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  1. Opinion journalism A few thoughts on independenceversus partisanship

  2. From the YouTube debate

  3. Outcry from conservatives • Was it a legitimate question?

  4. Outcry from conservatives • Was it a legitimate question? • If it was, then is there a problem?

  5. Outcry from conservatives • Was it a legitimate question? • If it was, then is there a problem? • Kerr’s motive: Getting a particular candidate elected

  6. SPJ Code of Ethics • “Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know”

  7. SPJ Code of Ethics • “Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know” • Avoid conflicts of interest

  8. SPJ Code of Ethics • “Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know” • Avoid conflicts of interest • Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity

  9. SPJ Code of Ethics • “Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know” • Avoid conflicts of interest • Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity • Avoid political involvement

  10. Opinion journalism • Does the Code of Ethics apply?

  11. Opinion journalism • Does the Code of Ethics apply? • What about saying you support a particular candidate?

  12. Opinion journalism • Does the Code of Ethics apply? • What about saying you support a particular candidate? • Is there a difference between supporting a candidate and endorsing her?

  13. Newsroom practice • All journalists, even opinion journalists, are prohibited from saying for whom they will vote

  14. Newsroom practice • All journalists, even opinion journalists, are prohibited from saying for whom they will vote • All journalists, even opinion journalists, are prohibited from making campaign contributions

  15. Newsroom practice • All journalists, even opinion journalists, are prohibited from saying for whom they will vote • All journalists, even opinion journalists, are prohibited from making campaign contributions • Advocacy of principles and ideas versus partisan involvement

  16. Journalism in the classroom • Professor in a position of authority — easily abused

  17. Journalism in the classroom • Professor in a position of authority — easily abused • A journalism professor should model the behavior expected of journalists

  18. Journalism in the classroom • Professor in a position of authority — easily abused • A journalism professor should model the behavior expected of journalists • What if professor was an opinion journalist?

  19. Journalism in the classroom • Professor in a position of authority — easily abused • A journalism professor should model the behavior expected of journalists • What if professor was an opinion journalist? • What if professor is still working as an opinion journalist?

  20. Journalism in the classroom • Professor in a position of authority — easily abused • A journalism professor should model the behavior expected of journalists • A matter of mutual respect for a wide range of views