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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 16, 2007 Taking Risks with Advertisers: A Philly Inquirer business column and a bank have a new arrangement. The Poynter ethics faculty weighs in.
QUOTE: ...from The Philadelphia Inquirer: a new column produced by the paper's writers and editors that will run in a green-colored box with a Citizens Bank label. Green, like Citizens Bank's green. First of all, it looks as though we're talking about two different things the Inquirer is doing -- front-page advertising and sponsorship of a specific column. What's the difference?
Poynter Online Apr 15, 2007 Media Frenzy: A Soft Sell With Cold, Hard Cash in Mind
QUOTE: Can material spawned in such a way be anywhere near as effective as traditional advertising, or as good as conventional programming that is born by creative inspiration rather than to help sell something? After all, Samuel Goldwyn once observed (in a slightly different context): “Pictures are for entertainment. Messages should be delivered by Western Union.”
New York Times Apr 12, 2007 The Deeper Fakery of Couric's Plagiarism: Why original thought is harder to steal.
QUOTE: The network paid [McNamara] to write original essays for Katie Couric to read in video and audio clips made available on its Web site and to CBS-owned radio stations. McNamara deceived CBS by plagiarizing the Journal. But CBS News wronged visitors to its Web site by inviting them to think that the opinions Couric expressed in these commentaries were her own.
Slate Apr 11, 2007 Calls mount for firing of shock jock Don Imus: The radio host, who made a racist remark about a women's basketball team, has been suspended for two weeks.
QUOTE: After calling the NCAA finalists of the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy headed hos" on his radio show last week, many people believed Imus has crossed the line one too many times. After repeated apologies and appeals for forgiveness and a two-week suspension by CBS radio and MSNBC, the protests and demands that Imus be fired continue.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 11, 2007 Winners and Losers in the Duke Lacrosse Story
QUOTE: Our insistence upon ignoring most stories of sexual assault and going beyond the boundaries of responsible journalism with high-profile cases dooms us to forever fail in our primary mission as journalists: To tell the truth.
Poynter Online Apr 05, 2007 Why the Hype Just Keeps on Coming: Increased scrutiny of advertisers' claims for their products is unlikely to do much to temper their overheated pitches
QUOTE: Why so much product hype? Companies typically face scant public censure when it comes to outrageous product claims. Even if a government agency, plaintiff, or activist cries foul, there's often little penalty to be paid. The few weeks or months that most companies' ad campaigns run are usually over before anyone gets exercised over their claims. By then the companies have already achieved their objective of goosing sales and the public is often unaware of any court rulings or government orders against the ads.
BusinessWeek Apr 02, 2007 A Misfired Memo Shows Close Tabs on Reporter
QUOTE: ...during the course of reporting on a video blogging initiative at Microsoft called Channel 9, Fred Vogelstein inadvertently received a 13-page, 5,500-word internal memo from Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a firm that represents Microsoft. The document, which was meant to prepare Microsoft executives for interviews, contained frank details, including some less-than-flattering observations...scripted responses to questions and a strong-arm list of the points the agency expected to see in the piece.
New York Times Mar 30, 2007 Advertising: Uncle Ben, Board Chairman
QUOTE: In addition to Uncle Ben, there was Aunt Jemima, who sold pancake mix in ads that sometimes had her exclaiming, “Tempt yo’ appetite;”...the Frito Bandito, who spoke in an exaggerated Mexican accent; and characters selling powdered drink mixes for Pillsbury under names like Injun Orange and Chinese Cherry — the latter baring buck teeth...As a result most of those polarizing ad characters were banished when marketers — becoming more sensitive to the changing attitudes of consumers — realized they were no longer appropriate. A handful like Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima and the Cream of Wheat chef were redesigned and kept on, but in the unusual status of silent spokescharacters, removed from ads and reduced to staring mutely from packages.
New York Times Mar 27, 2007 Lies and memories: When stories read a little too good.
QUOTE: ...trouble starts when an enhanced story makes its way into print and collides with the value system known as journalism, as the New York Times and humorist David Sedaris learned this month...On Sunday, the New York Times published an editors' note essentially retracting a sizable section of its March 18 Times Magazine feature, "The Women's War," because one of its subjects ginned up her military résumé.
Slate Mar 24, 2007 Government to Take a Hard Look at Horror
QUOTE: Seven years ago the film industry narrowly avoided federal regulation of its advertising practices, as politicians, in the wake of the Columbine High School killings, called executives before a Congressional committee but eventually agreed to let Hollywood police itself.
