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"The 1st Amendment is the best amendment." NPR Public Editor, SVP @Poynter, chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and LeadershipSource
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Not naming mass shooters (much) is now the norm

Not naming mass shooters (much) is now the norm

Just one week ago, newsrooms mobilized to cover yet another mass shooting, this time in a municipal building in Virginia Beach. As they told the story of the 12 murders, the vast majority of newspapers and TV stations covering the tragedy embraced the practice of not using the shooter’s name unless it was absolutely necessary. For an industry that is often criticized for being slow to change, this development is remarkable. It demonstrates that newsrooms can alter their standards and practices in a fairly dramatic way over a relatively short period of time when presented with convincing...

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Jun 12, 2019
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Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists - Poynter

Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists - Poynter

The increasing acts of violence against journalists are causing many newsrooms to rethink some ethical best practices. These evolving standards go beyond the recommendations for .Here’s a run-down of ways to balance the need to document the first draft of history with the need to keep journalists safe.Support high-integrity, independent journalism that serves democracy. Make a gift to Poynter today. The Poynter Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and your gift helps us make good journalism better.Tags:First gentleman is ‘not an official title, always lowercase.’Consistency,...

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Jan 16
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NPR Had The Leaked Trump Tape, Too. Here's What The Newsroom Did With It

NPR Had The Leaked Trump Tape, Too. Here's What The Newsroom Did With It

Trump's Georgia Call Is A Window Into NPR's Strategy Around Local Journalism : NPR Public Editor A public radio initiative to bolster local reporting paid off in dividendsOn the first Sunday of 2021, journalists in two competing Washington newsrooms were listening to a leaked recording of President Donald Trump demanding that Georgia officials find him more votes and change the outcome of their election last November. The Washington Post published the first reports detailing the hour-long phone call of Trump cajoling and even threatening the Georgia secretary of state. But right after that,...

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Jan 7
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NPR Standards Need More Clarity Around When To Name A Mass Shooter

NPR Standards Need More Clarity Around When To Name A Mass Shooter

Within the last three years, many American newsrooms, including NPR's, have reduced both the frequency and prominence with which they name suspects in mass shootings. But the editorial judgments have been somewhat inconsistent — case-by-case decisions on balancing the obligations to report the news with growing audience demands to be sensitive to families and not glorify the assailants. Now it's time to take the next step. Newsrooms, including NPR's, need to develop standards that guide journalists and help the audience understand when it is appropriate to name the shooter, and when to...

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Kelly McBride
Mar 25
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Should journalists sacrifice their right to vote in primaries to keep their politics private? - Poynter

Should journalists sacrifice their right to vote in primaries to keep their politics private? - Poynter

What if your boss told you that you weren’t allowed to vote?If you’re a journalist, it’s not unheard of for your manager to rule out this basic civic right. A core journalistic value is objectivity, and voting in a primary that involves publicly declaring yourself a D or an R compromises the public perception of a journalist’s neutrality.Every four years the journalism profession has this argument. As primary season barrels toward us, these disagreements are heating up among journalists who advocate for participating, even if there is a public record of affiliation, and those who believe we...

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Jan 28, 2020
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Many news organizations will cast aside historic taboos and apply for federal money. Will they need a whole new set of ethics? - Poynter

Many news organizations will cast aside historic taboos and apply for federal money. Will they need a whole new set of ethics? - Poynter

Local newsrooms are so pressed for cash that historic taboos on asking for government assistance seem to have melted away.As the applications for federal coronavirus relief loans open, many newsroom leaders and industry lobbyists have suggested they’ll seek a piece of the action, and possibly seek permanent help down the line. Hard times or no, this would be an unprecedented step into new ethics territory for most of American journalism.Poynter’s business analyst Rick Edmonds and Kelly McBride, the chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, discuss the pros and...

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Apr 3, 2020
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Do news sites have an ethical duty to remove paywalls on coronavirus coverage? - Poynter

Do news sites have an ethical duty to remove paywalls on coronavirus coverage? - Poynter

For two years now many news sites have turned to digital subscriptions as a financial lifeline. With a global pandemic upon us, editors and publishers have been asking if now is the time to reverse course and make their news free again, at least temporarily?Poynter’s business analyst Rick Edmonds discussed this dilemma with Kelly McBride, the chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership.Edmonds: Two reporters have called me last week for comment about papers (the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe) that have kept their paywall up for much of their coronavirus coverage....

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Mar 23, 2020
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