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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21660.

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Transcript ournalism Issues Uses, abuses of freedoms The information explosion that opens the next decade presents today's journalists and those entering the field with serious ethical and moral considerations, according to industry professionals who participated in the Society of Professional Journalists 1989 convention. Nearly 1,000 journalists and university students attended the convention, which was held October 19- 22 in Houston. Panelists of one discussion group warned journalists that the business demands for profit maximization are threatening to destroy the ethical foundations of journalism. Michael Josephson, moderator of "Ethics and the Changing Business of Newspapers," said that journalism's "protected and revered status" as the public's teacher, conscience and watchdog will be a thing of the past if journalists do not stick to ethics. "The issue is how to do the right thing and flourish," he said. Josephson, of the Josephson Institute for the Advancement of Ethics, said the "businessification" of journalism is affecting the ethics of the field. "The theory was If you do good business, growth will follow/ but soon it became 'good business is good ethics/" he said. Because of a trend toward media management by objective, Josephson said most company objectives are not aimed at increasing the integrity of a firm. "Most (companies) are more concerned with numbers and percentages — things like circulation." Another convention panel dis cussed recent court cases involving abuse of confidential news sources. Comments centered on the Kendall Truitt and Dan Cohen cases. Truitt, a gunner's mate on the USS Iowa, was blamed by the government but never charged in the explosion that killed 47 servicemen aboard his ship, Cohen is a plaintiff in a breech-of- contract suit against the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He claims he was identified in a story, after a reporter promised confidentiality. Panelists agreed that competition was the prime reason for mistakes in the Truitt case — a case that produced publication of defamatory remarks, which were leaked to the press by U.S. Navy sources. "Competition has done much to bring about irresponsible journalism," Theodore Glasser, associate professor of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, said. In another panel, Truitt told con- ventioners that he was wrongfully accused of being a homosexual and a murderer. Truitt's attorney, Ellis Rubin, said his client will file libel suits against the first news agencies to publicly announce the unat- tributed leaks, Harry Rosenfeld, editor of the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union called the Truitt case a "scandal." "Mr. Truitt can sue the pants off us," he said. In the Cohen case, Cohen provided information about a political candidate's arrest record, after stipulating that the reporter keep his identity confidential. However, an editor's decision to identify the reporter's source allowed Cohen to file a breech-of-contract suit. Cohen was later awarded compensatory and punitive damages. The suit has since been appealed. Glasser said the Cohen case has negatively affected the professional relationships of reporters and produced "an arrogant argument on the part of the press that contract law should not apply under the first amendment/' "Naming Cohen (as a source) was not the best thing to do," Glasser said. Wayne Dolcefino, a reporter fo Houston's KTRK-TV, was also critical of the editor in the Cohen case. "If an editor changes my stor they're going to have to find somebody else to run their dog-and-pony show," he said. "When I tell somebody I'm not going to burn them, I'm not going to burn them." Rosenfeld and Mike Finney, managing editor of Denver's Rocky Mountain News, proposed possible solutions to the problem of news source abuses. Rosenfeld urged reporters not to "make agreements by which you are honor bound, but if you do, don't tell your editor. Finney said newspapers should establish clear-cut policies in regard to confidential sources. Ted Stanton, head of the University of Houston journalism program, said a court case in Brownsville, Texas could create future problems for journalists. He said the case involves an official, who charges a newspaper violated truth-in-packaging laws by printing a story he claims is false. -Ed Huber DE IssuesI pc 63