Blog Essay Week 12

EJ Chapter 9

I think it’s interesting that this chapter said that journalists should trust their own news judgement, not their audience’s. I feel as though journalists have forgone this principle because they want ratings, but I do think it’s an important principle to hold. This does not mean, however, that by providing the audience what they want, they’re going to lose credibility. Orlando Sentinel spent hours upon hours covering the Casey Anthony trial because people wanted the news, which could have hurt their credibility, but people still seem to trust their reporting when it comes to issues like Syria and the crisis in Ukraine.

Is CSO online magazine the future of arts journalism?

No, this is not the future of arts journalism. Journalism is unbiased. This is great communications work for a company, but this is not journalism. Journalists may be hired to write biased articles for CSO, but that does not mean what they are doing is journalism. They’re acting as content writers in this respect.

Case Study 10-B

Issues: Should a network edit an interview and remove information that could be important?

Alternatives: Either show the whole interview or not the interview at all.

Rationale: By editing the interview to the network’s desire, a reporter is not showing the truth, but rather a distorted version of it. This seriously hurts the credibility of the network. NBC News has done this several times with interviews, cutting them because of “time.”

Case Study 10-G

Issues: Can you plagiarize yourself by passing old work off as new work?

Alternatives: You delete the blog posts and tell the writer to write something new, or you accept it and deal with the consequences.

Rationale: You absolutely can self-plagiarize and I think it’s wrong that the New Yorker let the blogs stay on the website. If you are repurposing your own material, you are hurting your own credibility as a writer and reporter and the credibility of your news outlet. Write fresh material or don’t write at all.

Case Study Sports v. Journalism

I think sports journalism vs. sports entertainment is a very interesting fine line that can be seen best with ESPN. ESPN provides sports entertainment by showing games and having multi-million dollar contracts with the likes of NCAA, NFL and NASCAR. Yet, on the journalism side, they still try to report about these games objectively, but they often cross the line and seem very biased. I think the power given to sources in sports journalism is dangerous because people risk losing sources if they name them, but unfortunately, the sources have the power in these situations, and I don’t think reporters will try to argue it anytime soon.

Ethical Issue of the Week: SELF Magazine

I do not like women’s magazines for issues like this. SELF Magazine has a section called the “BS Meter,” where they basically degrade a “trend” in women’s fashion. They decided to focus this month’s issue on the trend of wearing tutus in marathons, and they called Monika Allen, creator of GlamRunner, an organization in San Francisco that creates tutus for marathons to raise money for non-profits, for permission to use her photo in the magazine without stating exactly what for. She thought they were going to highlight her organization – instead, they used it as the picture for the “B.S. meter.” Mind you, a photo tells a thousand words, and they didn’t know that, in that photo, Monika was running a marathon while undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer. This has sparked a huge ethical issue of when women’s magazines go too far, and SELF has attempted to backpedal and apologize, but I think it’s failing.

DQ: Should magazine editors reveal the true intention of use of a photo when asking for permission to run it?

Mina Radman


5 thoughts on “Blog Essay Week 12

  1. I definitely think that magazine editors should reveal the true intention of use of a photo when asking permission to run it. I would imagine that Monika Allen wouldn’t have wanted to release the photo if she knew what SELF magazine wanted use it for. Additionally, I think that it is unethical to ask for a photo and use it in a way that could damage Allen’s company, especially because the company raises money for non-profits. I think my decision here is based on the fact that there should be no deception whether or the owner of the photo asks what it will be used for.

    -Danielle Lawrence

  2. I most definitely agree that magazine editors should reveal the true intention of the use of a photo when asking for permission to run it. I think that’s the same with a written piece. Currently I’m working on a story that originally started out positive until corruption was found. You can’t just blindside your sources. It’s unethical and a cheating way to get what you think you want for a story. It’s wrong.

  3. To answer your DQ, editors and journalists should ALWAYS be honest and upfront with sources; therefore, magazine editors should reveal the true intention of use of a photo when asking for permission to run it.

  4. Magazine editors should definitely always be upfront about the way they’re using the photos they ask for from their sources. Misleading your sources is unethical and could also cause you to lose that source for future stories.

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