NPR Updates Ethics Code


NPR’s code of ethics now extends to employees of shows that NPR distributes but does not produce. The move follows a report that the host of an NPR-distributed program was participating in fundraising dinners for a nonprofit organization.


Ombudsmen in the U.S.

Just a handful of ombudsmen, or public editors, are working in the United States.


In the News…

A new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that hundreds of journalists have been murdered and more than 1,000 have died in just a little more than two decades.


Self-censorship and self-regulation

DEDI gathering

Several members of ONO recently attended a round-table discussion to explore the idea of introducing a readers’ editor/ombudsman position to media in Egypt. The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute hosted the event. The group also discussed the media with the Grand Imam, Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb, considered to be the worldwide leader of Sunni Muslims.

ONO members in attendance included Tarmu Tammerk, president of ONO, Stephen Pritchard, readers’ editor at the Observer, and Jacob Mollerup, Media Ombudsman of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

“Journalism is a difficult job in modern Egypt and yet amid all the obstacles the Cairo press is striving to gain credibility through self-regulation,” says Pritchard.


Why a Reporter’s ‘Epic Rant’ on Twitter Gets No Argument Here


A New York Times reporter pursued by the Obama administration on his sources recently spoke out via Twitter to challenge public statements of U.S. government officials.

James Risen says he will spend the rest of his life “fighting to undo damage done to press freedom in the United States by (President) Barack Obama and (Attorney General) Eric Holder.” Risen referred to the Obama administration as “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation” and called the attorney general “the nation’s top censorship officer.”

“Maybe the tenor of Mr. Risen’s tweets wasn’t very Timesian,” says New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, “But the insistence on truth-telling and challenging the powerful is exactly what The Times ought to stand for. Always.”


Charlie Hebdo massacre: Painful new ironies and tired old remedies

Charlie Hebdo funeral

“Hearing about the Jan. 7 slaughter was like finding out that somebody assassinated Don Martin, the late Mad magazine cartoonist, or Robert Crumb, the Leonardo of the U.S. underground press. Charlie Hebdo? Who on earth would kill those guys? Has the world truly gone nuts?” — Ed Wasserman, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley