Posts tagged ‘journalism’

June 7, 2012

The Daily Scoop: 40 years after Watergate, investigative journalism at risk

Investigative reporting has taken on every aspect of American society — from government, politics, business and finance to education, social welfare, culture and sports — and has won the lion’s share of each year’s journalism prizes. No matter how unpopular the news media may sometimes be, there has been, ever since Watergate, an expectation that the press would hold accountable those with power and influence over the rest of us. As Jon Marshall wrote last year in “Watergate’s Legacy and the Press,”Watergate “shaped the way investigative reporting is perceived and practiced and how political leaders and the public respond to journalists.”

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April 5, 2012

The Daily Scoop: A journalism-free news media

As television news broadcasts have evolved public understanding of what constitutes journalism has changed significantly. From the days of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings cable news has brought us into the era of pundit commentary delivered by those who have little or no experience in journalism, its ethics, nor its responsibility to provide accurate, objective, Fair and Balanced reporting. Should we be concerned? Many already are. Below are two, yes, opinion pieces addressing these very concerns. The first is written by Alexa Kravitz, journalism student at the University of Maryland which appeared in the American Journalism Review and second, based on Kravitz, delves deeper in subject.

March 15, 2012

NPR Re-Institutes Journalistic Code of Ethics

From the Daily Kos:

For years, NPR committed itself to a brand of journalism that often focused noton telling the truth, but on telling competing sides of a story.

This false journalistic balance – presenting two sides of a story even when one side is propped up by spin or compromised facts – has been a hallmark of NPR’s reportage on political matters both foreign and domestic for far too long.

However, as journalism scholar and critic Jay Rosen reports, NPR has formally disavowed this form of “he said, she said” journalism in favor of a journalism that is “fair to the truth.”

As Rosen notes, NPR last week replaced its old code, The NPR Code of Ethics and Practices, with a new ethics handbook that seems to direct journalists to abandon reportage that strives for balance at the cost of accuracy.
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