New York Times Mar 13, 2007 Who Is Killing Russian Journalists?: Russia is among the deadliest countries in the world for reporters, and of the 13 contract-style killings since 2000, not one has been solved
QUOTE: The most recent statistics collected by this respected international organization show that 42 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1992, many in contract-style executions. The vast majority these killings remain unsolved. In a just-released report, the Brussels-based International News Safety Institute says 88 people working for the media died violently in Russia since 1996, second only to Iraq.
BusinessWeek Mar 09, 2007 Health Findings From Institute To Be Free Online
QUOTE: Activists who believe that the results of federally funded research ought to be available free to the public won a victory this week with a deal that will ensure Web posting of studies financed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Washington Post Mar 06, 2007 Thread Control: Lessons from USA Today: The newspaper's unfiltered use of reader comments underscores the challenges of widening the online dialogue without offending readers
QUOTE: As publications adopt such new media methods, they are grappling with how best to use and moderate them without offending readers and hurting their reputation for fairness. The job is somewhat easier online than in print, thanks to a section in the 1996 Communication Decency Act that shields owners of Web forums from the comments made in them.
BusinessWeek Mar 06, 2007 British Court Lifts Restrictions on BBC Report
QUOTE: The unfolding battle began last Friday when the High Court barred the BBC, Britain’s public service broadcaster, from airing a news report on developments in the affair, which has cast a dark cloud of rumored corruption over what are expected to be the final months of Mr Blair’s 10-year tenure in office.
New York Times Mar 06, 2007 AT&T Whistle-Blower Outs Media
QUOTE: The journalistic back story to these NSA stories is an extremely revealing glimpse into how the nation's largest newspapers, which largely had little problem running poorly sourced and false stories about Iraq and WMD, sat on or buried stories that questioned this administration. Remember that the New York Times, which first broke the story of the wiretapping in December 2005, has yet to explain in any detail why it sat on the story for a full year after the government asked it to.
Wired Feb 27, 2007 The Online-Video Takedown Smackdown: Filmmakers say their material is being unfairly removed from video-sharing sites, accusing Viacom and its ilk of censorship
QUOTE: Amateur filmmaker Matt Hawes thought his video spoof of MTV's The Real World was sufficiently funny to get noticed on YouTube. But the Indiana resident wasn't laughing earlier this month when his video grabbed the attention of MTV parent Viacom (VIA) and was removed from the video-sharing site for alleged copyright infringement. "It was a parody of reality television in general," says Hawes. "Obviously no one had bothered to watch it."
BusinessWeek Feb 24, 2007 Record Fine Expected for Univision
QUOTE: It also represents an unusually aggressive enforcement of the 1996 regulations that interpreted the Children’s Television Act. Those regulations, adopted after some broadcasters characterized cartoons like “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons” to be educational programs, imposed more substantive requirements on the networks as they comply with the mandate to broadcast at least three hours a week of programs of intellectual value to young people.
New York Times Feb 19, 2007 Student Journalism: Bad Work Undercuts First Amendment
QUOTE: Student journalists at the high school and college level have a unusual opportunity to learn the craft of journalism and to give members of their school communities meaningful information about relevant issues and events. Given that these are student journalists, the quality of the work may fall short of professional standards.
Poynter Online Feb 15, 2007 Reporters Avoid Jail in Balco Case
QUOTE: As part of the plea, the Justice Department will withdraw subpoenas issued to the reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, who had been held in contempt by a federal judge since September for refusing to say who their sources were for a series of Chronicle articles and their 2006 book, “Game of Shadows.”
New York Times Sep 13, 2006 China reins in reach of foreign news: Directives ban reports that 'undermine national unity' and set fines on outlets that use unauthorized material.
QUOTE: China's official news agency Xinhua issued a new set of directives on the distribution of foreign news in China that reinforces its traditional role as gatekeeper and propaganda arm. That role includes filtering news and pictures from international news agencies, which are forbidden from selling their content direct to Chinese media outlets.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 07, 2006 Digg Fights Top Users For Control
QUOTE: Digg's open news model -- stories on the site are ranked on popularity among its users -- has been criticized recently for being vulnerable to fraud or abuse...Since the new system aims to change the way users' submissions and votes are handled, some of the site's top users will see their importance in the insular world of Digg diminished.
