Eric Newton, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, argues it is important to listen to the critics of the proposed American journalist shield law. He notes there has been a hasty acceptance of the value of the law without a rigorous, journalism-like scrutiny of its implications. While he accepts that organizational support for the concept is valuable (in-fighting has killed other measures), he thinks the country needs a better debate before proceeding.
Rem Rieder, the media columnist for USA Today, picks up on the suggestion by Pardon The Interruption sports host Tony Kornheiser: TV news should have fact-checkers and be prepared to admit mistakes on the spot. Mistakes are built into the business, but correcting them quickly and clearly mitigates any"It's the right move," Rieder writes.
Mathew Ingram, writing for paidContent, reports on the digital innovations at the Washington Post and Boston Globe as good examples of how newspapers can respond to seismic change. Rather than wallow in complaints that Google is stealing their content, they've introduced tools to help readers consume. Since no one really knows what the digital future will be like, Ingram says, experimentation is good practice.