant published an article
asking, "Is this Highland Park baseball star a rapist?" St. Amant ended her article, stating: If it's a case of impulsive teenage decisions, remorse and guilt, then no one suffers more than 18-year-old Ryan Romo. [more inside]
Former CNN journalist Amber Lyon
is speaking out against the network
after it decided for "editorial reasons" not to air its documentary iRevolution
on CNN International. Lyon worked on a 13-minute segment
interviewing democratic activists in Bahrain, who risked their own safety to be heard. Glenn Greenwald reveals that at the same time, CNN was being paid by the Bahrain Economic Development Board to produce pro-state coverage
as part of its "Eye On" series
. A senior producer complained to Lyon about the nature of her coverage: "We are dealing with blowback from Bahrain govt on how we violated our mission, etc."
What We Left Out of Our Report About a Baby Who Died (And Why)
. The regional editor of Iowa's Urbandale Patch
eloquently explains the reasoning behind the the paper's decision not to post the wrenching 911 call made when a 19-month-old baby had stopped breathing.
Should a Wash Post writer take one toke over the line to build trust to get the story?
The Washington Post has a strict policy that its reporters not engage in anything illegal to get a story. Does that include taking a hit on a joint or pipe if it will get the subject of the story to open up? Not surprisingly, the reader poll had over 70% say, I'd hit that.
An Associated Press photo of last Wednesday's Middle East peace talks in Washington D. C. was enhanced
for publication in Al-Ahram
, Egypt's state-run and largest newspaper. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was electronically moved to a more central position.
Victoria (Australia) had moderate flooding last week, which journalists were keen
to report. Perhaps too
keen. Full story here
"..when a victorious chief minister openly admits
that he himself approached the leading newspaper of his state with money for “positive stories” after learning that the newspaper had signed a “package deal” with his rivals to print negative stories
, you had better sit up and take urgent notice
The Medill School of Journalism's Washington Program revealed its Pentagon Travel project last week (multimedia
Most privately paid for travel was found to be within the bounds of federal law
, but some still show a clear conflict
From 1998 through 2007, sources outside the federal government paid for more than 22,000 trips worth at least $26 million. The medical industry paid for more travel than any other outside interest — more than $10 million for some 8,700 trips, or about 40 percent of all outside sponsored travel. Among the targets: military pharmacists, doctors, and others who administer the Pentagon’s $6 billion-plus annual budget for prescription drugs.
Medill acquired 10 years worth of trip data and partnered with the Center for Public Integrity to form a searchable database
which includes destination, date, sponsor, sponsor nationality, cost of trip or agency.
The New York Evening Graphic
was published by Bernarr Macfadden
, body builder
, health crusader
, and prolific author (Strong Eyes
, How Success is Won
, and Brain Energy
 to name a few of his hundred titles).
In 1998, a journalist at The New Republic
named Stephen Glass wrote a compelling piece in the influential magazine entitled 'Hack Heaven
'. It told the story of how Glass witnessed a 15 year old hacker named Ian Restil being hired by a large Californian computer company named Jukt Micronics at a hacker convention as a security analyst after Restil hacked Jukt's website. But the entire story was, in fact, entirely fictional. [more inside]
The Canadian Journalism Project (CJP) and its websites, J-Source.ca (English)
and ProjetJ.ca (French)
, provides a source for news, research, commentary, advice, discussion and resources about the achievement of, and challenges to, excellence in Canadian journalism.
Vanity Fair sits down with Larry Flynt
--his history and hits and misses, how much he pays for scandals involving hypocritical public figures, and a new (and limp) Nixon anecdote -- and tons of other juicy tidbits, of course).
All you have to do is pick it up and it is yours. There it is, just staring at you. You are a global climate scientist or economist and the American Enterprise Institute, "an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration"
wants you to lend them some of your legitimacy, for which they will pay you ten grand.
Charlotte Observer photographer Patrick Schneider has been fired.
