NLA Discussion: Public Forum
comingjo at HUGSE1.HARVARD.EDU
Sun Oct 12 09:31:35 EDT 1997
Doesn't journalistic ethics demand that a document that has not been
made public and is marked "draft" should not be quoted? How do we
keep drafts safe and still share them with our colleagues so that we
can get input from the field at every stage of our research. I ask
RLP to agree to refrain from publication of drafts and wait until we
are ready to make a statement. Otherwise, NCSALL can not engage in a
free and open discourse with the field because we must submit
documents to OERI before they are made public. If talking about
findings on the NLA listserv is a public forum, we'll stop using it
and open a closed research forum, which the NLA list members had
asked us not to do. But, if we put out a document that says "draft"
it is not in the public domain.
On Fri, 10 Oct 1997 09:18:44 -0700 bpihuman <bpihuman at bpinews.com>
> This is a response to David Rosen's Oct. 2 request for
> suggestions on listserv policy regarding quotations by reporters.
> David, I am very gratified by your reaffirmation of the policy
> allowing journalists to participate in the discussion and quote from it,
> but I am concerned by the suggestion that researchers should be able to
> discuss preliminary findings on the listserv "without having to worry ...
> that the findings will have to stand up to public scrutiny before they
> are ready to present [their final reports]."
> If researchers want to shield their preliminary findings from
> public scrutiny, they would be well advised not to post them on an open
> listserv. There are far better ways to share information with
> colleagues confidentially, including closed listservs.
> But let's assume for a moment that this listserv does decide to
> give researchers the right to shield their preliminary findings. How
> could they exercise that right except by censoring news accounts about
> those findings -- findings they have already posted on an open listserv?
> I'm sure you see the ethical conflict here.
> I would never dream of writing a story about a controversial or
> sensitive posting without contacting the author for confirmation,
> clarification and elaboration. Journalistic ethics demand that. Those
> same ethics demand that I resist censorship, and I hope you will not
> start down the slippery slope toward it.
> Dave Speights, editor
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> <bpihuman at bpinews.com>
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