How Journalists Misreport the Opioid Epidemic

Most opioid patients never get addicted and most people who do get addicted didn’t start their opioid addiction with a doctor’s prescription. The result of this skewed public conversation around opioids has been policies focused relentlessly on cutting prescriptions, says the Columbia Journalism Review.


Americans Asked to Defend Media Against ‘Cannibalistic’ Attacks

The director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of 170 nonprofit online media outlets, said reporters covering criminal justice and other local beats face an upsurge of harassment and intimidation. But “we’re not going to shut up,” Sue Cross said in an open letter posted Thursday in response to an appeal by the Boston Globe to news organizations around the country to publish editorials on the issue.

L.A. Times Contests Judge’s Order to Edit Story

A federal judge ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale, Ca., police detective accused of working with the Mexican Mafia, a move the newspaper called highly unusual and unconstitutional.

NY Times Reporter in Records Case Sent to NYC

In an apparent demotion, Ali Watkins, the New York Times federal law enforcement reporter whose email and phone records were secretly seized by the Trump administration, will be transferred out of the newspaper’s Washington, D.C., bureau and reassigned in New York City.


Should the Media Limit Coverage of Mass Shooters?

“When someone is desperate for fame or attention, committing a high-profile mass killing is one of the only guaranteed ways to get it,” criminologist Adam Lankford told a recent gathering of journalists. Responsible media, he argued, should guard against providing killers with a platform.