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LinuxWorld Senior Editorial Staff Resigns

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the someone-should-have-thought-ahead-on-this-one dept.

The Media 344

sachmet writes "In light of the interview with Fuat Kirccali, James Turner has announced on his blog the immediate resignation of the LinuxWorld senior editorial staff." From the post: "We regret that Sys-Con Media has been unable to apply a standard of journalistic ethics that we can comfortably operate under. We feel that recent articles published with the consent of Sys-Con Media fail to meet minimum generally accepted journalistic codes, and because the management of Sys-Con Media has failed to acknowledge that the articles are by all informed judgment ethically unsupportable, we have decided we must find other avenues for our work."

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Montreal? (1)

Montreal!!hahahahaha (880138) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528595)

hahahahah..a

Re:Montreal? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528619)

esd

Geek retaliation (-1, Flamebait)

BrynM (217883) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528596)

Endorsing such blatant disregard for privacy is pretty bad. If anything happens to Pamela Jones now that her info is out there... Well, let's just say the bastard better not have a web server!

Fear the wrath of Slashdot! Quake at your keyboard villain...

Oh, Quake 4 at your keyboard, eh? Wow. Can I play?

--Quaking Rodent

Re:Geek retaliation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528672)

Does anyone have nude pictures of Pam?

Re:Geek retaliation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528677)

Oh man, check the hun for all anal.

why 'they' are doing this: (2)

nietsch (112711) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529030)

When you see a case where the defense has no case... then, what is the tactic
that the lawyers try?

- If you can't attack the message.

- Then, attack the messenger!

This is what the other side is doing now. It is even to the point where the
parent corporation of the publication(s) in question seems to be anti-FOSS. You
can not run or hide from the truth. Actions speak louder than words. The
publication of this article was an action. I don't believe that even a
retraction will undo the damage.

The next question is this... how deep does the conspiracy against Linux go if
supposedly pro-Linux publications are allowing themselves to be a tool to attack
PJ?

This is a low, low, low day in the history of all corporate entities that are
somehow related to this article. Who in management would approve of this tact?

2 motives exist that result in corporate actions like this. Business or
personal. At this point, if it was a business related action. Then, someone
made the wrong choice and the only choice is to resign with what little dignity
you have left. If this writting was personal, then the parties involved need to
step back and do the right thing (resign)! ...a total absence of class!
How much lower can they go?

Honesty (5, Insightful)

ninthwave (150430) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528613)

It is nice to see some honesty and morals in the mess that journalism has become.

It is sad that it took this mess for it to be shown.

I wonder if slashdot might be hiring or its parent company might have a home for these people. Even if it is just for PR purposes.

Re:Honesty (5, Insightful)

capt.Hij (318203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528634)

When Turner first acknowledged problems with the O'gara article he used some weasel words and stopped short of apologizing. I was critical of him and his staff, but now he has really stepped up to the plate and did the right thing. It will certainly be a costly action on his part, and he has shown a lot of class and integrity. I was critical of him before, but I was wrong.

Kudos to a group of people who made a difficult decision and did the right thing.

Re:Honesty (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528644)

It will certainly be a costly action on his part

It was an unpaid position, wasn't it?

Re:Honesty (2, Funny)

scupper (687418) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528688)

It was an unpaid position, wasn't it?

Karma, he'll lose karma:)

Re:Honesty (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528696)

Seems to me he'll gain karma :)

Re:Honesty - But what about Linus (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528657)

The strange thing about this is that the trademarks that they use (Linux Business News) etc. belong to Linus Torvalds. Effectively this means he is endorsing these magazines. What is he doing about this? Claiming that there is no need for morality in the world as usual???

Re:Honesty - Sys-con Advertisers list (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528824)

Talking of who is endorsing who, here are the people to complain to and/or boycott. This is to save you from having to go to the sys-con site yourself. More will be added as I (or you) find them.

First letter capitalised for easy sorting. Alphabetical order. Product advertised where mentioned. No links to avoid giving further adverts.

Please be polite and clear when contacting, not angry. Please only do so where you have a real existing or potential business relationship with the company which you are able to cut off or otherwise influence. Please remember that these companies may have already cut off contacts with sys-con and simply their adverts have not yet been removed.

Arkeia / Enterprise Backup Software
Barracuda Networks / Spam Firewalls
Chrystal reports (XI)
Embedded Systems / PDA Sync Software
Forum Systems / XML security of some kind
Fusion Ware / Integration Server
Google (ads by google)
IT program management / office best practices
Infitech / X5 NAS
Jboss (JEEE application server)
Microsoft
Netop remote control
Networld Interop / conference
Oracle
Oracle technology network
Parasoft automated software error prevention(tm)
Quadbase
Qualcomm / Qcamera (SymbianDJ)
Quest software / Jprobe suite
Sleepycat software / Berkley DB Java Edition
Sun / Java Studio Creator
Sybase
Tenable / Network Security
TruePosition / Location based services
Wily technology
XSL Maker / XSL IDE

Re:Honesty - But what about Linus (1, Informative)

Teancum (67324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528830)

Linus Torvalds basically trademarked the name "Linux" as a way to keep others from doing it instead. This way Linus can control what and how the name "Linux" is used, and more importantly, make sure that some legal idiot doesn't get ahold of the trademark and hold the entire F/OSS community hostage (like SCO) because they got to the USPTO first with the trademark registration.

Linus has publicly stated that he doesn't mind the community use of the term. Magazines and journals (both dead-tree and on-line) using the name Linux were around even before the trademark was formally registered, and this use of the term is generally acceptable. Just don't speak for the Linux development community unless you really are a major contributor to the kernel and what you are saying is generally acceptable by the community (like, sure, we use the GPL for our software, etc.).

