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Robot Rote, Lineup Change for Ethicists, ‘Solutions’ Journalism

3to5 Ethics Briefs The Associated Press this spring is introducing computer-generated athletics coverage. The wire service has contracted with the company Automated Insights, which “relies on a Wordsmith platform that can analyze data from a game and turn it into a game-story or a recap,” reports the Poynter Institute’s Ed Sherman in “Resistance is Futile: AP to Use Computers to Cover College Baseball Games.”  The AP has an agreement with [&hellip

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Checking Facts, Admitting Vulnerability, Blocking Blockers, Sausage

3to5 Ethics Briefs Verifying facts by checking out their sources needs new emphasis. Ryan Holiday writes in the (New York) Observer that  “Journalism’s Biggest Problem Is Not What You’d Expect — And It’s Entirely Fixable,” and it’s the second half of the Russian proverb “trust but verify,” specifically with sources. His point is that all sources, even innocent ones, have self-interests that bias them. Holiday is the journalist who in [&hellip

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Data Drives Journalism, Pulitzer Juror’s Notes

3to5 Ethics Briefs In an analysis for the Columbia Journalism Review, “Is the News Behaving More Like Advertising?” Damaris Calhoun pursues the hypothesis, “Just as ads are increasingly mimicking editorial content, the news is coming under increasing pressure to borrow some of the logic and tools of advertisers. This is especially true for mobile. …” Calhoun focuses on how the more innovative news media executives, especially “publishers of small local [&hellip

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Clarity in Baltimore, False Tale

3to5 Ethics Briefs As the unrest in Baltimore continues, the Poynter Institute is reminding journalists of the slightly tongue-in-cheek advice from NPR’s On the Media, “The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook” from September 2013. The Poynter post calls it “an indispensable guide for coverage of large, rapidly unfolding news events.” • • • The specificity of word definitions — not taken lightly by wordsmiths — becomes more crucial at times of [&hellip

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