February 1, 2011 |
January 2011 INTRODUCTION The goal of the Los Angeles Times Media Group is to publish news and information of the highest quality. This requires our newsrooms, across our entire portfolio of editorial products, to be, above all else, a principled news organization. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists at The Times must keep themselves -- and the organization -- above reproach. The ways a news organization can discredit itself are beyond calculation; these guidelines do not purport to cover them all. It is up to staff members to master these general principles and, beyond that, to listen carefully to their individual sense of right and wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2005 |
The divisions are still there, 40 years later. To many, the events that began in Watts on Aug. 11, 1965, remain a riot, pure and simple - a social breakdown into mob rule and criminality. To others, they were a revolt, a rebellion, an uprising - a violent but justified leap into a future of black self-empowerment. To mark the 40th anniversary of the riots, The Times asked nine people, all of whom witnessed the events firsthand, to recount their memories of six days that changed their lives and the course of the city.
June 14, 2006 |
Injured ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff made his first visit back to the newsroom Tuesday since he was wounded in a roadside explosion in Iraq in January, drawing a round of applause from the emotional staff in New York. Woodruff, who suffered shrapnel wounds to his head and a broken shoulder, among other injuries, has largely healed, but is now immersed in intensive cognitive rehabilitation. His visit marked the first time many of his ABC colleagues had seen him since the attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1988 |
By the nature of our jobs and, I suspect, our personalities, reporters are spectators rather than participants--voyeurs, so to speak. But one setting where our roles are reversed is our own newsroom at The Times. There we are exposed in our natural habitat for visitors to photograph and study. A tour guide once made a sweeping motion toward the Metro preserve and warned a group of visitors: "And this is where they keep the reporters."
December 13, 2003 |
The late Murray Kempton once described editorial writers as "the people who come down from the hills after the battle to shoot the wounded." Had Kempton lived to suffer through American journalism's current age of anxiety, he might have reserved that description for the media critics who seem to proliferate like one of those exotic species with no natural enemies to hold it in check -- say, zebra mussels. But in our system, unfortunately, irrelevance is no guarantee of silence.
June 13, 1988 |
In the wake of the firing of KCST-TV (Channel 39) news director Ron Miller earlier this month, the station eliminated the jobs of two newsroom veterans last week, heightening the feeling of unsettlement that has plagued the news staff for the past year. Associate producers Mark Heaslet and Barbara Schwartz, both longtime Channel 39 staffers, were told Thursday that their positions had been "dissolved."
June 1, 1985 |
The new management team at KCBS-TV Channel 2, in an apparent attempt to improve the station's sagging news ratings, is overhauling its newsroom roster and is set to hire former KNBC Channel 4 anchor Tritia Toyota. The changes, according to one KCBS employee who asked to remain anonymous, are in keeping with what the source termed the station's desire to feature "rock 'n' roll news."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1988 |
Years ago, an editor whose opinion I respect told me that I could be sure I was doing something right if what I wrote managed to anger everybody involved in the story. That, he said, meant that I was not taking sides and that the truth tended to hurt even the righteous. Although my editor was exaggerating a bit, those loaded words have hung with me and, over time, have boiled down to the maxim that objectivity may be one of the most subjective elements of a news story.
July 28, 2012
Re "News done wrong," Opinion, July 24 Jonah Goldberg was correct to excoriate ABC News reporter Brian Ross for making an inflammatory speculation that alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes could be connected to the "tea party" (he isn't). Ross is guilty of fanning viewer hysteria. However, in Goldberg's attempt to drag HBO's"The Newsroom"into his wide net, he is guilty of the same mistake as Ross. The entire premise of "The Newsroom" is that the fictional news show shuns speculation.