Wired Sep 05, 2006 Researcher for Times in China Will Appeal Fraud Conviction
QUOTE: Mr. Zhao, who has been in detention for nearly two years, has repeatedly denied both charges. On Monday, Guan Anping, a defense lawyer, described the fraud conviction as “absurd” and said the court’s refusal to allow defense witnesses to testify on Mr. Zhao’s behalf was “definitely a major procedural problem.”
New York Times Sep 05, 2006 Shadows and Blog
QUOTE: So, if Siegel is a cretin for concealing his role in the authorship of Web comments, then so are millions of other posters....Our culture has yet to decide whether Web comments are closer to "conversation" than "publication."
Slate Aug 31, 2006 Attorney for Jailed Chinese Activist Cites Obstruction
QUOTE: Defense attorneys for a blind rural activist sentenced to more than four years in prison said that they were prevented from meeting with their client privately on Wednesday and that authorities tried to stop them from preparing an appeal.
Washington Post Aug 29, 2006 China IPod Journos Speak
QUOTE: "We were fulfilling our duties as socially concerned reporters to expose this maltreatment of workers in Shenzhen," said journalist Weng. "Now this court case will make the entire media industry and every Chinese reporter fear writing investigative reports."
Wired Aug 28, 2006 Journalist Faces Charges Over Entering Darfur Region
QUOTE: The Sudanese government has charged Paul Salopek, a foreign correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, with espionage and entering the country illegally...Mr. Salopek was traveling in Chad to report for an article about the culture, history and politics of the Sahel region.
New York Times Aug 27, 2006 Hand Out: To Fill Notebooks, and Then a Few Bellies
QUOTE: In reputable journalism, paying for information is a cardinal sin...So what to do when a penniless father asks why he should open his life free to an outsider when he needs money for food? Even skeptical journalists are occasionally misled. What if, despite all best intentions, money is misused?
New York Times Aug 13, 2006 The Public Editor: Eavesdropping and the Election: An Answer on the Question of Timing
QUOTE: Given the importance of this otherwise outstanding article on warrantless eavesdropping — and now the confirmation of pre-election decisions to delay publication — The Times owes it to readers to set the official record straight.
New York Times Jul 03, 2006 A Workable Line-Item Veto To Control Rampant Earmarks
QUOTE: Last week the House of Representatives voted 247-172 in favor of a measure � the line-item veto � that would grant the President real power to weed wasteful spending from appropriations bills....The increase in earmarked spending has drawn fire from taxpayer groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), which has been tabulating earmarks.
Accuracy in Media (AIM) Jun 08, 2006 Gorbachev Invests in Newspaper
QUOTE: "There is still very widespread skepticism, both inside and outside your country, about whether there exists any willingness to see the media become a financially strong, influential and independent participant in Russian society today," Gavin O'Reilly, president of the World Association of Newspapers, told...as Putin sat a few feet away. "And sadly, no one can pretend that this is the case today, certainly not for newspapers."
Washington Post May 28, 2006 Questions in Canada, but Only Some Can Ask Them
QUOTE: Mr. Harper's office wants reporters with questions to put their names on a list and let members of his media relations staff pick and choose.
New York Times May 28, 2006 Questions for Helen Thomas: Corps Issues
QUOTE: Q: In your new book, "Watchdogs of Democracy?" you contend that each of the nine U.S. presidents you have covered, starting with John F. Kennedy, has slyly manipulated the media to suit his own ends.
New York Times May 27, 2006 China Sets State Secrets Trial for Times Researcher in June
QUOTE: Chinese authorities have preliminarily fixed a June 8 trial date for a researcher for The New York Times who is accused of fraud and disclosing state secrets, his lawyer said Friday...The definition of state secrets in China is extremely broad, and can even include routine economic statistics compiled by the government.
New York Times May 24, 2006 Iran Shuts Down Newspaper Over Cartoon
QUOTE: The government shut down one of its official newspapers on Tuesday for publishing a cartoon that mocked Iran's Azeri minority and led to riots in northwestern cities.
New York Times May 20, 2006 Congress Agrees to Raise Broadcast-Indecency Fines
QUOTE: the Senate unanimously approved a bill that would increase from $32,500 to $325,000 the maximum fine that the Federal Communications Commission could impose for violating its standards for decency. The unified congressional push comes as major networks are suing to overturn the government's authority to police the airwaves.