After a 2003 incident
in which the North Carolina Press Association stripped him of his awards for three pictures (before and after can be seen here
) the Observer has fired Schneider over the alteration of this
image. The question remains among photojournalists: is it unethical
to alter a photo in such a way that it more closely resembles what the eye saw and the camera is unable to capture, or is this a deceptive practice that damages the public's trust?
If you watch television news stations, you've probably already heard that the latest missing white girl has been found
. Naturally, the media is now obsessed with figuring out what led to the murder of the girl's parents. In the unending quest for information, TV news stations have shown
the myspace pages
of the two teens. And like many other teenagers, the two have xanga journals
as well. But several sources, both blogs
and mainstream news sites
, have publicized the location of these pages. Is this responsible journalism?
Previously on MeFi: Blogging from prison; diary of a killer?
U.S. Army Used Media Cover in Iraq for Own Ends
which sounds like a big old bowl of yellow journalism but isn't really, at least I don't think so. It was more to refute the Iraqi Minister of Lies talking about the whooping the Iraqi war machine was delivering to the coalition forces.
The main issue that the reporters had was that they were only getting the one side of the story and not the Iraqi perspective.
But it raises some questions about the supposed objectivity of the media. Is this a proper use of them? To help achieve military goals? Or to try to avoid more unnecessary deaths?
This lengthy Los Angeles Times photo correction
addresses the manipulation of a front page photo and the subsequent firing of its photographer. Working from two source photos, Brian Walski combined them in Photoshop to create a more compelling image, but was caught when someone noticed that some people appeared twice in the background of the modified photo. (via Fimoculous
A journalist with principles
When Katy Weitz, an anti-war feature writer for UK paper 'The Sun' picked up Thursday's edition and saw the headline, it was a step too far. She went in the following day and without another job to go to, handed in her resignation. It was no longer possible for her to write for a paper whose views she didn't agree with. I once gave up a marketing job because it ran against my principles as well. How far can we stretch ourselves before we have to shrug our shoulders and say ... it's only a job?
Will the web be the only place left to cover "unpopular" stories?
Exhibit A: This WP article
reporting that media consultants are recommending TV and radio not
to cover protests. (It's unpopular, therefore decreases ratings and therefore bad for business). Exhibit B: Clear Channel
tells their stations to ban the Dixie Chicks (Clear Channel wants to get in good with Bush). Exhibit C: Courts rules the media have no obligation to tell the truth
. Will a distributed or topic-specific IndyMedia
be the best or main source for deviant news? Something like the The Internet Topic Exchange
or pb's recent peacetrack
? Another reason to work on the Metafilter Online Journalism Project
? [more inside]
-- Dave Eggers wants to expose the process, "By reprinting your correspondence to me I hope to illuminate the journalist's mind: how a writer starts by telling me he is a fan of my work, supports my company's endeavors, etc, then writes a snippety little thing full of sneering and suspicion." so he's posted ALL of the email correspondance he had with david kirkpatrick before this unflattering piece
was printed... and after.
"I think it's important that our exchange be published. It's the only remedy commensurate with the impact you enjoyed with your original piece. I want your friends and family to see it, and to say 'David, ew.'"
Meanspirited all around, but can you blame him?
We the Public Press..
In order to form a more perfect newsmedia, establish reader distrust, avoid few legalities, provide for the common deafndumb, promote the grocery store impulse buy kiosks, and secure the Blessings of Boldfaced Lying to ourselves and our Readership, do completely avoid and ignore this annoying Code of Ethics...
John Stossel Reprimanded but not Fired by ABC
- It is not exactly new information
that Stossel has a habit of distorting facts and misleading the public. However, in this case he apparently thought he could get away with fabricating two complete sets of lab results related to food safety. Willingly disseminating false health information strikes me as a serious breach of journalistic ethics. In any case, ABC thinks a slap on the wrist will suffice, and tonight Stossel is expected to make an on-air apology. Will he admit he lied or blame an intern?