Rolling Stone magazine last week retracted the story it ran last fall about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The retraction was issued after the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism looked into the story (at the magazine’s request) and found numerous flaws.
Many news outlets report on crime. Some even make regular trips to police stations to check on reports. The Shop Talk panelists were asked the question: how do you handle it when one of your own reporters is arrested?
The alleged corruption by Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) was uncovered through the digging done by reporters. The Shop Talk panelists say this story demonstrates once again why it's important to have fully funded and staffed newsrooms.
In an article for the RTDNA, former TV news director Forrest Carr refers to this as The Age of Shoddy in journalism. He wrote that instead of fact checking, New Media advocates think it is okay to report rumors and then check for veracity.
In an article on the “Take Part” website, Eric Alterman wrote that public relations is killing journalism. Alterman pointed out there are now 4.6 public relations specialists in America for every one reporter. And those p.r. specialists make considerably more money on average than reporters.
The Baltimore Sun reported new Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's lawyer has urged agency heads and staff to stamp a claim of "executive privilege" -- the civilian equivalent of "top secret" -- on all their internal correspondence, emails and documents.