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Jul 23, 2017 NEWSLETTER
 

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Was NPR confusing readers? NPR to change opinion labels
 

National Public Radio announced it is updating how it labels opinion content on its website to make it easier for readers to know what is opinion versus news.  A well-known complaint from the public is the trend in journalism that conflates news and opinion. By more clearly labeling content as news, opinion, analysis and so […]


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NYC Antiquities Dealer Sues WSJ over ISIS Looting Investigations Story
 

A New York antiquities dealer, Hicham Aboutaam, is suing the Wall Street Journal for suggesting he and his brother have sold items looted by ISIS. The Journal‘s May 31 article, “Prominent Art Family Entangled in ISIS Antiquities-Looting Investigations,” reported that the Swiss, Belgian, French and U.S. authorities are “looking at” Aboutaam and his brother Ali […]


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Graphic Video of Brazilian Transgender Woman being Beaten in Public Interest, Press Council says
 

A Brazilian transgender woman was beaten to death in the streets in Brazil, and Australia’s News.com.au captured the violence with a video and graphic still images. While the video was “substantially distressing,” the Australian Press Council ruled that publishing it was in the public interest. Oddly, despite the ruling in News.com.au’s favor, the article now […]


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Corrections Roundup: NYTimes duped by fake North Korean Twitter, LA Times mixes up Cairo & Red Sea & CSN Chicago apologizes to WetButt23
 

iMediaEthics rounds up interesting, newsworthy and sometimes even entertaining corrections from time to time. Below, see our latest assortment. 1. The New York Times was duped by a parody Twitter account of the North Korean government. That parody account, @DPRK_News, has fooled numerous news outlets over the years including CNN, Washington Post, Newsweek, Slate, Fox News […]


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Vallejo police officer did NOT say N-word, San Francisco CBS affiliate retracts
 

San Francisco CBS-affiliate KPIX reported that a police officer called a black driver he pulled over the n-word. But the Vallejo, California police officer didn’t and the police provided video to back up its officer. Now, KPIX has retracted its claim. The original July 8 KPIX story reporting the n-word claim has been deleted, as […]


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Graphic Doctored Picture of Skull & Missing Man’s Face Offensive, Aus Press Council Rules against Geelong Advertiser
 

The Geelong Advertiser, a daily newspaper in Australia, created a disturbing front-page image that drew the ire of the national press council. The doctored image blended two pictures — on one side, the head shot of a missing man named Paul Kingsbury, and on the other, the picture of a skull. The result was the […]


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Sinclair TV News stations used 2016 photo of Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson’s arrest to illustrate unrelated 2017 crime stories
 

Two Sinclair Broadcasting-owned TV news stations used a photo of Black Lives Matters activist Deray McKesson being arrested during a protest last year with stories about unrelated crimes. By pairing a photo of a man being arrested with these crime stories, the two news outlets erred by suggesting that McKesson was involved in those crimes. The […]


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