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What's behind Seattle Weekly's failure to disclose its writer does PR for company she wrote about?
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What's behind Seattle Weekly's failure to disclose its writer does PR for company she wrote about?
By: Sydney Smith, Rhonda Roland Shearer
August 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Earlier this summer, Seattle Weekly failed to disclose that a writer of one of its recent stories also does public relations for a company about which she wrote. Even worse, iMediaEthics found out that her editor knew about...
Click delete on Huff Post's Morning Email; where Kim Kardashian's bikini tanning is a Top Story  [Commentary]
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Click delete on Huff Post's Morning Email; where Kim Kardashian's bikini tanning is a Top Story [Commentary]
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
July 25, 2014 05:26 PM EST
All hell is breaking loose in Gaza, Ukraine and Syria and ... but you wouldn't know it from the Huffington Post's "The Morning Email." Kim Kardashian's bikini tanning features among similar ...
Mystery of the upside down American White Flag at Brooklyn Bridge
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Mystery of the upside down American White Flag at Brooklyn Bridge
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
July 24, 2014 05:30 PM EST
Major news outlets have been speculating reasons for the bleached white American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, but  in at least one image, one of the flags is upside down, as shown above. iMediaEthics learned...
New York Times Front Page for Sale? Harry Winston Ad Wraps Print
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New York Times Front Page for Sale? Harry Winston Ad Wraps Print
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
April 10, 2014 11:36 AM EST
Readers woke up thinking only a Harry Winston diamond's ad circular was on their front steps instead of Thursday's New York Times. But, the ad isn't just for any business -- only Harry Winston jewels dazzled...
 Was Leah Goodman, Bitcoin reporter, undercover? Newsweek Editors Need to Respond
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Was Leah Goodman, Bitcoin reporter, undercover? Newsweek Editors Need to Respond
By: Sydney Smith, Rhonda Roland Shearer
March 07, 2014 07:30 PM EST
Did Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman, whose Bitcoin report has sparked a huge debate about privacy, trick her source by not properly identifying herself as a reporter or the real story she was working on at the start...
Mitt Romney,'We hold no ill will,' Accepts MSNBC's Harris-Perry Apology for Black Grandson Jokes
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Mitt Romney,'We hold no ill will,' Accepts MSNBC's Harris-Perry Apology for Black Grandson Jokes
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
January 05, 2014 11:10 AM EST
Today, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News Sunday and accepted MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry's numerous apologies over a segment mocking his black grandson. Harris-Perry and guests on her...
Was Sopranos' Lillo Freed from Prison for 'Burglary' or 'Robbery?' NY Post Confused Charges
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Was Sopranos' Lillo Freed from Prison for 'Burglary' or 'Robbery?' NY Post Confused Charges
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
January 01, 2014 12:27 PM EST
A caption error about Sopranos 'actor Lillo Brancato being released from prison created a factual contradiction in the print version of the New York Post's news story yesterday.   The Post story reported...
6 Winners, 1st Ethical Acts in Journalism Awards Announced by iMediaEthics
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6 Winners, 1st Ethical Acts in Journalism Awards Announced by iMediaEthics
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
December 31, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Journalism awards are traditionally given for news stories, commentary and design. What makes the annual iMediaEthics' Ethical Acts in Journalism Awards different is the recognition of ethical actions behind the scenes...
Was TV News Fame Conrad Barrett's Motive for Breaking 79-Year-Old's Jaw?
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Was TV News Fame Conrad Barrett's Motive for Breaking 79-Year-Old's Jaw?
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
December 29, 2013 05:00 AM EST
A 27-year-old white man, Conrad Barrett, was charged by federal prosecutors with a hate crime after he allededly sucker-punched an elderly black man in a racist version of the "knockout game." National media...
Why is Dina Merrill's 'Murder' on The NY Post Front Page? She's NOT Dead
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Why is Dina Merrill's 'Murder' on The NY Post Front Page? She's NOT Dead
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
December 27, 2013 11:15 AM EST
Twitter hoaxes abound, making false claims that certain celebrities are dead. Today's New York Post front page is out of the same harmful playbook when it misleads readers into believing, with a headline and photo of...
Holy Areola! Should the NY Times use pasties next time for its front page breast photo?
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Holy Areola! Should the NY Times use pasties next time for its front page breast photo?
