Working to strengthen trust with readers

The Guardian and the Observer are unique in the British press in having readers’ editors – journalists who listen to the complaints and concerns of the audience and act on their behalf, correcting errors and writing columns on the papers’ … Read More

Why can’t journalists handle public criticism?

Scott Rosenberg, writing for MedisShift’s Idea Lab: “I would argue that the difficulty American journalists have with hearing or responding to criticism lies in the profession’s pathological heritage of self-abnegation. We say, “To err is human,” right? But journalists too … Read More

Journalism ethics is topic on China Radio International

China Radio International’s “Beyond Beijing” program features ONO executive director Jeffrey A. Dvorkin in a two-hour audio discussion of journalism ethics. Listen to the two-hour Webcast here.

The scientific twist of real news

The Cleveland Plain Dealer tried to look ahead rather than behind in its coverage of this year’s 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State. The effort led to a story that broke new ground on a key element of a historic event, something long debated but never resolved. … Read More

Watching the watchdogs

Clark Hoyt ’64, who won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s and was for many years Washington bureau chief for the Knight Ridder chain, now finds himself on the front lines of journalism ethics, assessing the work of writers, editors … Read More

Hate speech internalized in Turkey, says ombudsman

Hate speech, sometimes referred to as hate propaganda or extreme speech, is widespread in the Turkish media — especially when the issues are minority rights, armed conflict and the European Union accession process, a recent study dissecting hate speech in … Read More

Former NYT public editor writes book on Prohibition

Daniel Okrent, the first public editor for The New York Times, has produced a book about the Prohibition Era in the United States. A review in Bloomberg Businessweek called “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” a book that … Read More

The news ombudsman: Watchdog or decoy?

The Netherlands Media Ombudsman Foundation, which is dedicated to the self-regulation of journalism in Dutch-speaking regions, in collaboration with the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Department of Journalism in Tilburg, has conducted a study into the performance of ombudsmen in … Read More

NYT “squandering readers’ trust,” says public editor

Despite promises to limit the use of anonymous sources in stories, The New York Times continues to quote unnamed sources often and “casually” on occasions when the information is available on the public record or adds nothing to the reporting, … Read More

Being open to “self correction” is important to journalists

N. Ram, editor in chief of The Hindu, tells Indian journalists that codes of practice are imperative for the industry and suggested that “internal news ombudsmen perform that role. Speaking on “Media as Protector of Public Discussion” at the opening … Read More