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The First Amendment, mounted in UA's Lemke Department of Journalism
Few Flacks’ Seeds Sprout, News’ Wall at 61, Dinner at Chafe

3to5 Ethics Briefs Michael Romano, a Georgia Southern University political science professor, studied how 10,000 congressional press releases were utilized in the news media and found “Despite Downturn, Journalists Still Prefer to Not Use Press Releases.” Poynter’s James Warren summarizes how the study was created and what exactly it found — journalists these days preserve their independence and don’t generally cut-and-paste from official announcements. • • • ProPublica’s Richard Tofel [&hellip

Entrance to UA's Lemke Department of Journalism
Uptick in Fact Checking, Syrian Sarin Attack, Advocacy Advocate

3to5 Ethics Briefs A vital aspect of ethical journalism has been found to be on the upswing — fact checking. Poynter’s James Warren reports in “Academic Research: ‘Huge Growth’ in Fact Checking by the Media” that a scholarly paper written by a team led by Lucas Graves of the University of Wisconsin finds  “There are scores of dedicated fact-checking outlets that didn’t exist even five years ago.” Source: Poynter.org • [&hellip

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Paper Spins Gyro, Going Native, Opinion in Ohio, Vox Links

3to5 Ethics Briefs Doug Hughes, 61, a Florida postal worker, was arrested Wednesday after landing a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hughes said the stunt was to protest federal campaign finance laws. He had been planning the act for months, according to the Tampa Bay Times, whose reporter Ben Montgomery Hughes had notified of his plans last summer. The newspaper did not contact the Secret Service [&hellip

The First Amendment, mounted in UA's Lemke Department of Journalism
Publishing S.C. Video, Stamp Quote, Post Strategy

3to5 Ethics Briefs Major news media published midweek a video taken by an onlooker that shows North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael Slager fatally shooting Walter Scott. The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins examines the ethical choices on showing violent images in “Graphic New York Times Video Seems Justified.” The Washington Post also posted the video. Tompkins writes, “Journalists are in the truth-telling business. Sometimes the truth is hard to watch.” [&hellip

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