Archive: Dec 1999

1970: The Quest for Objectivity

By Objectivity December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the December 1970 issue of Nieman Reports.] …Those who would improve our practices in questionable ways come not only from the outside in the form of powerful politicians. Some come from the inside. Militant young … Read more

1971: White Newsmen and Black Critics

By Objectivity December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the September 1971 issue of Nieman Reports.] Can white reporters accurately report events that involve blacks and other minority groups? This question—and the related topic of whether reporting can or should be “objective”— was … Read more

1999: When Reporters are Shut Out By Sources

Sources December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of Nieman Reports.] What happens when reporters are shut out by sources whom they believe are necessary to report a story? Several journalists at the Watchdog Conference argued that reporters often … Read more

1999: Reporters’ Relationships With Sources

Sources December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of Nieman Reports.] No topic consumed as much of the conversation at the Watchdog Journalism Conference [May 15, 1999 at Harvard University] as that of reporters’ relationships with sources. How are … Read more