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.

January 24: Introduction

Journalism Ethics Syllabus

January 26: Ethics (in All Media) Is Everything

McBride/Rosenstiel, New Ethics of Journalism, Introduction

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 1-8

Rick Edmonds, “Newspaper declines accelerate, latest Pew Research finds, other sectors healthier,” Poynter, June 15, 2016

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

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

January 31: Journalism Rocks Democracy

Ryan Chittum, “The Battle of New Orleans,” CJR, March 2013

David Carr, “Newspaper Monopoly That Lost Its Grip,” NY Times, May 12, 2013

Margaret Sullivan, “The Search for Local Investigative Reporting’s Future,” New York Times, Dec. 6 2015

David Chen, “With New Jersey Papers Limping, Few Are Left to Question the Powerful,” New York Times, Jan. 4, 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

February 2: Ethics on Facebook (Said No One Ever)

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

Farhad Manjoo, “Algorithms With Agendas and the Sway of Facebook,” New York Times, May 12, 2016

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

February 7, 9, 14: Accuracy: Fake News & Fabulists

BSB, “Accuracy”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Chs. 1, 2, 10

NPR Ethics Code, pp. 9-17

Jim Rutenberg, “Media’s Next Challenge: Overcoming the Threat of Fake News,” New York Times, Nov. 7, 2016

Sapna Maheshwari, “The Journey of a Fake News Story That Begins with a Single Tweet,” New York Times, Nov. 22, 2016

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


Marc Fisher, “Who cares if it’s true?” Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2014

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

Accuracy Assignments Due Feb. 14

February 16, 21, 23: Fairness, Not False Balance

BSB, “Fairness”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 4

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 18-31

Margaret Sullivan, “When Reporters Get Personal,” NY Times, Jan. 5, 2013

David Carr, “Journalism Even When It’s Tilted,” NY Times, July 1, 2013

Margaret Sullivan, “Covering New War, in Shadow of Old One,” New York Times, June 29, 2014

Liz Spayd, “The Truth about ‘False Balance,’” New York Times, Sept. 10, 2016

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

For Next Assignment: Rolling Stone Fairness Reading List

February 28, March 2: Source/Reporter Relationships

BSB, “Source/Reporter Relationships”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 9

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 55-61

David Carr, “A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators,” NY Times, Mar. 12, 2012

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

James Risen, “Trump Can Target Journalists, Thanks to Obama,” New York Times, Jan. 1, 2017

Max Fisher, “Prizing Speech and Scoops, Media Became Ready Bullhorns for Russian Hackers,” New York Times, Jan. 9, 2017

March 7, 9: 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

Gilliam White, “Where Are All the Minority Journalists?” The Atlantic, July 24, 2015

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

Gabriel Sherman, “The Revenge of Roger’s Angels,” New York, Sept. 5, 2016

Ed Sherman, “Video reveals vile online attacks on female sports reporters,” Poynter, May 5, 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

Accuracy/Fairness/Source Assignment Due March 7

Final Interview Assigned and Discussed

March 21, 23: 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

Joe Nocera, “Stepping on a Slippery Slope,” New York Times, July 28, 2015

Kristen Hare, “Why the New York Times is Travelling with Migrants and Refugees Through Europe,” Poynter, Sept. 1, 2015

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

March 28: Final Interview Assignment Discussed

Mark Lisheron, “The Email Interview Debate,” AJR, Spring 2013

March 30, April 4: Privacy

BSB, “Privacy”

McBride/Rosenstiel, Ch. 12

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

Kate Murphy, “We Want Privacy, But Can’t Stop Sharing,” New York Times, Oct. 5, 2014

Ginny Whitehouse, et al, “Social Media as a Source Till Something Better Comes Along,” Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol. 31, No. 2 (2016)

Liz Spayd, “Off the Cuff, but on the Record,” New York Times, Sept. 14, 2016

April 6, 11: 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

Michael Kimmelman, “Aleppo’s Faces Beckon to Us, To Little Avail,” New York Times, Dec. 15, 2016

April 13, 20: Deception

BSB, “Deception”

NPR Ethics Handbook, pp. 62-68

Final Interview Due April 20

April 25, April 27: Discussion of Interviews

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