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Bad News and Good Judgment

A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues in a Small-Town Newspaper

By Jim Pumarlo

Trade Paper
ISBN 9780966517613

  • Ethics
Bad News and Good Judgment cover

Bad News and Good Judgment

By Jim Pumarlo

Trade Paper
ISBN 9780966517613

  • Ethics
Know how to report ethically challenging stories in your community

About Bad News and Good Judgment

This book helps small-town editors decide how to report on sensitive issues such as suicides, sexual abuse, and accidents. It helps them answer these questions:

  • Should we print accident-scene photos? If so, how?
  • Do we report the suspensions of star student athletes?
  • How do we cover the suicide of a community member?
  • How can we be sensitive to crime victims?
  • Do we let our reporters use confidential sources?
  • How do we develop our newsroom policies on ethical issues?
  • How do we communicate our policies to our readers?

 

This book should be on the desk of every community newspaper editor...

 

If you read Jim Pumarlo's book and heed his practical advice, you'll have a huge advantage the next time an ethical problem arises—you'll have the structure, policies and guidance to make the right decision.