If you were to start a business that had the name Linux in it, or used Linux beyond a passing reference (such as creating a new distro that has the name Linux somewhere in the distro's name), it would be a good idea to track down Linus' e-mail address and drop him a line asking him for permission to use the name Linux, even if it is only a matter of courtesy. He'll probably grant it as well, especially if you are nice about it. Linus is not a big company that is jealously guarding its trademarks. [paramount.com]

Wouldn't matter much anyway (0, Offtopic)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528850)

So even if a dodgy character *did* register Linux as a trademark, and claim trademark infringement, how difficult would it be to change?
:%s/Linux/Fuckyoux/g


Not too difficult, I suspect.

Re:Wouldn't matter much anyway (1, Insightful)

Teancum (67324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528967)

Actually, it would be quite difficult. There is already a fairly established base of companies that have used the name Linux in part of their name, and quite a few books and other uses of the name Linux that it would have been a major headache to get all of them changed to another name or term. Just the legal costs alone of changing all of those established business names, as well as all of the derived trademarks (like Redhat Linux) would have been a challenge to modify. It is not like you can do a character string change to all computers on the internet, printed boxes, fixed media (like CD-ROMs), and billboards.

When Linus first sent out Linux 0.1 back elsewhen, I agree that it would have been trivial to change the name. That is no longer the case, and hasn't been for several years.

There was quite a bit of discussion about this a few years ago (when Linus went through the legal motions to get the trademark formally registered in both the EU and the USA). Like I said, it was to avert a major legal mess if it weren't done, rather than ignore the issue. The Linux community really has grown to the size that legal issues have become a major point of contention, and this is something that all people in the computer industry should pay attention to at some point... or any other group or organization once it gets to a certain size (or rocking the boat politically).

Re:Honesty - But what about Linus (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528889)

Well, slightly inaccurate in facts (he didn't trade mark it, he had an existing fraudulent registration transferred to him) and more inaccurate in tone. Linus has said that you can use it for writing about Linux. He hasn't said that hate publications are okay (and that's what publishing people's home addresses in this way amounts to). More importantly, even if he thinks he had mistakenly said they are okay, he can also withdraw that permission since he has no contractual obligation to these magazines. This is a simple practical situation where he can make a clear decision.

Avoiding the issue and just ignoring this would be his choice and that choice would speak clearly about him.

Re:Honesty - But what about Linus (4, Informative)

gmack (197796) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528980)

Actually Linus didn't actually trademark the name. It was given to him in a settlement with someone who trademarked it and tried to hold the entire community hostage back in 1997. [linuxjournal.com]

SCO wasn't the first company to make money at the expense of the Linux community.

Re:Honesty (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528664)

I agree.

It's worth pointing out that even though you know it's wrong, it's fundamentally against human nature to stand up to authority figures like your boss.

Milgram's experiment [wikipedia.org] showed that 65% of people were willing to inflict considerable amounts of harm on somebody, even though they didn't want to, simply because an authority figure told them to.

I suspect a lot of people complaining about O'Gara's piece would not have resigned if they were in that position themselves.

Re:Honesty (1)

ninthwave (150430) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528798)

Yes that is why an action that rises above our nature and goes for the high ground need rewarded by society or there never be an incentive to be more than sheep, when it comes to morals and ethics.

Re:Honesty (2, Informative)

ebuck (585470) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528940)

Please don't call that an experimenet.

Milgram's test stands as a low point in the application of Psychology, but a high point in the sensationalisim of its findings.

There is not control, so there is no provability. The population was self selecting. There were problems in reproducibility, lending only labs that were able to reproduce to be published. And today, the experiment is now considered unethical preventing the acceptance of any further research on the findings.

It's about as close to an experiment in scientific terms as O'Gara's recent piece was an "article" in publishing terms.

Re:Honesty (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528707)

This is all because of the bitter battle between Maureen O'Gara of LinuxWorld and PJ of Groklaw, which recentley culminated is MOG publishing very personal details about PJ. MOG was fired and it looks like the rest have jumped in protest that the article was published in the first place.

Re:Honesty (3, Interesting)

ninthwave (150430) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528815)

No they have had internal battle for 6 months on the nature of MOG articles, they asked with the publishing of that article for MOG to be pulled and the offices of SYS-CON pubicly distance themselves from MOG. The first part was done but the recent interview showed the Officers saw nothing wrong with the article, so the editors left.

So you wording is wrong and disregards the lesser actions taken before drastic action was threatened and then acted upon. There was dialogue and the dialogue was mostly ignored.

Re:Honesty (2, Insightful)

muszek (882567) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529128)

Looking at it from a strictly business-wise point of view it's surprising for me to see how Fuat Kirccali acts.

It's quite clear (although it's only a hypothesis) for me that being a linux user must be somehow co-related with moral sensitivity. Ideas surrounding Open Source are filled with ethical meanings and most of linux users swim in open source world on a daily basis.

Why would a businessman who relies heavily on morally sensitive customers (yes, visitors, not advertisers, are his customers ("bring visitors and advertisers will come") supports immoral acts? Especially that this immoral act was indirectly pointed at Open Source world... that's simply stupid for me. He can't simply do what Gates does (he can repeat "IE is better" over and over and most people will believe), cuz he talks to smarter people.

Ain't it what actually happened? Thousands of people are pissed at Sys-Con...

On the other hand, I'm affraid that show-biznes' rule "there's no such thing as bad press" might work here as well - after all they got a lot of attention.

Re:Honesty (2, Insightful)

B'Trey (111263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529135)

Unless you're browsing at -1, you probably won't see this post for very long because someone will mark it as a troll or flamebait. It's neither. It's an honest, straitforward opinion.

