User:Rhonda.R.Shearer

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Art Science Research Laboratory, [1] a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit that I co-founded with my late husband, Harvard professor and scientist, Stephen Jay Gould, publishes iMediaEthics [2]as part of non-partisan journalism ethics program. Students and young journalists work with professional researchers to foster the media's use of scientific methods and experts before publication. We also publish international media ethics news stories and investigations of factual errors and ethical breaches by media outlets.

Among our investigations on iMediaEthics, our award winning site [3], is Jared Diamond's 2008 story in the New Yorker Magazine,“Annals of Anthropology: Vengeance Is Ours: What can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even?” [4] led to lawyers for Papua New Guinea tribesmen to file a $10 million libel lawsuit against Diamond and the New Yorker.

I note that almost all the information about this historic lawsuit--reported by media outlets through the world--has been scrubbed from Jared Diamond's page. I plan on adding documentation back to the page.


* Notice I have posted the above information based on what I read --that if there is a conflict of interest, the way to deal with it in Wikipedia was to add a statement disclosing the conflict on your talk page. I wanted full disclosure of my relationship to the Diamond story.

Rhonda.R.Shearer (talk) 23:42, 5 February 2013 (UTC)


As a newbie on Wikipedia, the tags are often confusing for me . Joe, Now I see how it is done. Very kind of you! Thank you

 Rhonda.R.Shearer (talk) 14:40, 6 February 2013 (UTC)



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