Kirk Cheyfitz

Kirk Cheyfitz

I've founded and run numerous traditional and digital companies in journalism, publishing, marketing and advertising. My experience includes rock 'n' roll music (studio work, film scoring, touring), photography and film (photo essays, feature film work for 20th Century Fox, Europe and documentaries), newspaper reporter (Pulitzer Prize finalist at The Detroit Free Press a long time ago), magazine writer (National Magazine Award finalist), publishing entrepreneur engaged in operations and mergers & acquisitions work in newspapers and magazines, running an international ad agency and working on experimental approaches to sustainable local news.

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Ethics in Political Journalism

I responded to John Lynch: Some of the arguments surfacing in this discussion—particularly your last question here, John—...

John Lynch

This conversation is interesting. There are three points I'd like to chime in about. 1- Nancy's point about transparency is spot on; if an article was vetted by the subject(s) before publication for purposes of quote... Continue reading

Ethics in Political Journalism

I responded to Jill Miller Zimon: Jill, start a blog. (Seriously. It would be god for your community and for your community paper...

Jill Miller Zimon

I can't help but chime in to say, as a local elected who has been misquoted by local media, yes, I send corrections and the journalists have apologized and submit and have corrections published. And, I'm glad to say I'm... Continue reading

Ethics in Political Journalism

I responded to Nancy Reeves: Nancy, I certainly agree that "it needs to be right the first time." But I see that as a problem...

Nancy Reeves

Kirk, One of the challenges I have with correcting factual errors in quotes (or, as John suggests below things taken out of context) after the fact is that, even in print journalism, the corrections do not have the same... Continue reading

Ethics in Political Journalism

I responded to Dan Moulthrop: Dan, it's been a long time since I did any reporting from DC and I feel terribly out of touch....

Dan Moulthrop

Kirk--excellent, and very persuasive points. The impression I was left with from the Poynter conference, in particular the comments of USA Today's Greg Korte is that the genie is out of the bottle and quote approval has... Continue reading

Ethics in Political Journalism

I responded to Nancy Reeves: While the line between fact-checking and quote approval may be a very fine one, I am extremely...

Nancy Reeves

Having been on both sides of the pen, as well as being a consumer, I have mixed feelings. Both as a reporter and as someone who has been misquoted frequently when I have shown up in newspaper articles I know how... Continue reading

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