I've been using Linux since '93. I'm writting this post on Firefox running on Gentoo, with a NAT'd internet connection supplied by a Debian server. I think SCO is a sleazy company looking to steal money and momentum from the success of Linux. I am extremely grateful for what PJ has done. Her contributions to the Linux community have been invaluable. But the simple fact is that PJ stepped up and made herself a public figure in an extremely controversial case. And there is no constitutional or guaranteed right to remain anonymous.

Public figures deal with this kind of poking and prying all the time. Celebrities deal with paparazi. Politicians deal with people digging into every nook and cranny of their life. Innocent, ordinary people who are thrust into the spotlight have all sorts of private details published and pored over.

I'm no fan of O'Gara. But she's no worse than scores of other reporters out there, and to claim her story was a gross violation of journalistic ethics is a biased response. (The Google cache of her story [64.233.161.104] is still available. If you haven't read it, read it yourself.) If Daryl McBride's personal information had been published (and it seems like at some point it was, although I can't find the story now), everyone would be cheering the public's "right to know." Daryl has complained about threatening letters and phone calls, and fearing attack, and we haven't leaped to his defense and insisted on his right to privacy. But since it's our ox being gored, we're all ready to go to war.

The response to this piece by many zealots has been much more unethical than the publishing of the article. I realize that the response, in particular the DOS and threatening email, is attributal to only a small minority of OSS and Linux supporters, and that many of the leaders in the field have spoken out against them. But the denial of those actions has been almost perfunctory. We should be screaming about those who smear the Linux and OSS name with illegal and unethical attacks at least at the same volume we're screaming about O'Gara and Sys-Con.

If you choose to put yourself in the spotlight, you can expect to have the press breathing down your neck. You don't have to like it but you might as well get used to it. It's a part of American life. It's the obverse side of the "freedom of the press" coin. Would you really prefer to live in a place where the press is constrained? There are those reading Slashdot who do, in fact, live in such a place. Ask them which is preferable.

The entire senior staff resigns (2, Informative)

WebHostingGuy (825421) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528614)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Senior Editorial Staff of LinuxWorld Magazine Announce
Resignations

MONTVALE, New Jersey, May 14th, 2005 --- The entire senior editorial staff of
LinuxWorld Magazine has today announced that they will be leaving the magazine,
effective immediately.

The following statement was released by the group. "We regret that Sys-Con Media has
been unable to apply a standard of journalistic ethics that we can comfortably operate
under. We feel that recent articles published with the consent of Sys-Con Media fail to
meet minimum generally accepted journalistic codes, and because the management of
Sys-Con Media has failed to acknowledge that the articles are by all informed judgment
ethically unsupportable, we have decided we must find other avenues for our work."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
James Turner
turner@blackbear.com
603-552-2020

Dee-Ann LeBlanc
dee@renaissoft.com
(604) 898-8433

Mod parent down as bigot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528648)

"meet minimum generally kill jews accepted journalistic codes"

Grab your copy of the page while its there (4, Interesting)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528667)

You left out some important stuff with your cut-n-paste, so here it is:
Why is Fuat the Only Person Who Doesn't Get It

I just got home from my 25th High School reunion, so sorry if I'm coming to the game a little late on Fuat's interview in Free Software Magazine this afternoon.

A few things right off the bat. I've been supporting Sys-Con this week because I believed that this was based on, at worse, a misjudgement on the part of Fuat Kircaali in approving the publication of Maureen O'Gara's original article. It is becoming clear that Mr. Kircaali does not understand or value the basic ethical standards respected by the mainstream publishing industry. I wrote earlier today to the Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, who's code of ethics I've quoted before in this space. I included a copy of the original O'Gara article. Here is the response:

James,

I agree with you. That piece by O'Gara definitely is outside the norms of
good journalism. It's bullying, insulting and harassing, and I, for
one, really don't get the point of it. That's not to say that other
journalists are sometimes guilty of those sins, but that still doesn't make it
good journalism.

So I don't think you did the wrong thing in using you First Amendment
rights to call for O'Gara's ouster or reprimand or whatever. The SPJ Code of
Ethics says ethical journalists should "expose unethical practices of
journalists and the news media" and "abide by the same high standards to which
they hold others."

Fred Brown

Co-chair, SPJ Ethics Committee

In spite of this, I have received abuse from Sys-Con staffers accusing me of treason against the company. I've also been implied to be responsible for the DDoS attacks against Sys-Con. In light of this, you can expect further developments later in the weekend.

James

Addendum: Comments from Steve and Dee-Ann
Of course now they're going to claim again that they're being DoS'd, when its only people going for a look-see ...
linuxworld.com has encountered an error!
Oops an error has occurred. We apologise for any
inconvenience this may have caused.

A report of the fault has been sent to the administrators.

Check the URL in which you used to access this page;
there may be invalid characters

Return to linuxworld.com
Thank you

linuxworld.com
Yes indeedy, Linuxword has encountered an error - Maureen O'Gara aka the MoGTroll [slashdot.org] , along with Fucaali, killed them - oh the irony (and they say web servers have no sense of humour).

We are all hypocrites (1)

capt.Hij (318203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528841)

uhmmm... it seems that many of us here are quite eager committ the same sin and out people explicitly. I've prepared an equivalent statement below only using aliases to protect the people involved:

"Selma and Patty Simpson have resigned from their positions at the Springfield Linux Gazette. They sited differences between themselves and their boss, Mr. C.M. Burns. When Burns was asked about an article written by Side Show Bob which identified local nuicance Bart Simpson, Burns was quoted as saying, "Excellent." Ironically, Side Show Bob's article and the resulting attention has only served to promote Bart Simpson as an icon well beyond the confines of our dear Springfield."

