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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, and his brother, former CNN anchor, Chris Cuomo. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

How dual loyalties created an ethics problem for Chris Cuomo and CNN

A journalist’s role is to serve the public interest. But CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, by helping his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a scandal, put personal interests above the public’s.
Reporting about minor crimes is about to change. Illustration by kali9/iStock/Getty Images Plus

The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices to ‘do less harm and give people second chances’

The Associated Press will no longer name those arrested in minor crimes when the news service is unlikely to cover the story’s resolution. That’s a major shift in US news culture.
President Donald Trump, flanked by administration and public health officials, during a briefing on the coronavirus on March 25. Getty/Mandel Ngan / AFP

It’s a bad idea for journalists to censor Trump – instead, they can help the public identify what’s true or false

Journalism’s ethics code says the press must ‘seek truth and report it,’ and also minimize harm. During a public health crisis, how should the press deal with President Trump’s inaccuracies and lies?
Finance Minister Bill Morneau being interviewed after delivering a budget that promised financial aid for journalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Government funding for journalism: To what end?

The newspaper industry has been asking the federal government for financial assistance for years. Now that Ottawa has revealed its plan, what purpose will it serve to sustain news organizations?
Finance Minister Bill Morneau participates in TV interviews after tabling his budget, which included a $595 million financial package for news organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

As Ottawa helps the news industry, latest research suggests journalists’ loyalties are tough to buy

The federal budget has offered several initiatives to help Canada’s ailing news industry. Does that mean journalists will be compromised by government handouts? New research suggests they won’t.
The Canadian government wants to offer financial assistance to the news industry. How will it define what’s journalism? . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist – not a bad thing

The Canadian government has announced a new policy of providing financial assistance to the country’s news industry. With any financial support will come a need to define who exactly is a journalist.
The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Media Files: Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics

Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics. The Conversation62.5 MB (download)
Today on the podcast we're talking filter bubbles, fake news, opinion vs fact. Media Files asks two experts how the media and politics influence each other - and why that's causing concern.
Walter V. Robinson, the US investigative journalist who was portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film Spotlight, talks to Media Files about his team’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI/AAP

Media Files: Spotlight’s Walter V. Robinson and the Newcastle Herald’s Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse - and the threats that followed

Spotlight’s Walter V. Robinson and the Newcastle Herald’s Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse - and the threats that followed. The Conversation74.5 MB (download)
In this episode, we hear from Walter V. Robinson on how the Boston Globe Spotlight investigation into clergy abuse began, and from the Newcastle Herald's Chad Watson on how his paper covered abuse.
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Does nonpartisan journalism have a future?

In a complex media environment, it’s become incredibly difficult for the neutral press to point out Donald Trump’s lies without having that information discounted as partisan bias.

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