Reporting Behind Closed Doors: Smart, or Sketchy?

There are many times in the field of journalism where the ethical line blurs and a decision must be made. If you got a really great, intense, controversial quote from a political leader in a “closed” meeting, would you report it to the public? Or would you keep it confidential? Josh Rogin, a writer for The Daily Beast, recorded Secretary of State John Kerry in a private meeting in which he stated Israel could become “an apartheid state” among other controversial comments.

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Moral of the story: Choose headlines wisely

Jim Romenesko posted on his blog this week about a topic we (in Journalism for the Web) are all now very familiar with: Headlines. Though he simply put this picture (below) on his page, it said enough for itself–this was probably not the best choice for a headline.

(courtesy of Jim Romenesko's blog)

(courtesy of Jim Romenesko’s blog)




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The Mile “High” State

Poynter posted the covers of several Colorado publications this week that reported the “420 holiday”–that is, the day that many marijuana smokers celebrate. The topic of Colorado’s legalization of recreational pot use has been widely discussed for the past few months–and most of it being good news about how much money the state is making. So, it would make sense for Colorado publications to cover the event, right? Continue reading

That Ugly, Ugly Anonymity

If there’s anything that I’ve learned from the internet, it’s that anonymity can make people act really ugly towards each other. Anyone who’s ever ventured south of a YouTube video can tell you how a video about something like pancakes can somehow turn into hateful speech and vulgar bickering. Even in the 7 years that I’ve spent on the internet, I’ve become somewhat cynical regarding human behavior. It seems as though in the cloak of anonymity, people will say just about anything. Continue reading

Blurring the Lines..

Lost Remote posted a piece this morning that says Yahoo wants to get on the “original content” bandwagon, along with Netflix and (apparently quite recently) Amazon. Yahoo plans to “order four different half-hour original comedies”. My immediate to reaction to this: “Wait, what?” When did this happen, and how in the world did I miss it?? Continue reading

Crossing the Line

There have been several cases in the past where people question whether or not a reporter went too far for a story–especially when it comes to undercover investigations. In this type of situation, a reporter has to be sneaky–but they also must be careful that their actions are worth the cost in the end. Continue reading