40 years on from Watergate, journalism has gone through tectonic shifts that affect how reporters get their stories. We examine those shifting ethical grounds with gawker.com senior reporter John Cook. We discuss topics ranging from Christopher Hitchens, Barbara Walters, the FOXNews mole, the Church of Scientology, the Sandusky trial and more–always with one eye on the place for integrity in journalism in the ‘gotcha!’-age. John is not afraid to demystify his subjects–even when he happens to admire them–and be an advocate for truthful media. It’s a striking discussion. GUEST BIO: John Cook is a senior reporter for Gawker Media and has worked as a TV reporter and writer for Radar magazine, Mother Jones and the Chicago Tribune. ADD’L LINKS: twitter.com gawker.com blogs.villagevoice.com EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 The uncensored obituary–demystifying Mike Wallace. 00:37 Welcoming John Cook. 04:30 To Catch a Predator and the ethics of journalism collaborating with law enforcement. 07:30 Barbara Walters coverage of Assad and Syria. 10:11 Eulogizing Christopher Hitchens with honesty. 15:02 Is there a place for disparaging people you disagree with in journalism? 16:45 The Clinton impeachment and the punishable offenses of a president. 20:57 The temptation to shut up and follow the party line. 21:37 Barack Obama and the fast and furious controversy. 22:39 The Fox Mole, infiltrating Bill O’reilly for Gawker and the repercussions. 27:51 If Watergate was reported today…paying for … Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by Alex Rogers: What are some good examples of the blurring line between journalism and advertising?
An example would be a news show producing a paid advertisement that looks and feels like an editorial.
Answer by lmmvirago Another would be advertisements in paper magazines that are written to look like articles. These often appear in computer magazines (PC Mag, PC Gamer, etc) and have the word ‘advertisement’ in tiny print.
EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Entertainment journalism has shifted wildly in the last decade under the influence of big corporations and instant internet coverage. To provide us context for the wild west of new celebrity journalism, we speak with EW and People editor Richard Sanders. From the Sandusky trial and sensational cover stories, to substance abuse coverage and Time Warner’s corporate interests, we get to the key points that direct coverage. Richard pulls few punches and is an insightful reference. GUEST BIO: Richard Sanders worked as an Executive Editor at Entertainment Weekly for 11 years and (in two separate stints) at People magazine and people.com for 12 years. He often speaks to young journalists and offers himself up as an example for inspiration—as a guy who spent time in jail, rehab and a psych ward, and somehow went on to become a successful editor at Time Inc., and managed to stay sane and alive. He’s tried to reflect his experiences his eight thrillers, the latest of which is Dead Time Story. He’s been married for 42 years to his wife, Laurie—without whose help, he says, he wouldn’t be alive. They live in Garden City, NY ADD’L LINKS: www.ew.com www.timeinc.com www.amazon.com EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Media Mayhem introduction. 00:40 Welcoming Richard Sanders. 02:25 Story of the Week: the Sandusky Trial. 06:43 The reasons the Sandusky trial will continue to be a sensation. 09:00 The tendency to settle sex abuse allegations with payouts. 10:47 Sexual abuse coverage … Video Rating: 5 / 5
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Citation Details Title: Looking up: despite the massive gloom and doom of recent years, some media executives and analysts see brighter days ahead for digital advertising on news sites. The iPad could play a big role. Author: Bret Schulte Publication:American Journalism Review (Magazine/Journal) Date: June 22, 2010 Publisher: University of Maryland Volume: 32 Issue: 2 Page: 32(6)