Media Experts Dispute S.F. Chief on Reporter Case

Media law experts pushed back against San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, who said a freelance journalist conspired to steal a police report, saying that it is not a crime to disclose a public record. Attorney Duffy Carolan, who represents media organizations siding with the reporter, said the public has constitutional rights to public records.

S.F. Chief: Journalist ‘Crossed the Line’ in Secret Report Case

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said journalist Bryan Carmody, whose home and office were raided by officers, joined a conspiracy to steal a confidential report, Scott spoke after police agreed to return property seized from Carmody in raids aimed at uncovering the source of a leaked police report into the death of the city’s elected public defender, Jeff Adachi.

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Why We Need a Code of Ethics in U.S. Crime Reporting

The American style of crime reporting— featuring sensational cases with the most odious details, printing mug shots and full names, and not providing contextual information on criminology and statistics in stories—is overdue for an overhaul, writes a communications specialist.

Criminal Justice Journalism Wins Pulitzer Prizes

Reporting by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on mass shootings won awards. Another winner was Hannah Dreier of ProPublica for a series on a crackdown on the MS-13 gang that also won a John Jay College of Criminal Justice prize this year.