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Some other media I create…

A few weeks ago I asked my Digital Media Literacy students to write a blog post about the media they create on a routine basis — email, social media, blogs, phone photos, etc. I wrote a post of my own

Posted in Ethics, Privacy

New York Times Edges Closer to Honesty re Torture

A New York Times editorial about newly confirmed CIA director John Brennan gets tough on Brennan and his allies regarding torture: (A)t his Senate confirmation hearing in February, he appeared to be one of the few people (apart from maybe

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Washington Post’s (Endless) Social Media Guidelines: Progress, but Not Enough

UPDATED (Note: My original title for this post was much harsher on the Post and its guidelines than it should have been, and did not reflect what I wrote below. That’s regrettable and I apologize for it.) The Washington Post’s

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The Long Term Impact of the News Corp. Scandal

The Economist asked me (part of its “future of news” series) what I thought the impact of the News Corp. voicemail hacking case would be. The link goes to my reply, which I’m cross-posting it here (and on Google+): It

Posted in Ethics

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Will Media Learn Anything?

In the days ahead — and especially after New York prosecutors drop their increasingly pathetic case against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as they surely will — you’ll see some media coverage of journalism’s role in this debacle. There will be

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Link to the Original, not the “Aggregated” Semi-Copies

I’m writing an occasional online column for the Guardian, one of the great English-language media organizations. The latest piece, “The Web’s Weakest Links,” implores creators of online content to link to original material, not the rewrites that have become so

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When Journalists Choose to Deceive

The public editor (ombudsman) of the New York Times, Arthur Brisbane, has looked into the newspaper’s extremely questionable actions in a recent situation — withholding key facts from articles at the request of the Obama administration and then actively misleading

Posted in Accuracy, Ethics

Huffington Should Pay the Bloggers Something Now

We already know that Arianna Huffington is smart. She and her small team have built a media company from nothing in just a few years, and now they’re flipping it to AOL, where she’ll be content editor in chief. The

Posted in Ethics, Media Business

Defend WikiLeaks or lose free speech

This article was originally published on on December 6, 2010. Journalists should wake up and realize that the attacks on the whistle-blower are attacks on them, too Journalists cover wars by not taking sides. But when the war is

Posted in Ethics, Freedom of Speech, Law

A few questions about the WikiLeaks release

This article was originally published on on November 29, 2010. Among others: How secret are diplomatic cables when 3 million people have access to them? UPDATED Once again, WikiLeaks has thrown governments and journalists into a maelstrom of fear, uncertainty

Posted in Ethics, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Law

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