Hey, Ira, why don’t you come check out the American Life in MY PANTS.
In the 1960s, Lynn Povich worked at Newsweek — where she became part of a revolution.
“At Newsweek, women were hired on the mail desk to deliver mail, then to clip newspapers, and, if they were lucky, became researchers or fact checkers,” Povich tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, whom she knows personally. “All of the writers and reporters were men, and everyone accepted it as that was the way the world was — until we didn’t.”
Povich’s new book, The Good Girls Revolt, tells the story of how the women sued their bosses and changed the workplace. The first spark that set off the rebellion was in 1969 — five years after the Civil Rights Act made gender discrimination illegal.
For the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good.
“… The debate over anonymous comments has been building in newsrooms for a decade. Old-school journalists argue the optimistic predictions of Internet comment boards brimming with the wisdom of the crowd haven’t panned out. Instead, they say, news organizations tarnish their reputations by hosting comments that are often snarky and factually inaccurate … “
How far should newspapers go to defend—if at all—the identity of an anonymous commenter? READ
With these words, NPR commits itself as an organization to avoid the worst excesses of “he said, she said” journalism. It says to itself that a report characterized by false balance is a false report. It introduces a new and potentially powerful concept of fairness: being “fair to the truth,” which as we know is not always evenly distributed among the sides in a public dispute.
Maintaining the “appearance of balance” isn’t good enough, NPR says. “If the balance of evidence in a matter of controversy weighs heavily on one side…” we have to say so. When we are spun, we don’t just report it. “We tell our audience…” This is spin!
shortformblog: Rosen took a particular liking to lines like these: “Our goal is not to please those whom we report on or to produce stories that create the appearance of balance, but to seek the truth.” Read NPR’s ethics guidelines and consider it for yourself.