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By Steve Myers & Craig Silverman
This popular NPR program recently aired an hour-long retraction, but Myers and Silverman point out some important matters about both the original program and the retraction that still need attention.
CPB Ombudsman Joel Kaplan wrote two reports about the Washington News Council’s formal hearing on the Vitae Foundation’s complaint against some content in a KUOW interview. Those "before" and "after" the hearing reports are published here, with other information about the use of “media accountability systems.”.
By Bill Knowles
Bill Knowles examines the newly issued National Public Radio Ethics Handbook—a document that both giveth and taketh away but is sorely needed in light of some of the recent ethical mistakes of public broadcasting.
By Gary Grossman
Television used to be better than it is today—why? Gary Grossman, with production of more than 9,000 television programs (and some spy thrillers) under his belt, has some strong views on the reasons for this decline and what may be done about it.
By Ryan J. Thomas
The 2012 Republican party presidential candidate selection process entailed nationally broadcast debates. The moderators, who were typically professional journalists, were faced with numerous ethical obligations of their own.
By Russell Frank
The case involving a child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University still hasn’t gone to trial, but the school's journalism students have a major story taking place in their own front yard.
By Jerry Lanson
Jerry Lanson points out that getting a story first isn’t as important as getting it right. It is just as easy to disseminate rumor as fact when relying on near-universal, unedited means of spreading opinion, fact, and opinion-as-fact to the general public.
By Tom Cooper
Tom Cooper suggests that even the First Amendment might need to be amended in order to protect children from violent video games.
By Anantha Babbili
Anantha Babbili points out how the world has changed since two airliners deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center towers and another hit the Pentagon on 9/11/01, and many Americans allowed stereotypes to bias their reactions.
By Peter Joseph Gloviczki
Gloviczki analyzes all such articles dealing with the ethics of something relatively new: computer-mediated communications.
By Manny Paraschos
By Bob Steele
Rush Kidder, prolific journalist and author, left the Christian Science Monitor to found the Institute for Global Ethics in 1990. He died this March—and will be missed.