checkbook journalism

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check′book jour′nalism

a practice by which a news medium pays a public figure for an exclusive story or interview.
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But there was a general sense in the newsroom, he says, that the Free Press had refused to cross a line and had taken a clear stand against even the hint of checkbook journalism.
There is a section on Programming Ethics, including a discussion of checkbook journalism.
For lots of people the story was the story: The Star's checkbook journalism, the "60 Minutes" rebuttal, and so forth.
asp) checkbook journalism as some noble equalizer of valuable information, but it also drags the good-will principles of crowd-funding even deeper into the mud than they already are -- and just when websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo looked as if they might recover from the (zach-braff-kickstarter-campaign-twitter-backlash-wish-i-was-here-tests-limits-crowd-funding-1215021) Great Zach Braff Scandal of four weeks ago.
It's tough on respect for privacy and authenticity of photos, but it says nothing about surreptitious news-gathering techniques, checkbook journalism, advertorials or conflicts of interest.
CHECKBOOK journalism as practiced by the supermarket tabloids and tabloid TV shows has always been considered unethical by responsible, mainstream media outlets.
Brokaw, Cosby's spokesman, said the entertainer made the challenge to practitioners of checkbook journalism with the intention of raising their standards of coverage.
Trickey paid McHenry $500 for "affidavits" in one of the first, worst examples of checkbook journalism.
Since the story broke over the weekend, politicians and commentators have charged that this is a new low in so-called checkbook journalism.
He lists tabloidization, anonymous sources, personal attacks, unbridled gossip, checkbook journalism, "snideness toward everyone in public life," and a star syndrome in which newspeople "smelled the money of the stars and followed the odor.
Checkbook journalism "is not only corroding the culture of journalism," it is doing the same thing to the legal process, says Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz.
Simpson case has taken checkbook journalism to a new low, polluting the judicial system in the process (see "Judgment Calls," page 18).