Washington Post May 19, 2006 BellSouth Wants Story Retractions
QUOTE: "BellSouth is now insisting that USA Today retract the false and unsubstantiated statements that it made in regards to our company," said BellSouth spokesman Jeff Battcher, noting that his company...said its preliminary review found that it had no contract with the NSA and that it had not provided customer data en masse to the intelligence agency.
Washington Post May 13, 2006 What's Online: No Neutral Ground in Net Debate
QUOTE: Congress is debating whether to block Internet service providers from favoring some content providers over others. So, in theory, Time Warner or Verizon could prefer Yahoo over Google, or vice versa (or either of those over an upstart) by giving them more bandwidth in exchange for cash. The preferred sites would then run faster on PC's than those that do not pay.
New York Times May 03, 2006 The Politics of Leaking
QUOTE: There's a principle here, that journalists should have the right to ferret out information they deem to be in the public interest, even if it's against the law for sources to provide that information. But to be equally candid, people--even including journalists--applaud the leaks they like and denounce the leaks they detest.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2006 Executive Says His 'Rules' Didn't Properly Credit Another Text
QUOTE: The chief executive of the Raytheon Company, William H. Swanson, acknowledged yesterday that he did "not properly credit" a 1944 engineering text when he wrote a book of management advice that included passages from the earlier text.
New York Times Apr 23, 2006 An Auction Bet Raises a Host of Conflicts
QUOTE: ...there was a legitimate reason that so many insiders had written off the previous speculation that the younger Mr. Slim would even consider buying a piece of Univision: the deal makes him a walking conflict-of-interest and a shareholder class-action suit waiting to happen...Mr. Slim is now in a position that if Televisa buys Univision, he will probably profit personally.
New York Times Apr 21, 2006 L.A. Times Yanks Columnist's Blog
QUOTE: The Los Angeles Times suspended the blog of one of its top columnists last night, saying he violated the paper's policy by posting derogatory comments under an assumed name.
Washington Post Apr 19, 2006 The S-Word: How High a Hurdle?
QUOTE: ...why is the religious affiliation of the boys� prep school relevant to this story worthy of second paragraph play?
Poynter Online Apr 11, 2006 10 Things Your Local News Won't Tell You
QUOTE: Every news outlet that relies on ad dollars to survive must draw the line at how much influence it will allow advertisers to have on its content.
Smart Money Apr 10, 2006 Adopted: When It Fits, When It Doesn't, and Why: Sara Kiesler on adoption in the media
QUOTE: Just like dropping in adoption as a modifier, using the color of people's skin, their ethnicity or their class as a description enhances stereotypes.
Poynter Online Apr 04, 2006 ABC Suspends John Green, Executive Producer of 'Good Morning America Weekend,' for E-Mail Messages
QUOTE: In the case of John Green, executive producer of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" on ABC...Mr. Green was disciplined by executives at ABC on Friday, a week after the Drudge Report Web site reproduced an 18-month-old e-mail message in which he was critical of President Bush, and a day after The New York Post disclosed a year-old e-mail note in which he expressed his displeasure with Madeleine K. Albright...
New York Times Apr 01, 2006 Radio Industry Said to Seek Deal to Settle Payoff Accusations
QUOTE: The nation's biggest radio broadcasters are in discussions with the Federal Communications Commission to resolve accusations that station programmers accepted improper payments from record companies in exchange for playing specific songs, officials involved in the talks said last night.
New York Times Mar 28, 2006 Media Hiring Bias?
QUOTE: Do the hiring practices of big newspapers, magazines, networks and Web sites tilt toward people of the liberal persuasion, thereby requiring hand-wringing about intellectual diversity?
Washington Post Mar 25, 2006 Washington Post Blogger Quits After Plagiarism Accusations
QUOTE: A 24-year-old blogger for The Washington Post, Ben Domenech, resigned yesterday after being confronted with evidence that he had plagiarized articles in other publications
New York Times Mar 03, 2006 Kenyan Police Deliver Blows to the Press
QUOTE: The crackdown on the country's second-largest media company came after the government jailed three of its journalists this week over a recent article about political intrigue involving President Mwai Kibaki. Mr. Kibaki, elected in 2002, has experienced a flurry of critical press coverage in recent months as his administration has grappled with accusations of corruption and political infighting.
New York Times Feb 24, 2006 The Problem with Citizen Journalism
QUOTE: ...how's the average consumer supposed to know the difference between real journalism and a cleverly disguised press release or a marketing campaign? We could start by labeling them as such.
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