Re:We are all hypocrites (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528943)

Wouldn't your paraphrase be more accurate if, instead of having Burns reply "Excellent", he went "Look - a flaming Wookie"? Look at the facts:
  1. The "apology" that wasn't
  2. The attempts by the editors behind the scenes (long before they took a public stand) to have something done about the MogTroll [slashdot.org] and her irresponsible "journalism"
So what were they (the editors) supposed to do? Bend over, stay silent, and continue being "enablers?" I don't think so.

And more... (4, Informative)

Arker (91948) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528748)

Dee-Ann Blanc [sys-con.com] has posted.

This letter has already been emailed to the people involved:

Dear Fuat and SYS-CON,

I am writing this letter to tender my resignation. I have worked hard on LinuxWorld Magazine since its inception, and really don't want to walk away from it as it continues to build up a good head of steam, but given recent events I just cannot continue to be associated with SYS-CON. The complete (and public) lack of understanding of why O'Gara's maelstrom article was wrong, among other things, suggests to me that my sense of ethics is simply too divergent from SYS-CONs and there will be further heated clashes in the future.

It goes on a bit, and of course the entry before it was interesting too. One thing - despite Turners announcement that the entire senior staff was going, it appears that he may have stepped out on a limb, as several of the other editors have not, at this time, announced their resignation. Just Turner and Blanc, so far. I'm hoping to see Walker, Winslow, and Taylor follow suit soon.

uhhh.... (2, Funny)

ellem (147712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528618)

what happened? I just got here and ... what happened?

Re:uhhh.... (5, Informative)

cranos (592602) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528642)

Long story short, well known anti-FOSS journalist posted article that was seriously devoid of journalistic ethics as well as attacking the maitainer of the Groklaw blog.

Editorial staff demanded article be withdrawn by the publishers other wise they would walk. Article was pulled as well as all other articles by original author.

Head of publishing company gives interview basically saying the only reason he pulled the articles was due to a threat of a DoS attack. Otherwise he sounds very much like he supports original author in her attack on Groklaws maintainer.

Senior Editors get pissed at latest example of publisher not getting concepts such as ethics or integrity and decide to show him what they mean.

It's a case of female jealousy. (1, Informative)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528791)


This is the offending article: Exclusive: Who Is 'PJ' Pamela Jones of Groklaw.Net? [Google Cache] [64.233.179.104]

Everything in the article is entirely irrelevant. The article appears to be a good example of the hostility women aim at each other when they are jealous. Pamela Jones of GrokLaw is a far more well-known writer than Maureen O'Gara.

Certainly the article should not have been published.

Good to see some people have integrity (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528623)

It is unfortunate that this had to happen but it is also unfortunate that many of the media owners seem to have lost their integrity.

I applaud the integrity of the LinuxWorld senior editorial staff and wish them the best. Hopefully they will be picked up by a publisher that does respect journalistic integrity and just plain human decency.

Re:Good to see some people have integrity (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529038)

I applaud the editors who quit, thier integrity will assist them wherever they go.

However, they should have never needed to quit. Editorial review is something that is normally done BEFORE an article is published. If Sys-con and its sister rags hadn't established channels allowing O'Gara to publish without editorial review, Sys-con wouldn't be in this situation.

Given that their jobs and their role in the company was made optional, I imagine that they were not having a good time whenever articles bypassed thier review.

Fuck those rapists (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528630)

I think I speak for everyone with an IQ above 42 when I say I'm glad that slashdotters are uniting to DoS the shit out of those assholes. They're lucky we don't shoot them right between their SCO-loving eyes. Fucking fascist scumbags.

Vive le GPL!!!

Mind your words please? (1)

nietsch (112711) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528994)

And I think I speak for everyone with an IQ above 90 (that leaves out Terri Schavo and maybe you) that that tone is not the way to do it right.
You are evil as wel if you stoop to their low level.
I can understand that you are upset, but that should be no reason to celebrate agression.

Fundamental problem with OS advocates... (4, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528631)

We regret that Sys-Con Media has been unable to apply a standard of journalistic ethics that we can comfortably operate under.

How do you expect companies to make obscene amounts of money with you holding on to your morals like this?

Good For them. (1)

Paris The Pirate (799954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528632)

It's good to see a news sources staff standing up for themselves against their corporate backers. Journalism is NOT about being selective because big brother says so.

Round of applause.

"Journalism" LOL LOL LOL. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528636)

Its a fucking website, not a serious scholarly work of investigative journalism. Having said that, even adequacy.org [adequacy.org] maintaned some level of journalistic integrity, so how hard can it be if that bunch of retards can do it!

I'll (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528637)

...con your sys!

award winning linux workstation (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528638)

Well duh, i remember a company i worked for around the time kernel 2.4 came out that had purchased an award from them for an 'award winning linux workstation' that didnt exist yet. my bosses came to me and said, here: design an award winning linux workstation we can sell quickly because the orders are already coming in. they even got a plaque to put on their wall and everything about their 'award winning linux workstation' which didnt exist yet. honestly i wonder how much of that crap went on.

Re:ok so who was it!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529143)

Don't keep us in suspence. We have to know!!

We showed them (3, Insightful)

datadriven (699893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528652)

... didn't we?

Is NOT having someone with our point of view in that position going to cause more problems than those that caused their resignations?

However, I applaud the editors for their integrity.

It means we can ignore syscon (2, Interesting)

Lifewish (724999) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528786)

We can just block the whole of sys-con's output from our computers without catching the apparently very nice people at LinuxWorld in the crossfire.

