Director, Journalism and Media Ethics
Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent is director for the Journalism and Media Ethics program. Subbu's focus is on developing tools and frameworks to help advance new norms in journalism practice, ethical news product design and new vocabulary and signals to help the public process and demand ethical media. During 2017-18, Subbu was Tech Lead for The Trust Project at the Markkula Center. Prior to working for the Center, he was a 2016 John S Knight fellow at Stanford University. In his media career, he was publisher and editor-in-chief for two news magazines in Bangalore, India. Prior to that, he was a software engineer in Silicon Valley. READ FULL BIO
Articles by Subbu Vincent
In January 2021, the Journalism and Media Ethics Program at the Ethics Center is set launch a new and timely prototype project with funding from the Google News Initiative (GNI).
Addressing the challenge to navigate opinion journalism on digital platforms, this paper addresses aspects of social media platforms that publishers and aggregators face when distributing it online. Co-authored by Subramaniam Vincent, Director of Journalism and Media Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Patricia Lopez, Editorial Writer for Opinion at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Before reconciliation can be achieved in our country, we need to understand the actual problem, including who needs to be brought together and on what they’re divided.
Should the media “cover” Kellyanne Conway’s daughter and her posts on TikTok?
A three-step process and a framework of questions to make ethical reporting decisions, with recent convalescent plasma reporting as an example.
An opinion article that ran in Newsweek included ethically questionable assumptions by the author about Kamala Harris’ citizenship.
The George Floyd protests highlight differences between White and Black America’s dual narratives.
To accurately interpret our media today, it’s important we understand a few basic concepts, or “literacies” as Subbu Vincent refers to them.
In today’s politicized society, trust in media is a common refrain, however values need to be addressed first.
Both traditional journalism and social media are unwilling to reconsider their newsworthiness exemptions for politicians. This is particularly problematic in the midst of a global public health crisis because it drives unethical behavior in society.
Despite Twitter’s, Google’s and Facebook’s varying guidelines for handling political ads, the largest platforms still require additional guardrails to protect our democracy.
With political advertising, a convened American public, where speech and counter-speech are offered in context, does not have a seat at the table.
Will Facebook's imminent News Tab feature help the public more seamlessly access credible local and national journalism without stumbling on junk along the way? This is the demand-side question.
New Facebook policy grants wide berth to politicians’ speech in newsfeed.
The president’s interest in nuking hurricanes got into the news cycle last month, but one CNN reporter’s news article is an example of thoughtful work under deadline.
Ethical journalism practices require that presidential Tweets not serve as the story.
The news media is making progress on how to responsibly and ethically report on mass shootings.
A short guide to where Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube disagree on content moderation.
How do the U.S. DOJ’s espionage-linked charges against Julian Assange bear press freedom?
This article analyzes some of the media's early judgment of presumed guilt for the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia.
Ethics and the argument for reparations.