The media is forever expecting and exhorting various arms of the government, business and industry, and even individuals in some cases to perform better, show greater transparency, to open themselves up to scrutiny, etc. But how do news outlets perform on these fronts?
The International Center for Media and Public Agenda (ICMPA) conducted a survey on openness and accountability of the 25 top global media outlets, and probed these five questions.
# Which news outlets post corrections to their stories?
# Which ones provide details about their owners and offer information about any other media and non-media holdings of those owners?
# Which ones publish their internal guidelines for reporters (such as how potential conflicts of interest by reporters or editors are handled)?
# Which ones publish their internal standards for stories (such as how anonymous sources are handled or how politicized language is identified)?
# Which ones actively seek readers’ comments and complaints?
The Guardian, London, came on top, followed by The New York Times and BBC.
Read the full results here: Openness and accountability