Re:It means we can ignore syscon (1)

datadriven (699893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528836)

Right, but my point was about all the PHBs that read sys-con publications. What's to say that the editorial positions will not be filled by Microsoft shills, or others who are not sympathetic to the FOSS cause.

Re:It means we can ignore syscon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529021)

Though the people with integrity weren't able to stop the problem, so it's as good for them to go before the shit sticks to them.

This is sufficient for me to get an account here. (3, Interesting)

Toon Moene (883988) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528660)

These people are so obnoxious (violating international law and codes of ethics among journalists), there's only one way out: They should be nixed.

Toon Moene (physicist at large).

Ex Linuxworld editiorial staff (5, Insightful)

backslashdot (95548) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528669)

These people who resigned because of their willingness to stand by their morals are welcome in my home any day.

If I owned a publishing house I would hire them immediately.

Re:Ex Linuxworld editiorial staff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529068)

I think FSM would be keen to hire more editors. But as very few people are supporting them (they still haven't broken even) - even though they have blown this whole issue wide open - they might not last long enough to pay anyone.

If you want ethical journalism about FS subscribe to FSM! They need the support and deserve it. Unlike any of the Sys-Con rags.

Re:Ex Linuxworld editiorial staff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529145)

If I owned a publishing house I would hire them immediately.

But you don't.

In a Linux magazine you can't say... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528681)

... anything negative about Pamela. That's obvious. Imagine advocating abortion in a catholic paper.

Re:In a Linux magazine you can't say... (5, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528721)

You need to do a little more research. Anyone can say anything negative about Pamela at any magazine. Publishing personal information for the sole purpose of inviting stalkers is not news or commentary, its predatory and unethical.

I don't always agree with Pamela's point of view, but I don't publish mom's address to invite harm to her.

Re:In a Linux magazine you can't say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528723)

sure you can. Use well thought out arguments and support them with data. MoG can do neither.

Funniest thing I've read all year! (1)

Bongoots (795869) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528686)

From TFA:

[I]f we thought there was anything wrong with this story factually, professionally, ethically, or legally speaking, we would not have run it in the first place. The reason why we decided to pull it was that when the content, style and the language of the story was perceived as offensive by a group of the readers, a denial-of-service attack was launched against our entire company, interfering with all of our publications and all of our readers. We don't want to be part of this debate, it can happen at websites that encourage it. But, I do apologize to people who were offended by it. I am not interested in offending our readers or in driving them away. I do wish that they had tried to work with me to find a solution before the fanatics out there launched DoS attacks for days even after we pulled the story. Our Web sites remained under constant attack from Monday through Wednesday, for three days. We lost thousands of dollars in revenues during the past three days. We are trying to recover from the biggest cyber attack in history any media company was ever subject to!

Slashdot needs to try harder!!

CLICK THIS LINK! [sys-con.com]

No information (-1, Troll)

NineNine (235196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528687)

There's virtually no information here, leaving me to think "who cares"? These whiny people already had one fellow writer fired this week, and taht wasn't good enough? I'm sure the ownership is glad to be rid of them. Besides, what journalistic integrity are they talking about? This is just some trashy trade rag that they're talking about. The articles are ads, just like Slashdot. If these idiots want a Pulitzer, they're going to have to find a real jounalism job, anyway.

and others will fill their places (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528695)


with whatever the management want eventually
you are forgetting the power of greed and a what a fat paycheque can do to sway opinion

there are hundreds of editor wannabes who need that ca$h right now and will do anything to get it

Re:and others will fill their places (4, Informative)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528744)

there are hundreds of editor wannabes who need that ca$h right now and will do anything to get it
Guess you haven't been following the story. The editors were doing it for free. The only ones who were benefitting were Fucaali and the Maureen O'Gara MogTroll [slashdot.org]

Re:and others will fill their places (1)

Darkenole (149792) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528890)

I agree. I'm sure that there are many graduates from the "CBS/Dan Rather School of Ethical Journalism" out there who will be willing to put time in with the "Devil".

Re:and others will fill their places (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528993)

My question is (since they obviously don't "geet it"), how quickly is SYS-CON going to bring back their pet MoGTroll [slashdot.org] ?

Maybe that can be the topic of a slashdot poll? I mean, wtf, even the average troll on slashdot has more integrity than the jerk-off running SYS-CON.

I guess its true - life IS like a septic tank, and the big chunks float to the top ...

Re:and others will fill their places (2, Insightful)

btarval (874919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528904)

"you are forgetting the power of greed and a what a fat paycheque can do to sway opinion"

So who exactly is going to be reading a clearly unethical publication? Let them try and replace the staff which left. I for one will be viewing what the former Editorial staff has to say, because I respect them. I won't waste my time with SYS-CON's stuff any more. And I know I'm not alone.

In order to have greed, there has to be cash. And it seems like SYS-CON has managed to drive a lot of cash flow away.

The total is now 3 (5, Informative)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528706)

Steve Suehring has also resigned [braingia.org] :

It is with some sadness that I've had to resign from LinuxWorld Magazine. Over the past nearly two years I've worked with a group of people with whom I've developed a great rapport and friendship. We were unpaid editors but we devoted a lot of time and energy to it nonetheless. It was a great experience for me and I look forward to other opportunities as they arise.

I may edit this post in the future and add more details.

unpaid editors? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528790)

Why go through the trauma of dealing with a duplicitous idiot like Fuat if you're not even getting paid? It's bad enough dealing with cretins like this when they're actually putting food on your table, but to do it for free?!?!

Glad to see you guys will be finding a more suitable outlet for your work. For what it's worth, I'm proud of you and hope to follow in your footsteps soon.

(posting anonymously because I DO get food on my table indirectly from SysCon)

way to stand up for your beliefs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529079)

"(posting anonymously because I DO get food on my table indirectly from SysCon)"

Boy, it takes bravery to post anonymously at /. and take a shot at an employer.

