Journalistic Practice

Seeking journalistic courage in Washington, D.C.

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Journalistic courage should include the refusal to publish in a newspaper or carry on a TV or radio news show any statements made by the President or any other government official that are designed solely as a public relations tool, offering no new or valuable information to the public.

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Because this Is the Middle East

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CBS' Schieffer ignores context in Mideast crisis

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Journalists in Iraq wrestle with controlled access to information

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FP spoke recently with Rod Nordland, who served as Newsweek’s Baghdad bureau chief for two years, about the challenge of getting out of the Green Zone to get the scoop.

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Mass exit at Santa Barbara paper causes wild scene

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In a wild finish to a simmering "church-state" conflict, five top editors and a columnist have resigned from the Santa Barbara (Calif.) News-Press.

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Does America's press believe in freedom of the press?

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The Wall Street Journal's cowardly shot at The Times -- in its institutional voice -- sounds a very sinister note amidst hot-headed talk about using the Wilson-era Espionage Act against newspapers and leakers. Just the threat of prosecution will chill an already timid press and intimidate its sources in the civil service.

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Southern California and New England launch independent news councils

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The Minnesota News Council and the Washington News Council, today announced that Southern California and New England were the winners in a national competition to create two new local news councils.

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A portrait of the blogger as a young plagiarist

As a college student Ben Domenech lifted arts criticism; as a GOP henchman, he was accused of fabricating a Tim Russert quote. What was the Washington Post thinking?

By Joe Conason, Salon.com

Does the Washington Post intend to maintain journalistic standards in the brave new blogosphere? Or are

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Reporters Without Britches

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Reporters Without Borders caught with their pants down

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Independent, unembedded: journalist Dahr Jamail on Iraq

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Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, independent journalist Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for numerous outlets including Inter Press Service and The Nation; his voice is often heard on international broadcasts from the BBC and Democracy Now!, among others. Just returned from covering the elections in Iraq, Jamail visits several Northwest communities, Feb. 18-22. He will share direct insights about the war, the occupation, and the people of Iraq. Check out our events box (left) or Jamail's site for details!

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Seattle media watch group focuses on Iraq

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A new media accountability organization, the
Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism
, has formed in Seattle. The group plans to monitor and critique local media on significant issue coverage, beginning with coverage of Iraq, but also plans to engage directly with the press, establishing dialogue between journalists and local experts to help humanize coverage of complex and often-distant subjects. "The media are failing us," CCRJ co-founder Bert Sacks told Counterpunch. "The media failed to ask critical questions about weapons of mass destruction, simply repeating what the government said without much investigation or without much critical questioning." Sacks hopes to mobilize thousands of readers in Seattle to contact local print and broadcast media and say, "This is not acceptable to us. You are failing in your function in a democracy." In 1999, Sacks' personal outreach to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's foreign editor convinced the paper to send a reporter to Iraq with Sacks, and to publish a landmark, award-winning eight-page spread on the effects of US sanctions. The CCRJ is currently gathering signatures in order to demonstrate broad community support for its project.

[ Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism ]
[ Seattle P-I's March 99 special section on Iraq ]
[ Patty Murray's letter distributing the P-I report to the Senate ]
[ Bert Sacks: advice for working with the media ]

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey