Transparency in Journalism

Watch award-winning filmmakers discuss production choices and journalism ethics, with an emphasis on the value of and need for transparency.

"Nobody Plans To Do Something Bad!"

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Ty West, who speaks first, is a longtime news and documentary producer and executive. In this segment, he and Barak Goodman talk about ethical challenges for video-based journalism. (2013)



Transparency at Every Step

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John Siceloff (who appears first) is an award-winning broadcast news producer and the creator of NOW on PBS. Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin are award-winning filmmakers who have produced for Frontline, American Experience, and additional PBS series. Here they stress that what a media maker says or writes is always part of the public record. (2011)



Empathy and Journalism

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Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin encourage filmmakers to challenge their preconceptions, have empathy for their subjects, and not see stories as black or white. (2011)



Authenticity as a Goal

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John Siceloff argues that filmmakers should embrace authenticity and complexity when producing for public media. (2011)



Complex Stories, Competing Interests

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Rachel Dretzin advocates for reflection and seeking advice from trusted people when making difficult ethical decisions as a media maker. (2011)




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