You're a midget compared to Turner and Dee-Anne.

Ten Ethical Principles (5, Interesting)

dark-br (473115) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528771)

If only more journalists follows principles like this we would have a better media:

1. Define a set of values
2. Tell the truth
3. Respect human dignity
4. Recognize the complexity of human nature
5. Be distrustful of unchecked power.
6. Foster a diversity of views
7. Challenge "group think."
8. Take time to listen and to think.
9. Encourage criticism and self-examination
10. Correct mistakes

Have a look at a brief description [collegepubs.com] of each of them.

Re:Ten Ethical Principles (1)

VON-MAN (621853) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528974)

Yes, and notice how "balanced reporting" is NOT one of those principles. And principle 6 number does NOT even resemble balanced reporting.

Re:Ten Ethical Principles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529033)

LOL! That is not a criteria for *good* media, that is a criteria for leftist activist media.

If I am looking for enlightenment, I sure as hell won't be getting it from a journalism major.

Save your judgement for your spouse or drinking buddies. Just give me the facts.

Re:Ten Ethical Principles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529091)

11. Expect your profits to go down with less exaggerated sensationalism to pull in the masses.

What the hell is LinuxWorld? (3, Interesting)

putaro (235078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528773)

I respect the folks who resigned. I read Fuat's interview and just couldn't believe that anyone who is involved in any form of journalism just couldn't get what was wrong with O'Gara's article.
But what the hell *is* LinuxWorld? All the folks who resigned were apparently unpaid?? Does anyone besides Fuat make any money for their work? Why would anyone give their time for free to such a tool? I've never really looked at the site prior to this flamefest so I don't have a good feeling for what the heck it is. Was it a useful interesting magazine? If so, why wouldn't they pay their people?

Re:What the hell is LinuxWorld? (3, Informative)

jfruhlinger (470035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529101)

LinuxWorld *used* to be a Web magazine put out by an arm of IDG. I worked for that group in the late 90s-early 00s as a copy editor when it put out JavaWorld (still around), SunWorld (which became UnixInsider and then went away) and WindowsTechEdge (which flopped). It was then run by Nick Petreley, if that name means anything to you.

The San Francisco-based group was merged by our parent company into a division called "ITworld," the main site for which still exists. But then came the dot-com crash and all the west coast sites were eliminated ('cept JavaWorld). LinuxWorld was taken over briefly by IDG.net, but eventually was sold to Sys-Con. Don't know much of what happened after that...

Free Software Terrorists... DoS attacks. (0, Troll)

anon mouse-cow-aard (443646) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528774)

Folks, DoS attacks are wrong. It's the cyber equivalent of burning a newspaper down. It gives the people (even if they are in the wrong) a victim status, plenty of sympathy from those who don't know about the issues, and shifts to debate to a place where you can't win. A DoS attack cannot be morally supported. If there is hate speech, or a breach of moral codes, then the way to address it is as the linuxworld editors have done, by resignation, or by legal means. IOW, you answer speech with more speech and lawful action.

Hacking is the cyber equivalent of physical war. Anonymous DoS attacks are cyber-terrorism. Someone says something you don't like, so you burn down their business. FOSS people need to help victims identify their attackers and assist, by any reasonable means available, the identification and prosecution of those responsible. Any other action just allows others to tar us all with the same brush.

In terms of debate, and the view of independant third parties, you are just handing sympathy and support to the other side. Stop it.

Yes, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528843)

did you consider it probably was no real DoS attack, but just a case of major slashdotting? It caused much stir, and everyone wanted to check the offending article himself. Not every time a server goes down it is caused by DDoS...

Re:Free Software Terrorists... DoS attacks. (2, Insightful)

ninthwave (150430) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528854)

That is the funny part there was no DoS. There was the slashdot effect. And what is so Ironic is some people have theorised they used the MOG articles to generate page hits because the controversy attracted hits. They just attracted more hits than they could handle with that article. And they are too clueless to realise this.

I love this world it can be so funny if it wants.

Clueless IT rags just need to fade away.

Re:Free Software Terrorists... DoS attacks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528971)

Folks, DoS attacks are wrong.

Excuse me? Do you know where you're posting? Why on Earth are you assuming the alleged DoS attacks came from readers of this site?

Stop it.

Fuck you.

Re:Free Software Terrorists... DoS attacks. (1)

Xyrus (755017) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528988)

I believe what they were referring to as a DoS attack was nothing more than the /. effect. The first time, anyway.

~X~

Re:Free Software Terrorists... DoS attacks. (1)

VON-MAN (621853) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529016)

Who are you addressing? /.-ers don't DoS sites, they do, however, overwhelm sites by sheer number. It's called the slashdot effect, you might have heard of it...

The parent is a troll (3, Insightful)

pieterh (196118) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529067)

1. "Free software terrorists"? You are calling people who write free software "terrorists" because a site got slashdotted?

2. "Stop it"? Where the heck do you get off patronising the readers of this site in this way?

If you wrote your comment seriously then you are both misled (there was no DDoS attack) and silly (using terms like "terrorist").

If you wrote your comment to astro-turf then you should be aware that the readers of this site, while often petty, react rather sharply to people who try to influence them.

And you just made my foe's list. Congratulations.

Re:The parent is a troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529172)

there was no DDoS attack)

And how exactly do you know this? No offense, but there are ways to ascertain whether you're undergoing a DDoS attack, and you're some asshat sitting hundreds of miles away from the Sys-con servers.

Admiration... (3, Insightful)

SiChemist (575005) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528775)

James Turner, Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Steve Suehring, I just wanted to express my sincere admiration for your fine example of journalistic integrity.

