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Here’s an excellent exploration of the ethical dilemmas face by documentary film makers:

We wanted to share an exciting article in the New York Times this weekend that featured our recent report Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work. Our report premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in conjunction with Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story. The NYT article highlights Michael Moores film and uses our report to introduce the need for more conversations on ethics into the documentary film making community.

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Amazing New Media student at OSU gets an amazing opportunity!! Read it and weep, which is what I did. Yeah Taryn!!!


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OSU Student Selected for New York Times Institute

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University student Taryn Luna is one of 20 students nationwide to be selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute for members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Miami in January.

Luna was selected to attend the 10-day program at Florida International University beginning this Jan. 2. Students were competitively selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times from among a pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists who applied from around the country. More than 40 different colleges and universities were represented among the applicants.

Students are selected based on an essay of up to 500 words, clips or portfolios of their work, and their experience in journalism. Graduates of the Institute have interned at or now work at some of the most prestigious news organizations in the United States, including The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe and, of course, The New York Times itself, along with many other newspapers and news organizations.

Luna was recommended by OSU New Media Communications faculty member Pam Cytrynbaum. Luna, from Dixon, Calif., is a junior majoring in New Media Communications.

“Taryn is exactly the kind of student who will thrive in the Times’ program,” Cytrynbaum said. “It is especially an honor for her to be selected because she isn’t coming from a traditional journalism program, but from our New Media program.”

Students at the institute work with veteran journalists from The Times, The Boston Globe and the Times Company’s regional newspapers in a newsroom environment. Participating students have covered presidential speeches and campaign events, the funeral of a famous mob leader, issues such as immigration, and dozens of other stories.

In keeping with her New Media Communications student status, Luna has written online about her experience of being chosen and will comment via her blog from Miami.

“I honestly didn’t think this kind of opportunity would be possible,” Luna said. “The experience of working one-on-one with a professional in the journalism field is what I’m most excited for. I’m hoping this opportunity will show me what aspects of my writing need to improve in order for me to reach the professional level.”

For more information on New Media Communications, go to:

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college’s research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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Dear Public Editor of The New York Times:

In reference to the Nov. 28 story by Steve Barnes, “Suspect Arrested in Fatal Beating of Little Rock TV Anchor”….

Mr. Barnes wrote — or an editor inserted — this paragraph:

“The victim lived in a rented cottage-style house in the affluent Pulaski Heights neighborhood, the Country Club of Little Rock only three blocks from her front door. The poor section of the city where Mr. Vance was apprehended exudes a sense of menace, with crimes against people and property as common on its streets as they were essentially unheard of along the lanes that surround Ms. Pressly’s former address.”

Really? Is this really in The New York Times, with President-elect Obama just a few pages away?
I’ve never been to the poor section of that city, but I have been a reporter walking into neighborhoods where upper-class reporters could feel “menaced,” and I can promise you that if you get out of your Prius, take the time to knock on those doors, talk TO those people before you write ABOUT them without meeting them, you will find a majority of law-abiding, church-going, decent-to-the-bones human beings who feel far more menaced by poverty and systemic oppression and the minority of thugs in their neighbhorhood than any white reporter (including myself.) How many cliches can I fit in here to make this point that is, itself, a cliche?
Do I even have to write this?? I mean, have you been to Hyde Park where the Obamas live? Lotta “menace” within a mile or two.
What does that even mean? “This reporter was scared? If this reporter lived here he’d feel menaced. I’m white and rich, they’re black and poor, I feel uncomfortable and unnerved. That must mean they’re menacing. …..”

I know he tried to make it accurate by adding that crimes against property and people are rampant…but we are all sophisticated enough to know that those books are cooked. What the police go after and where they focus their attention and whom they focus their neighborhood round ups on are not the only neighborhoods where crimes are being committed. Where I went high school, rich and poor kids used drugs. The poor kids went to jail. The rich ones went to rehab. Same drugs.

And not to rely too much on the facts, but within those gorgeous, wealthy neighborhoods like the one the victim lived in, there live men who rape and pillage, who shoot and snort drugs, who beat or molest their loved ones mercilessly, who make gazillions of dollars driving companies into the ground and cause financial, emotional and physical devastation to tens of thousands of working class and elderly Americans by stealing their pensions and cutting off their health care…and these people in these affluent neighborhoods ARE THE REAL MENACE!!!!
Mr. Barnes reports that “the Country Club of Little Rock is only three blocks from her front door.” What is that code for? What is that supposed to mean to us?

I’m offended as a reader; I’m offended as a former metro newspaper reporter.
I am outraged as somebody who reports on cases of innocent people imprisoned. I have no idea if the African-American man pictured next to the beautiful, white, blonde female victim is guilty or innocent. I know an unspeakable crime has been committed and the right murderer must be caught. What I also know is that despite the fact that the police are not revealing any motive or evidence (which they usually leak all over the place by now), this guy is going to be found guilty and get the death penalty. Now those of us have more than enough work trying to get innocent people of color off death row for cases of white victims. We don’t need another one where the cops are whipped up by the family and public and press to catch somebody — anybody (black) — to close the damn case.

In 10 or 12 or 22 years I don’t want to be working on the case of Mr. Curtis L. Vance, the African-American man police accuse of this awful crime. I want them to catch the real guy, who, statisically, is probably white, and is probably somebody she has known and/or loved. Now there’s a menace.

Pamela Cytrynbaum
Oregon State University

So what are the rules now?

Can you interview somebody without them knowing it? What if you are a reporter and they are a public figure? What if you are a reporter and they are a non-public citizen? What if you are a citizen-reporter and they are a public figure?

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Published: June 8, 2008
A 61-year-old woman elbows her 5-foot-2-inch frame to the front of the crowd mobbing Bill Clinton after a campaign event in South Dakota. As Mr. Clinton shakes her hand and holds it tight, she deftly draws him into a response to an article on the Vanity Fair Web site that examines his post-presidential life. “Sleazy” and “slimy” are among the words that issue from the former president’s mouth. Within hours, audio of the three-minute exchange — including the woman’s description of the article as a “hatchet job,” and Mr. Clinton’s description of Todd Purdum, the author and a former reporter for The New York Times, as “dishonest” — is available for the world to hear on the Huffington Post Web site.
Nora Krug


Which might have caught Mr. Clinton by surprise.