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
November 27, 2013 12:42 PM EST
Sensationalism at the New York Times? Why else would the Times photography editors select a peek-a-boo shot of a woman breast cancer victim dropping her top and showing her upper areola? The image's caption (from the...
PoynterOnline.org is now a Spam Blog
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PoynterOnline.org is now a Spam Blog
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
November 21, 2013 12:30 PM EST
The PoynterOnline.org URL has been degraded into an “All Technology News” spam blog. Unbeknownst to the Poynter Institute, a prestigious journalism school in St. Petersburg, Florida, since April 2011, the...
Columbia Journalism Review Sued for Libel, Invasion of Privacy by Former Newsweek Teen Source
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Special Investigation : Columbia Journalism Review & Lies
Columbia Journalism Review Sued for Libel, Invasion of Privacy by Former Newsweek Teen Source
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
October 31, 2013 04:30 PM EST
After four decades of apologizing about his former confidential source Marcy, retired Columbia Journalism School professor Bruce Porter is being sued for three causes of action, libel, slander and violation of her...
Who is Howie Felterbush? How did he hoax 14 Gannett news outlets after the Zimmerman verdict?
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Special Investigation : Howie Felterbush Hoax
Who is Howie Felterbush? How did he hoax 14 Gannett news outlets after the Zimmerman verdict?
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
October 21, 2013 09:30 AM EST
Who is the prankster that fooled more than a dozen Gannett-owned media properties this summer following the George Zimmerman verdict? USA Today, Florida's First Coast News, Florida Today, WXIA and The Statesman Journal...
NYT says Boston Bomber not idealized in Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev August Cover? Four Alternatives
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NYT says Boston Bomber not idealized in Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev August Cover? Four Alternatives
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
July 18, 2013 03:59 PM EST
iMediaEthics tried alternative images of the accused Boston Bomber to test the visual result. The romantic, Jim Morrison-esque image editor chose is in stark contrast to the alternative shot used above where instead of...
FBI Not Lead Agency, Fed Grand Jury Indicts Alleged Boston Bomber for Killing MIT P.O. Sean Collier
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FBI Not Lead Agency, Fed Grand Jury Indicts Alleged Boston Bomber for Killing MIT P.O. Sean Collier
By: Amanda Fox-Rouch, Michael Schwartz, Rhonda Roland Shearer, Marina Williams
June 27, 2013 02:57 PM EST
The Associated Press has just reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going to be indicted for his alleged role in the April Boston Marathon bombings. Sources in the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Middlesex...
New York Post fakes it again, Obama photo doctored with NO disclosure
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New York Post fakes it again, Obama photo doctored with NO disclosure
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
May 14, 2013 01:55 PM EST
Can't the New York Post play by the rules? Photo editors know they are supposed to disclose when an image is a "photo illustration" even if the image looks obviously Photoshopped to many. Sunday, the NY...
Bronx 5-Alarm Blaze Fact Check Shows Sloppy Local Reporting, Not Just In National Breaking News Coverage
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Bronx 5-Alarm Blaze Fact Check Shows Sloppy Local Reporting, Not Just In National Breaking News Coverage
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
May 08, 2013 06:00 AM EST
It is easy to critique the media for errors during national breaking news like the Boston Marathon bombing, but what about daily local coverage? An iMediaEthics fact check of stories about a recent fire in the...
WPIX-TV airs 'Best Sex Ever' Sunday at 10 AM when Kids seek cartoons,'This is uncharted territory' Parents Television Council says
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WPIX-TV airs 'Best Sex Ever' Sunday at 10 AM when Kids seek cartoons,'This is uncharted territory' Parents Television Council says
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer
May 03, 2013 06:00 AM EST
While New York children were watching TV and munching on cornflakes while parents slept in, New York's WPIX-TV (PIX Channel 11) aired a program called "Best Sex Ever"’ on a recent Sunday morning. ...
82 percent of NY Post Anthony Weiner Front-page Story Stolen from New York Times Magazine
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82 percent of NY Post Anthony Weiner Front-page Story Stolen from New York Times Magazine
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
April 18, 2013 06:00 AM EST
Why do an exclusive interview for your front-page if you can just steal it from another newspaper? That's what the New York Post did with the New York Times' interview of former U.S. congressman and possible NYC...
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