I want you to know that whatever publication snaps you up, I'm buying a subscription (or subscriptions)!

Re:Admiration... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529119)

Cut the sycophantic crap. These people are not journalists, they're "editors" in the vein of CmdrTaco and michael.

Their "jobs" consisted of refreshing a webpage, pressing some buttons, and clicking "Ok."

I hate to trivialize their work, but it's not exactly pulitzer material.

The Proper Way to Respond to such things (4, Insightful)

ZPO (465615) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528817)

I find it highly ironic that a company such as Sys-con denigrates blogs as "not real journalism" while posting a link to start a blog on their home page.

The proper way to respond is to vote with your dollars.

1 - If you currently subscribe to a Sys-Con publication, cancel the subscription. Don't do this via email or a web form. Do it via a published toll-free number (this drives their telco costs)

2 - Check the advertisers list. If you've got a receipt for a purchase from a competitor laying around, send the advertising department of the Sys-con advertiser a POLITE and business-like letter. In that letter state that the broad facts of the case and that due to their continued support of Sys-con you've decided to make your purchases elsewhere.

Avoid the temptation to threaten fire brimstone, retribution, or DoS attacks. Such tactics are not in the best interests of anyone concerned. The LW senior editorial staff left via the moral high-road. Please ensure that any community reaction joins them there.

LInuxworld doesn't like Konqueror (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528822)

I don't know if others already noticed this, but I only just now figured it out. The link to the blog entry came up as a blank page to me. When I tried to view the source, there actually was none: the web server had sent no data. At first I just blew it off as a network gliltch and went to reading peoples comments. But then I wondered "what if I change my user agent string?" I told Konqueror to identify itself as MSIE 6.0 and - hey presto - the page loaded!

A website called "linuxworld.com" is coded to refuse to serve pages to a Linux specific web browser. If anyone needs yet another reason to ignore linuxworld, there it is.

Nope, It's Just the Slashdot Effect (1)

Prototerm (762512) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528964)

I had the same trouble this morning with Firefox. Refreshed a couple of times, and the links worked. Even IE6 didn't work at first. Double trouble here, since Groklaw also is linking to the Sys-Con site. Digg.com will probably be next to hammer them.

Re:LInuxworld doesn't like Konqueror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528989)

Well... no sacrifice on my side. I ignored them before (or better to say I was ignorant of it) and will continue to do so. No value in there. Really.

Re:LInuxworld doesn't like Konqueror (1)

VON-MAN (621853) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529061)

No, i tried some other identification profiles and they all worked (some borked the site to a minor degree). It's probably just that the java scripting in the sites does not recognize the "Konqueror" string.

To bad LinuxWorld doesnt get it... (1)

WillRobinson (159226) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528852)


Instead of viewers going to see whats happening and declaring a /.ing a DOS attack, they could have held up some some integrity, and they would be saying BUY MORE SERVER'S NOW! and jumping with joy over the exposure.

Do we care? (2, Insightful)

bavodr (105334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528861)

Do we really care about all this? If there is an online magazine that wastes time with these childish fights and childish actions, I am only happy they made it easy for me, easy to judge that anything these guys write or say is not worth reading or listening to.

There is a large amount of sites on the internet that do have integrity and where the persons involved have enough maturity to write about Linux, about open source and about technology without bothering with sys-con like stupidity.

I salute the Editorial Staff (2, Insightful)

btarval (874919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528865)

After those statements by Kirccali yesterday, I was seriously wondering how anyone with any credibiity whatsoever could still be associated with SYS-CON. Which was hard, because there are some good folks there; and it was really sad to see this spill over and tarnish their reputations.

All I can say now is that I salute those who have resigned. There are some things more important than money, and one of them is being able to look yourself in the mirror each morning, squarely in the eye.

It is so refreshing to see that there are people with integrity around, especially with all the sleezy CEO's who seem to get so much press.

I don't know where the Senior Editors are going now. But whereever it is, I want to know so that I can start reading their publications.

Just looking at there page... (1)

drxenos (573895) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528891)

I don't read LinuxWorld, but was just at their site. There were no less than three frontpage ads for MS Windows, and the article "Microsoft Windows costs less and outperforms Linux." Now, unlike a lot Slashdots, I'm not an MS-basher (though it can be hard sometimes!), but I would assume if I want to a Linux news site, I would see them activity pushing Windows.

Re:Just looking at there page... (3, Informative)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529050)

Microsoft has For a while now, Microsoft has been taking out a large number of ads in venues where people follow Linux. You'll see a lot of them on Slashdot, for instance. I even get them in my Linux Magazine and Linux Journal subscriptions.

It's targeted advertisement.

Men of principle.... (1)

Proudrooster (580120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528900)

It's still good to see there are men of principle around. Even though it may cost them in the short-term, they did the right thing and can lie down with a clear conscience at night.

The Downfall of GameFAQs.com, by CyricZ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12528922)

The Downfall of GameFAQs.com
by CyricZ, GameFAQs.com Forum Moderator

On November 5th, 1995, Jeff "CJayC" Veasey started what would eventually become GameFAQs.com. The site grew quickly, and in November of 1999 the message boards were added. They soon overtook the rest of the site, becoming one of the most popular venues for children and adults to post at. I was quickly selected to be a moderator.

GameFAQs IRC server went public on June 21, 1999. But a couple of years later it was gone, due to administrator abuse. Wroth was known as a tyrant to freedom, continually pushing for limited speech and running a strict dictatorship over the various IRC channels.

