The McBride/Rosenstiel assignments are in your textbook. The Black, Steele and Barney (BSB) Checklists and the NPR Ethics Code are available as PDFs on the course page. The other articles are available in the weekly outline.

If you have trouble accessing any reading, let me know.

September 5: Introduction

Journalism Ethics Syllabus

Matthew Ingram, “Social media crackdowns at the Times and Journal will
backfire,” CJR, Oct., 20, 2017

January 25, 30: Ethics (in All Media) Is Everything

McBride/Rosenstiel, New Ethics of Journalism, Introduction

Rob Byers, “Only You Have the Power to Save Your Local News from Corporate
Vultures,” Time, April 14, 2018

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 1-8

Margaret Sullivan, “Everything I Know About Journalism in 395 Words,” New York Times, May 1, 2015

“Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Has a Message to Journalists in the Trump Era,” Vanity Fair, Nov. 30, 2016

Christiane Amanpour’s 2016 speech to the Committee to Protect Journalists

Jack Shafer, “Trump is Making Journalism Great Again,” Politico, Jan. 16, 2017

Tom Rosenstiel, “What the post-Trump debate over journalism gets wrong: We don’t need journalists to hold fast or change everything, but a little of both,” Brookings Institute Report, Dec. 20, 2016

Thomas Friedman, “Social Media: Destroyer or Creator?New York Times, Feb. 3, 2016

Mathew Ingram, “Social media crackdowns at the Times and Journal will backfire,” Columbia Journalism Review, Oct. 20, 2017

February 1, 6: Journalism Rocks Democracy

McBride/Rosenstiel, Chs. 3, 6, 14, Epilogue

Ryan Chittum, “The Battle of New Orleans,” Columbia Journalism Review, March 2013

Margaret Sullivan, “Great Local Journalism Stands Between You and Wrongdoing, and It Needs Saving,” Washington Post, April 16, 2017

David Uberti, “Gannett’s push into New Jersey saps local coverage,” Columbia Journalism Review, March 17, 2017

Ethics on Facebook (Said No One Ever)

Farhad Manjoo, “The News Behemoth That Put News Last,” New York Times, June 30, 2016

Mark Scott and Mike Isaac, “The Accidental Gatekeeper,” New York Times, Sept. 10, 2016

Craig Silverman, “A More Humble Facebook is Deploying Charm and Its Checkbook to Win Over Critics,” BuzzFeed, April 9, 2017

February 8, 13, 15, 20: Accuracy, Fake News & Fabulists 

BSB, “Accuracy”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Chs. 1, 2, 10

NPR Ethics Code, pp. 9-17

Margaret Sullivan, “It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news,’” Washington Post, Jan. 8, 2017

Stephen Farrell, “A Bomb Explodes in Manchester: Then What?New York Times, May 25, 2017

Editor’s Note to Our Readers,” Newsday, July 12, 2017

Mike Sager, “The Fabulist Who Changed Journalism,” Columbia Journalism Review, Spring 2016

Accuracy Assignment Due February 13

February 22, 27; March 1, 6, 8: Fairness, Not “Objectivity” or False Balance

BSB, “Fairness”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 4

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 18-31

Jose Antonio Vargas, UMass Journalism, April 2017

Fairness on Issues/To Individuals 

Margaret Sullivan, “This week should put the nail in the coffin for ‘both sides’ journalism,” New York Times, August 16, 2017

ESPN’s 30 for 30: “Richard Jewell

Fairness in Rape Coverage

Damaris Colhoun, “A Better Way to Report on Sexual Assault,” Columbia Journalism Review, May 3, 2016

Al Tompkins, “The decisions behind the New york Magazine’s Cosby Cover,” Poynter, July 29, 2015



March 20, 22, 27: Source/Reporter Relationships

BSB, “Source/Reporter Relationships”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 9

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 55-61

Margaret Sullivan, “When Coziness with Sources Is a Conflict,” New York Times, April 6, 2014

Jack Shafer, “The source may be anonymous, but the shame is all yours,”, June 18, 2014

Perry Bacon, “When to Trust a Story that Uses Unnamed Sources,” fivethirtyeight, July 18, 2017

Accuracy/Fairness/Sources Assignment Due: March 27

March 29; April 3: Diversity

BSB, “Diversity”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 13


Carlett Spike, “Newsrooms getting more diverse but still don’t reflect communities they serve,” Columbia Journalism Review, Sept. 13, 2016

Katie Ferguson, “The influence and limitations of Black Twitter,” Columbia Journalism Review, March 30, 2016

Jackie Spinner, “How a Chicago Reporter ‘Explodes Stereotypes’ with Unexpected Stories about the City,” Columbia Journalism Review, June 13, 2016

Tanzina Vega, “How newsrooms can stop being so white,” CNN Money, Dec. 16, 2016


Women’s Media Center “Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2017 Report

Margaret Sullivan, “Roger Ailes’s lasting legacy for women workers is one he would have hated,” Washington Post, May 18, 2017

Margaret Sullivan, “Canning O’Reilly and other media men won’t change anything; here’s what would,” Washington Post, Oct. 29, 2017

Karen K. Ho and Jon Allsop, “How the media covers its own Weinsteins,” Columbia Journalism Review, Nov. 6, 2017

Ann Marie Lipinksi, “When Women Stand Up Against Harassers in the Newsroom,” Nieman Reports, Nov. 28, 2017

Final Interview Assigned and Discussed

April 5, 10: Conflicts of Interest

BSB, “Conflicts of Interest”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 8

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 32-50

Alexis Sobel Fitts and Nicola Pring, “Are we journalists first?” Columbia Journalism Review, July/August 2014

Lewis Wallace, “There Are Times Journalists Should Become the Story,” Columbia Journalism Review, May 23, 2017

Jim Rutenberg, “Cozy Mix of Politics and News Ends in Contamination of Both,” New York Times, Nov. 2, 2016

April 12: Final Interview Assignment Practice

Interview a Working Journalist

April 19, 24: Privacy and Deception

BSB, “Privacy”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 12

Bill Keller, “Invasion of the Data Snatchers,” New York Times, Jan. 14, 2013

Margaret Sullivan, “An Ill-Chosen Phrase, ‘No Angel,’ Brings a Storm of Protest,” New York Times, Aug. 25, 2014

BSB, “Deception”

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 62-68

Jack Shafer, “Is It Ever OK for Journalists to Deceive?Politico, Nov. 30, 2017

Final Interview Due: April 24


April 26: Photojournalism 

BSB, “Photojournalism”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch.5

Kristen Hare, “5 questions to ask before publishing graphic images,” Poynter, July 17, 2014

Sam Roe, “Thirteen Seconds, Dozens of Bullets, One Explosive Photo,” Columbia Journalism Review, Spring 2016


May 1: Discussion of Interviews

With Atkins Doughnuts!


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