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Beware of “False News” Laws — a warning from Zimbabwe

Many of us have been upset by erroneous and biased reports in the news media. Often, such stories, where touching on important issues, prompt us to wonder [...]

Introducing the Ward Code for Global Integrated Ethics

The Ward Code for Global Integrated Ethics is one of the first comprehensive statements of fundamental principles for journalism ethics in a global and online [...]

What Does Independence Mean, Anyway?

The self-promotional nature of new forms of journalism, combined with pressure to raise revenue (personally and within media outlets) means that the whole [...]

Why Journalism Needs to ‘Do’ Ethics, Not Focus on Defining Journalists

Cell phone reporting
Ironically, journalists -- a group normally reluctant to theorize -- are today up to their ears in definitions, a favorite activity of philosophers. For [...]