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Kelly McBride @kellymcb on Oct 7

Poynter's Truth & Trust Chicago: Media Need to Add Nuance, Context to Crime Coverage

chris martin @ctonk144 on 8 Sep 2014

poynter's Kelly McBride kicks off truth & trust in the 21st century in Chicago @ 360 Chicago

chris martin @ctonk144 on 4 Sep 2014

I'm hosting this: RT : Grab your seat for this Thurs event in : Spots going fast.

Kelly McBride @kellymcb on 2 Sep 2014

Everyday Ethics podcasts tackle moral quandaries of the day, so you don’t have to!

saraquinn @saraquinn on 14 May 2014

Rule #1: do no harm; rule #2: fear-mongering is harmful

saraquinn @saraquinn on 1 May 2014

I do. RT : "Journalism is Critical to Democracy" - . Do you agree? @CONX -

Kelly McBride @kellymcb on 1 May 2014

It's true. I'm starting work tomorrow very early.RT : Apr 30th at 2AM EAT!

Kelly McBride @kellymcb on 29 Apr 2014

This article on seemed to paint an entire group of people based on a handful of ex. Is that fair?

craignewmark Verified account @craignewmark on 4 Apr 2014

Hey, does need new ethics? More here:

craignewmark Verified account @craignewmark on 4 Apr 2014

When is anecdotal reporting enough to support broad conclusions without concrete data?

craignewmark Verified account @craignewmark on 4 Apr 2014

craignewmark Verified account @craignewmark on 4 Apr 2014

The journalism education of Craig Newmark: via

craignewmark Verified account @craignewmark on 3 Apr 2014

How news consumers might feel about (fairly typical) reporting.

saraquinn @saraquinn on 3 Apr 2014

Hey, news consumers, how do you interpret stories like this? (talking & with )

craignewmark Verified account @craignewmark on 3 Apr 2014

Fact + Anecdote = Ethical Reporting: w/ other great minds.

saraquinn @saraquinn on 3 Apr 2014


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The right way to publish a killer’s deranged manifesto

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by Kelly McBride Published May 27, 2014 1:37 pm Updated May 27, 2014 2:31 pm There’s a democratic value to publishing and referencing Elliot Rodger’s manifesto. The 22-year-old mass murderer left us a 141-page window into his deranged thinking. But don’t just publish it, add context. Perhaps the most valuable thing journalists can do would be to get psychiatrists and psychologists to annotate the document. (Though perhaps you wouldn’t want to annotate it like this.) Art Caplan, head of the bioethics division at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, advocates the same approach when considering the publication of medical research produced by Nazi doctors. By explaining the flaws behind information, we contribute to an improving body of knowledge while neutralizing the potential of perpetuating harm. “Make it clear this is the raving of a devious and delusional mind,” Caplan said of Rodger’s manifesto. “Help us understand what compels someone to be so hateful and mysogonistic.” Also, help the audience see what hate and misogyny really look like. You can do that the way the New York Post did, by labeling the...


The New York Times owes the audience an explanation

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by Kelly McBride Published May 14, 2014 6:00 pm Updated May 14, 2014 6:51 pm Jill Abramson’s departure as the executive editor of The New York Times and Dean Baquet’s appointment as her replacement was abrupt. Times Company Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told senior editors at a 2 p.m. meeting and the rest of the staff and the world found out around 2:30 p.m. Abramson had been in the position since 2011, a relatively short time. She won’t stick around for the transition. For now, Times leadership is not answering the question: What happened? The Times’ own story was cryptic. Reporter Ravi Somaiya wrote, “The reasons for the switch were not immediately clear.” In a later version he wrote that Sulzberger declined to directly address the question he said was “’on all of your minds’ – the reason for the sudden switch. Citing newsroom management, he said it was not about the journalism, the direction of the newsroom or the relationship between the newsroom and business sides of the paper.” Capital New York reported it this way: “And that’s...


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