Freedom-loving individuals such as Wise Old Gamer, Vegeth and Dettronen Spy spoke up against such abuses. They were quickly struck down, banned from the channels and subjected to a life of horror on the GameFAQs.com message boards. Eventually this tragedy became too great, and like all tyrants in the past, fell with a mighty thud. The GameFAQs.com IRC server was eliminiated.

Things would only get worse during the summer of 2001. There were major battles between the Final Fantasy VII and Star Ocean: the Second Story message boards. Users were banned for simply opining about their favorite game. Never before had such tyrannical and hateful action been seen at an online message board. The moderators were completely restricting the freedom of the users. The users were nothing but eyes meant to look at the advertisements, to generate revenue. They were no longer humans, but merely tools of the site.

It saddens me to have been a part of the horrid and hellish moderating that happened during those awful periods. I wish to repent for the contempt I showed to freedom and liberty. I apologize to all those users who I deprived of their basic rights. I am sorry.

Hurrah for journalistic integrity (3, Insightful)

Almost-Retired (637760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528935)

Let me join the throngs congratulating you on your choice to distance yourselves from SYS-CON.

I read that interview last night, and came away very disappointed. This guy is so in love with the word media that the meaning of the word journalism simply is not grokked in his vocabulary. I even added to the blog entries there indicating that I still felt he owed PJ a very public apology.

But I fear 2 other things now. first, that he will find other people to fill the vacancies, and two, they will not be so dedicated to the truth.

I was even picking it up from the newstand occasionally, when I hit one in my travels that carried it, but that will be no more.

--
Cheers, Gene

Maybe not really a DDoS attack (1)

imroy (755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12528992)

I bet they're not really suffering a DDoS attack. With the news that the editors were removing MOG's articles from the site, I'm sure many are trying to get copies as some sort of "evidence". I know a few people on Groklaw were trying to do so. Maybe some are even just spidering the whole site(s). Add to that all the normal page views of people checking out the controversial article (regular slashdot effect), and you have some serious load on the server(s).

Down the rabbit hole... (2, Insightful)

bhima (46039) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529025)

Or More specifically my take on the goings on.

I think this whole situation has been brewing for quite some time because honestly why would MOG care at all about some blogger? I think this began when SCO sued IBM et. all in an attempt to stop the fall in their stock price and in an apparently vain attempt to get IBM to buy SCO's IP for a vastly inflated price. However the free software community in general and Groklaw specifically did something that has never been done before: They exposed the inconsistencies between SCO"s public statements, like the "I have the offending code in my Briefcase" comment the German VP came up with, They exposed the money trail (and hence motives) between Microsoft, Baystar and SCO. So the plan that the SCO upper management had (become Microsoft's Anti-Linux temporary shrill, while cashing out on an obviously failing stock) was essentially foiled. All the paid "journalists" in the world couldn't prevent the truth from keeping SCO's stock where it belonged, in the barrel. So all these folks that thought they'd cash out did not. No wonder Groklaw has garnered considerable animosity!

I'd like to see just where Sys-con gets their advertising dollars from. Because I have to believe there is a money trail straight from those who benefit from either an artificially high SCO stock price or uncertainty in the Linux marketplace to those 'journalists' who peddle this cheap FUD.

So in summary I think we owe all of these folks a little bit of our time and we should do what we do best. Contact advertisers and tell them what's going on, and why we tell dozens of people a day not to buy their products. To me contacting government officials has been demonstrated to be useless and unmitigated harassment of advertisers shows to yield the best results

Speaking of journalistic standards (-1, Troll)

porkchop_d_clown (39923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529048)

Would it be too much to ask that someone exactly explain what the controversy was that drove them to resign?

For example:

1. What's the connection between sys-con and linuxworld?
2. why do we care what the editors of linuxworld do?

Oh, and here's a good one: Why is the webmaster of groklaw entitled to more privacy than, say, Jeff Gannon, the Runaway Bride, Robert Bork, the Runaway Bride, Gary Hart, or Linda Tripp?

Re:Speaking of journalistic standards (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12529157)

Jeff Gannon
Robert Bork
Gary Hart
Linda Tripp

Not being an North American i didn't really know these people, but they did ring a bell. So, i googled a bit. And boy! This is some list of people. A God-crazy rightwing nutjob judge, a nutjob "journalist" with "various" contacts, another nut, and finally, well, a malicious backstabbing crazy woman.

That leaves me one question: who the hell are you? Some combination of the above, maybe?

slashdot has no ethics either (0, Flamebait)

hildi (868839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12529168)

Preamble
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.

The duty of slashdot is to beat down microsoft and inflame flamewars so they can get more ad revenue

Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.

Seek Truth and Report It

Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Journalists should:

Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error.

- slashdot frequently publishes inaccurate information

Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

--slashdot has no deliberation therefore this is impossible

---Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.

lol

---Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources' reliability.

but your senior editors are all known by false handles

---Always question sources' motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information.

your sources dont matter

Keep promises. Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent.

---lol

(etc etc , do your own work people, easy as pie)
They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
Never distort the content of news photos or video. Image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible. Label montages and photo illustrations.
Avoid misleading re-enactments or staged news events. If re-enactment is necessary to tell a story, label it.
Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story
Never plagiarize.
Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public's business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.

Minimize Harm

Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Journalists should:

Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone's privacy.
Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
Balance a criminal suspect's fair trial rights with the public's right to be informed.

Act Independently

Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know.

Journalists should:

Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Be Accountable

Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

Journalists should:

Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of
writers, editors and other news professionals. The present version of
the code was adopted by the 1996 SPJ National Convention, after months
of study and debate among the Society's members.

Sigma Delta Chi's first Code of Ethics was borrowed from the
American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1926. In 1973, Sigma Delta Chi
wrote its own code, which was revised in 1984, 1987 and 1996.

http://www.spj.org/ethics_code.asp [spj.org]

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