News next: a journalism teacher's diary

July 7, 2011

Sex and the New York Post

Filed under: None — Bernard L. Stein @ 6:04 pm
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Strauss-Kahn's mug shot

When the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn collapsed, the New York Post piled on with a bombshell claiming that the hotel chambermaid who accused the former head of the International Monetary Fund of raping her was a prostitute.

The story begins in textbook fashion:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser wasn’t just a girl working at a hotel — she was a working girl.
The Sofitel housekeeper who claims the former IMF boss sexually assaulted her in his room was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests, The Post has learned.

Leads make promises. This one asserts categorically that the housekeeper was a whore. Does it keep the promise? Does the Post really know what it says it knows? (more…)

February 28, 2010

Don’t shoot: journalist

Filed under: None — Bernard L. Stein @ 10:54 am
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The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Knight Citizens News Network have collaborated on a terrific guide to avoiding the pitfalls of publication. I urge you to take a look.

It has always been dangerous to tell the world what you think or what you know. Just ask Galileo or Thomas More. But if publishing your thoughts and findings has always been risky, in the world created by the internet, where anyone has access to an audience, it has become riskier still, and on a far larger scale.

Whether you’re posting to the blog for this class or your Facebook page, you’re publishing. You need to be aware of the rules and the risks that come with gathering information and disseminating it. (more…)

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