The BBC wanted to report on the situation of Paul and Rachel Chandler, a British couple who spent more than a year kidnapped in Somalia. It was a major story but legal steps taken by the Chandler family prevented the media from saying anything until the Chandlers were released.
The couple’s family had gone to court in the UK and asked a judge to grant them what’s called a ‘super-injunction ‘ - a legal measure that’s caused controversy as it has often been used by celebrities to stop newspapers publishing stories about their private lives.
Jack Shafer at Slate pointed out cases of plagiarism by The Beast invesigative reporters Gerals Posner.
In the aftermath of Posner's firing by The Beast, Shafer talks about plagiarism and journalism ethics.
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When Congress reconvenes next month, the SPJ will continue its fight to enact a national shield law that will allow journalists to protect our sources.
That is all well and good in the United States. Sources need to be protected under law if we are to dig deeply into the who, what, when, where and how.
But what about sources overseas?
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The man who keeps The Washington Post on its toes — an outsider from within — spoke to SPJ's D.C. Pro chapter at McClatchy's Washington bureau on May 4.
Andy Alexander still was relatively new to the ombudsman job, but offered plenty of insight.
In one of his weekly columns, he revealed that the Post's policy for responding to requests for correction was so faulty, some requests languished for years without anyone from the newspaper addressing them.
The column made waves and brought about changes even before it was published.
Alexander, who worked for many years for Cox Newspapers in its Washington bureau, said another issue he's trying to tackle is making the Post more transparent. He wants the newspaper to post its ethics policy online, as other major news organizations do. Read more »
SPJ will hold a town hall meeting on journalism ethics moderated by Lori Aratani of The Washington Post.
Registration & Continental Breakfast -- 8:30-9 a.m.
Layoffs are affecting journalists, from recent grads to mid-career veterans. What do we do now, who's hiring, where do we go from here? With Hagit Limor, investigative reporter, WCPO-TV ABC 9, Cincinnati; Laura McGann, managing editor, The Washington Independent, Center for Independent Media; and Jon Morgan, senior editor, The Project for Excellence in Journalism, Pew Research Center. Moderator: Steve Geimann, Bloomberg. Read more »