The Role of Culture, Ethics and Credibility in the Misuse of Anonymous Sources: Jayson Blair and The New York Times Scandal
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz
In May 2003, The New York Times announced that a young star reporter, Jayson Blair, had made up sources and interviews and has stolen information from other reporters’ work. On May 11, the Times used four full pages to report on Blair’s mistakes and lies, printing corrections in hopes of restoring his credibility (Barry, Barstow, Glater, Liptak, & Strinberg, 2003). The scandal also led to the resignations of executive editor Howell Rains and managing editor Gerald Boyd. This was one among a series of such cases in the history of American journalism.
Cajka, Elizabeth, "The Role of Culture, Ethics and Credibility in the Misuse of Anonymous Sources: Jayson Blair and The New York Times Scandal" (2005). Student Work. 3131.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2005 Elizabeth Cajka.