Just a few updates:
My personal letter to the public editor of the NY Times regarding his column on anonymous sources appeared in the Sunday paper. Here it is in its entirety:
The use of anonymous sources will be the subject of my doctoral dissertation at Georgia State University. As a former newspaper editor, I believe that the increased use of anonymous sources is one of the factors that have led to the decline of news media credibility.
I plan to conduct a content analysis of The New York Times and perhaps some other news outlets to look at the use of anonymous sources over the past 40 years. I think it will be interesting to see if The Times is using anonymous sourcing more or less than in 1968.
The argument seems to be that the greater good is often served with the use of anonymous sources. I argue that the greater good would be helped most by creating news reports that consumers trust; the benefits of using anonymous sources don’t outweigh the subsequent erosion of credibility.
MATT J. DUFFY
Roswell, Ga., June 9, 2008
So, that’s pretty cool — you know, being in the NY Times and all.
In other news, I’ve been shooting grammar videos. Here’s the latest: