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Ten hot ethical challenges facing political reporting in 2012

September 28, 2012 in Blog, Craft

Gregory Korte

USA Today reporter Gregory Korte tells the crowd at the 2012 Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop why he sometimes agrees to quote approval. Credit: Kent State University

Journalism Accelerator

“The values of journalism are under pressure.” With that remark, Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute set the stage for “Dirty Politics,” the 2012 ethics workshop at Kent State University.

Here are ten hot ethical challenges in political coverage that emerged from the workshop. Join in the series of online conversations exploring ways to handle them. Bring your questions! Bring your experience! Help uncover ethical issues in political coverage that require clarity to provide the accurate reporting people deserve to inform their vote. Read the rest of this entry →

New America Media

December 29, 2011 in Community, Craft, Distribution, Resources

New America Media is the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Over 57 million ethnic adults connect to each other, to home countries and to America through 3000+ ethnic media, the fastest growing sector of American journalism…

NAM produces, aggregates and disseminates multimedia content and services for and from the youth and ethnic media sectors. NAM has developed these pathways to achieve our goals:

GROW A COLLECTIVE presence for the more than 3,000 ethnic news outlets nationwide and professionalize the sector through the following:

  • Awards and EXPOs
  • Journalism school partnerships
  • Newsmaker briefings
  • Seminars and workshops for professional development
  • National Directory of Ethnic Media
  • Newsletters – editorial and marketing…

BRING THE VOICES of otherwise invisible communities – ethnic minorities, immigrants, young people – into national and regional focus through multi-lingual and cell phone polls. Some of our most recent polls that made headlines nationwide:

  • Deep Divisions, Shared Destiny – A Poll of Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans on Race Relations
  • Historic Poll of Undocumented Immigrants From Latin America
  • California Dreamers: A public opinion portrait of the most diverse generation the nation has known…

ENHANCE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT programs that produce peer-to-peer youth media and inter-generational dialogue through ethnic and mainstream media. Youth media content from YO! Youth Outlook, YO! TV, Silicon Valley De-Bug, The Beat Within, Sprawl Magazine, Roaddawgz and The Know provides a window into youth culture.

DEVELOP AND PROMOTE social marketing and corporate messaging campaigns that expand the sector’s access to advertising. NAM has channeled over $13 million in advertising dollars to ethnic media from HUD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flex Your Power, The California Endowment, California’s Administrative Office of the Courts, and Kaiser Permanente.” Source: New America Media

Pew Research Center

November 16, 2011 in Community, Craft, Education, Experiments, Policy, Resources, Technology

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.

The Center’s work is carried out by seven projects:

  • Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
  • Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
  • Pew Hispanic Center
  • Pew Global Attitudes Project
  • Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project” Source: Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

“The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues. In this role it serves as a valuable information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars and citizens.

The Center conducts regular monthly polls on politics and major policy issues as well as the News Interest Index, a weekly survey aimed at gauging the public’s interest in and reaction to major news events. Shorter commentaries are produced on a regular basis addressing the issues of the day from a public opinion perspective. In addition, the Center periodically fields major surveys on the news media, social issues and international affairs.” Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

“The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a research organization dedicated to trying to understand the performance of the news media and the revolution transforming information. It specializes in using empirical methods, particularly content analysis. It is non partisan, non ideological and non political and does not engage in advocacy…

The Project conducts research about journalism in the hope that a better understanding of what the news media is providing to citizens will help journalists do a better job and help citizens better understand what to expect and how to demand what they need. Since its inception in 1997 the Project has produced scores of reports on press performance. These include the largest study of local TV news ever produced, major studies of topics in the news, and in 2004, the Project began producing its annual reports on the State of the American News Media

At a time of transformational change in the news media, our aim is to have the facts illuminate the way.” Source: The Project for Excellence in Journalism

Pew Internet & American Life Project

“The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the internet through surveys that examine how Americans use the internet and how their activities affect their lives.

The Pew Internet Project takes no positions on policy issues related to the internet. It does not endorse technologies, industry sectors, companies, nonprofit organizations, or individuals.

The Project’s reports are based on nationwide random phone surveys, online surveys, and qualitative research. This data collection is supplemented with research from government agencies, technology firms, academia, and other expert venues. The Project releases 15-20 pieces of research a year, varying in size, scope, and ambition.”  SourcePew Internet Project