By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"Newspeople used to joke that readers should never be allowed to see how the sausage is made. Now we need to show that messy process as clearly as possible. Our very credibility depends on it." -- Margaret Sullivan, in her latest column about a new kind of transparency in reporting.
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Savvy reporters at The Washington Post didn't let Jaime Phillips pull one over on them. Instead of publishing a story about Phillips' false claims against Roy Moore, The Post confronted her. Her off-the-record conversations were published because The Post couldn't "honor an 'off-the-record' agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith," said Executive Editor Martin Baron. (Phillips has ties to Project Veritas and appears to be part of an "undercover sting operation.")
+Related: Video was key for The Washington Post's debunking of Project Veritas.
NBC News announced the termination of longtime Today Show co-host Matt Lauer today after they received complaints about sexual misconduct. SPJ Ethics Committee Member Alex Veeneman says the producers at Today were right to make the announcement and is happy to see they are treating this as they would other stories. "NBC must keep its word to be open and transparent about this issue. Just because [he] is one of the most prominent journalists on the network does not excuse the behavior."
"Every time he does this, every time he blasts the free press and promotes an alternative pro-Trump universe, it's a setback for media literacy and an informed citizenry." Read more from Brian Stelter about why the media shouldn't normalize Donald Trump's tweets.
The Federal Communications Commission released its proposal to kill net neutrality last week, which would end restrictions on internet service providers (ISPs) that attempt to guarantee a free and open internet. The Freedom of the Press Foundation says this is an important free press issue.
Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is revoking Charlie Rose's award after numerous reports of sexual misconduct were shared. Read SPJ Ethics Chair Andrew Seaman's take on why there should be appropriate ramifications -- as there would be in any other profession -- for consequences for sexual misconduct in the journalism industry.
GET A GIG
WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia, is looking for a news producer with strong news judgement! This full-time position will be a major part of the station's online presence. Get details here, and apply here.
The Washington Post is hiring a technology policy reporter. If reporting on how the government is creating policies that affect the nation's technology companies and how those companies are influencing Congress sounds interesting to you, don't wait to apply! The deadline is tomorrow.
LEARN SOME STUFF
We can all agree that transcribing is the worst. Try out Deepgram -- a new free audio transcription tool worth checking out. Find more journalism tools and tech at JournalistsToolbox.org.
GIVE A LITTLE
The American Society of News Editors wants to learn more about the challenges related to requests from the public to remove content on media websites and in digital archives, a.k.a. "unpublishing." By filling out this survey, you'll provide insight to this "rising phenomenon and inform best practices for the industry."
SPJ QUICK FIX
SPJ and 20 other media organizations are urging the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn an appeals court ruling so the government would be required to obtain a warrant before acquiring cellphone location data.
The deadline to nominate an outstanding journalist to be a Fellow of the Society is Friday! Send your nominations with a letter of recommendation stating why the person deserves national recognition. Submit entries here. Email program coordinator Christine Cordial with any questions.
"Social media gives us a new toolkit in serving this mission, but our principles should lead the way." NBC News Editor and guest blogger Becky Bratu writes about why we shouldn't forget our humanity while reporting tragic incidents on social media.