Does the dean of Medill fabricate quotes?

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12 Responses to Does the dean of Medill fabricate quotes?

  1. jeremy says:

    Can you point me to a good source about why anonymous sources in journalism are a bad idea? I ask because there are ostensibly issues in sociological ethnography, but there is STRONG resistance from some people there against the idea that everybody should always be pseudonymous, including instances in which the identity behind the pseudonym is obvious (in the case of cities, firms) and using a fake name just seems to serve some strange ethical theater.

  2. foodgirl says:

    I’d like to see this good source, too. At many of the events where I do my fieldwork, I am often alongside one or more journalists, all of us holding notepads and recorders, asking similar questions. One of their questions, though, gets to be “could you spell your name for me?” while I look around in my bag for IRB consent forms….

  3. dspett says:

    http://journalism.nyu.edu/ethics/handbook/human-sources/

    Look in particular at paragraphs 11 and 12. Absurdly, only tiny bits of this stuff are part of Medill’s curriculum pre-senior year.

  4. laurabethnielsen says:

    good lord, david — are you trying to get ME fired?!?!?!?! Just kidding. but not totally — crikey! These are politics I am not familiar with but you are brave to say what you think. THis led to an interesing discussion on scatterplot about sources in social science. it is interesting to think about comparisons.

  5. laurabethnielsen says:

    look in our blogroll — it is sociology profs and, the inspiration for me starting this blog. I was having fun over there, but I wanted more law (I just can’t get enough!!) and I wanted undergrads — over there it is more sociology insider (grad students and faculty members). we get lots of clicks from them —

  6. dspett says:

    Thanks LB. And re: getting you fired, of course not.

  7. laurabethnielsen says:

    cross your fingers that soon they won’t be able to fire me — the tenure case continues to go along. All my anxieties about that process would have to be a blog of its own.

  8. that’s awesome–national coverage and over 35 comments already on the trib’s article. how much of a stir is this really generating on campus?

  9. laurabethnielsen says:

    Oh, I am repeating FG, but look — here is the trib coverae:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-northwestern-dean_14feb14,0,7274825.story

    wowee.

  10. […] Newsflash! Our very own dspett will be on WTTW (channel 11 in Chicago) at 7 pm tonight for the story he broke in the NU newspaper and right here on controlling authority!! […]

  11. dspett says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your support and kindness 🙂 It’s meant a lot.

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