Vaccines and junk journalism

Good grief. KBZK posted a story yesterday with the following headline: “Experts: childhood vaccines deemed safe.” Was this really news on July 1, 2014? Did we not know this one, simple thing before? Granted, there are anti-vaccination people out there who rely on junk science and exaggerated anecdotes to form their opinions about the safety of vaccines.… Continue reading Vaccines and junk journalism

NBC Montana reporting non-news from Chicago

A couple days ago, a man named Panson De Oaks wrote to us on Facebook, linking to a video from the TV station WGN in Chicago. The video was a segment on vacation destinations — mostly high-end, expensive ones. Included was a vacation destination in Montana, Paws Up, a “glamping” destination in the Missoula area.… Continue reading NBC Montana reporting non-news from Chicago

The worthlessness of “digging deeper”

One morning. I stayed off Twitter for a one morning, and this is what happens? Hilarious selfie video RT @LaurenNBCMT Did some court doc reading and note-taking (as you see in the video) on the plan that Kevin Briggs… — Ted Sullivan (@TedJSullivan) February 11, 2014 The Chronicle’s Assistant Managing Editor Ted Sullivan tweeted his… Continue reading The worthlessness of “digging deeper”

The mystery of the disappearing KTVM story

Cops and courts reporter Whitney Bermes pointed out this interesting disappearing-story mystery today. Whitney received a phone call today from VOICE Center Director Alanna Sherstad and Assistant Managing Editor Ted Sullivan got one from Bozeman police Chief Ron Price. Both callers wanted to talk about a story detailing the affidavit for Kevin A. Briggs. Briggs… Continue reading The mystery of the disappearing KTVM story

The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

It all started, as so many things do these days, with a tweet. This morning I went undercover on a school bus in Gallatin County. Why? Find out on the ABC Montana News at 5:30… http://t.co/ELOuQAsdHJ — Cody Butler (@CodyABCFOXMT) January 16, 2014 The post comes from Cody Butler, a reporter at our local ABC/Fox… Continue reading The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

More NBC Montana ethics issues

I’m talking local journalism ethics again today, and once again the discussion is prompted by an NBC Montana reporter. And, once again, that reporter is Lauren Maschmedt. This time, it was [Maschmedt’s report](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Honors-event-to-recognize-achievement-of-Bozeman-women/-/14594602/19372020/-/5i46hg/-/index.html) on a local meeting of the Bozeman Business and Professional Women and its honors program, which gives awards to outstanding women. Guess… Continue reading More NBC Montana ethics issues

NBC Montana reporter inserted into chain of evidence

**Update:** Since originally publishing this post, another link has surfaced to [the full report](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Missing-Anaconda-woman-s-ID-found-in-Clark-Fork-River/-/14594602/19161704/-/106l8tvz/-/index.html), written by Maschmedt herself. Apparently the Will Wadley story was only a brief waiting for the full report. Indeed, the link to the Wadley verison now takes you to Maschmedt’s story. And what do we learn in the full story? Contrary… Continue reading NBC Montana reporter inserted into chain of evidence

More issues related to quoting from social networking profiles

I wrote Wednesday about a social networking issue: [Should journalists quote from sources’ social media profiles?](http://www.news.hypercrit.net/2012/08/15/is-it-ok-to-quote-sources-from-social-network-posts) I had a few more thoughts to share that didn’t quite fit into that post, so I thought I’d file a kind of disjointed follow-up. ###The Heinous Crime Provision First of all, media organizations already quote regularly from personal… Continue reading More issues related to quoting from social networking profiles