Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Disclosure Not Enough

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

From Clark Bell:

The always thoughtful Bob Steele makes an excellent point in a recent essay on protecting journalistic integrity when balancing competing loyalties with conflicting interests. Steele, the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values, crafted his thoughts after reading a Jan. 20 column by Clark Hoyt, public editor of the New York Times. Hoyt addressed how a news organization should deal with a journalist's spouse or lover who is also a newsmaker. Steele believes that disclosure is a valuable form of transparency that reveals and shines light. However, he urges that disclosure be accompanied by accountability and that journalists commit to an ongoing process of examination and oversight.

To view Hoyt's column, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/opinion/20pubed.html.
Steele's column link: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=67&aid=136358.

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