Archive for November, 2015

Talking Media Ethics with Katy Culver (WORT’s A Public Affair)

November 23, 2015 Leave a comment

I spent the Friday noon hour talking media ethics with the Associate Director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Katy Culver.

We chatted about the #Mizzou protests, recent terror attacks in Beruit and Paris, campaign coverage and more. The Friday, November 20th archive has the whole show for download/podcast.

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The Deal on the Art. . . of Covering Donald Trump: Ten Strategies for Journalists

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Note: This post appears in its entirety on the website for the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

He has been called a “sham.” His campaign was initially dismissed as a “charade.” The Huffington Post relegated him to the entertainment page. And while elections experts maintain that he still is not the most likely candidate to win his party’s nomination for the presidency, the mainstream media spent late summer and early fall 2015 calling him “frontrunner.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has caused fits for his opponents to be sure, but his candidacy raises interesting ethical questions for the news media covering him, as well. Should mentions of Trump’s failed marriages, multiple bankruptcies and laundry list of controversial statements about all manner of people and groups be regular features of his media attention? How should Trump’s unique use (as compared to his opponents) of Twitter be covered?

Read the rest of the article here.

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