Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 21 July 2016

NEWS

WHY PLAGIARISM REALLY MATTERS

I hail from the world of journalism, which has seen its fair share of plagiarism scandals in the past decade or so, starting with the Jayson Blair affair at The New York Times in 2003. But plagiarism in the news business is a different animal from what’s being alleged of the speech Melania Trump delivered Monday night in Cleveland.

Read the full article online here. (CNN)

WHEN THE SKILL OF QUESTIONING IS LISTENING: INTERVIEWING REFUGEES IN EUROPE

Filmmaker Reem Karssli knows first-hand the importance of reliable communications to refugees. Six months ago, she fled the war in Syria and is now a refugee herself in Germany where she became part of the team researching the communication needs of refugees for BBC Media Action’s Voices of Refugees report.

Read the full article here. (BBC Media Action)

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CHANGING FACE OF CONFLICT REPORTING

When gunmen began firing indiscriminately at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport last month, British journalist Laurence Cameron was among the first to get the word out.

The message he posted to Facebook read: “Something kicking off at the airport here in Istanbul, mass panic, people shouting about bombs. Rumours of an attack.”

Read the full article here. (Journalism.co.uk)

CAN FACT-CHECKING SAVE DEMOCRACY – AND JOURNALISM AS WE KNOW IT?

The morning after the referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, one of the leaders of the “Leave” campaign shocked the public by admitting he had misled the public on a key issue. When asked whether the UK’s alleged £350 million weekly contribution to the EU would be directed to the National Health Service instead, the former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage said “that was a mistake.”

Read the full article here. (Open Democracy)

SOUTH SUDAN AUTHORITIES ARREST EDITOR, ORDER JUBA MONITOR TO CEASE PUBLISHING

Authorities in South Sudan should immediately and unconditionally release South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Taban, editor-in-chief of the independent English-language daily Juba Monitor, has been held without charge since July 16, according to colleagues and media reports.

Read the full article here. (CPJ)

NEW YORK TIMES SAYS ANONYMOUS SOURCES HAVE DROPPED 30%

The New York Times has been monitoring its use of anonymous sources this year. Phil Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, told Times public editor Elizabeth Spayd, who recently succeeded Margaret Sullivan, that: “In the four months since we laid out the new policies, we’ve seen a measurable drop in the prevalence of anonymous sourcing. (Precise numbers are hard to nail down, but our estimate would be in the range of a 30 percent decrease.)”

Read the full article here. (iMediaEthics)

KIEV CAR BOMB KILLS TOP BELARUSIAN JOURNALIST SHEREMET

A car bomb explosion has killed a leading Belarusian journalist and Kremlin critic, Pavel Sheremet, in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

He hosted a morning news show on Radio Vesti and reported for Ukrayinska Pravda, a popular news website.

Read the full article here. (BBC)

HOW DO JOURNALISTS COPE SO WELL (IF THEY DO) WITH STRESS?

Do journalists cope well with stress? If so, how do they do it? Those fascinating questions will be asked next week by neuroscientist Tara Swart at a London Press Club event.

She will ask for journalists to come forward to take part in a “rigorous and scientifically credible” study.

Read the full article here. (Guardian)

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM TWITTER?

“We may suspend an account if it has been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse. When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently.”

Read the full article here. (NPR)

ACTIVITIES

THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF ETHICS AND TOLERANCE IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON MIGRATION

The Ethical Journalism Network’s director, Aidan White, participated in the Africa e Mediterraneo and Lai-momo Summer School on Forced Migration and Asylum in Bologna on 15 July 2016. The event brought together international experts, academics and professionals to guide participants during five day of intensive training to foster debate on how to improve media coverage of migration.

Read the highlights of the event here. (EJN)

For more on media and migration read the EJN’s Moving Stories report: International Review of How Media Cover Migration

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ETHICAL JOURNALISM IN THE DIGITAL ERA: COUNTERING PROPAGANDA AND HATE SPEECH

On 14 July 2016, the Ethical Journalism Network’s director, Aidan White, attended the Summer School for Journalists and Media Practioners in Florence, Italy. This year the theme was “Journalism in the Digital Age”.

Read the highlights of the event here. (EJN)

TURKISH JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE FOR 2016

The Ethical Journalism Network and the other groups in a coalition of international freedom of expression groups was this week recognised by the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) in their annual Press Freedom Awards. The Grand Jury decided that the Coalition of International Free Expression Groups merit the Press Freedom Prize “for the unique solidarity unparalleled in the past, it showed against the assaults on press freedom in Turkey, for its efforts to bring to international platforms the violation of rights and for instilling in their Turkish colleagues the feeling that they are not alone.”