Times ethics, part deux

Tomorrow's Times runs a story by media reporter James Rainey on the paper's new ethics guidelines (the ones we reported Wednesday.) The story focuses mainly on how the new rules will affect the sports world. The code itself is posted with the story on the Times website.

One of the most immediate outcomes of the guidelines may be in stopping Times sportswriters from voting for a variety of honors and awards, including college football's Heisman Trophy, college basketball's John Wooden Award and membership in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame...

Staff members can ask the managing editor for permission to continue voting for awards or rankings. But Sports Editor Bill Dwyre said he plans to stop voting for those awards and expects his writers to follow suit, unless they have "an especially compelling reason for continuing to vote for something."

Interesting tidbit off my server logs. Of the 4713 visitors who clicked on my excerpts yesterday, only 400 kept going and called up the full text of the guidelines. Also: Sean Bonner at gets some discussion going about the Times' rules for staff bloggers.

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