A survey that asked how uniformed NYPD officers treated their undercover brethren made news; this, after an African-American undercover officer had been killed in a friendly-fire incident.
Before I shared this via Facebook, I refused to do so if I could find the survey; after some minutes of semi-zealous research, I found nothing.
This makes me wonder about what standard news audiences should expect or demand. A sometime mentor, who runs a national radio show, spoke a lesson that stuck in my head: “There is so much bad journalism out there!”
This isn’t a big deal, but…yeah it is.
All news organizations, including NY1 and RaceWire.org, need to abide by consistent rules. Either post the PDF, or a link to the survey, or explain why they do not. If your audience can peruse and scrutinize the survey, they can judge its worth; without it, they have to assume.