Tuesday, September 30, 2014

There are standards...

Interesting editorial piece in the "Hot Topics" section of the Palm Beach Post today. You can read it here.

The commentary by Mr. Wasserman deals with the journalist code of ethics and specifically the Society for Professional Journalism (SPJ). Just last week I brought up the SPJ because a local "journalist" had publicly come to the defense of a blogger who is using violent images and harmful/personal attacks. The SPJ code of ethics does not encourage such tactics. No professional "journalist" would.

You can re-read my earlier post here.

The Post also seems to be grappling with issues in local reporting such as when it is appropriate to publish unattributed rumors. I think the state of the media in general has let go of what standards it had and is playing to the lowest common denominator.