Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 28 June 2016

NEWS

RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS COVERING THE ISTANBUL TERROR ATTACK

Advice for journalists on how to cover terrorist attacks (EJN)

Crime and Terrorist Scenes (CPJ)

Using Twitter and Facebook images of tragedies raises ethical dilemmas (Guardian)

Reporting Terrorism: How Reckless Media Can Make Matters Worse (EJN)

Terror attacks put journalists’ ethics on the frontline (The Conversation)

“DON’T FENCE US IN!” JOURNALIST TELLS UN MEETING

“Should the United Nations play a leading role in countering hate speech and expressions of “violent extremism” in the media?”

This was the question debated by a special panel at the Palace of the Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Monday under the auspices of UNESCO’s liaison office.

Read the full article here. (Asharq Al-Aswat)

MEDIA COMPANIES FIND THEMSELVES BALANCING BREXIT NEWS WITH BREXIT CONCERNS

When it comes to the Brexit, some media companies with operations in the U.K. are in a bind. The companies, racing to cover one of the largest geopolitical stories in years, are ramping up their coverage of the Brexit — that is, Britain’s exit from the European Union — with additional staff, special programming and around-the-clock coverage. But behind the scenes, those companies must acknowledge that the specific details of the Brexit could very well have a major impact on their own businesses.

Read the full article here. (Politico)

BBC reporter racially abused in Basingstoke but later touched by ‘outpouring of support’ (Press Gazette)

EXPERTS URGE MEDIA BOSSES TO HIRE MORE MIGRANTS

Australian media organisations have been urged to recruit more journalists from new and emerging migrant communities in an effort to combat “thinly-veiled racism and misrepresentation”in the mainstream media.

The recommendation was among a wide-ranging series of actions proposed at the inaugural National Conference on Media, Migration and Integration, co-hosted by Africa Media Australia and the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) in Melbourne earlier this month.

Read the full article here. (Radioinfo.com.au)

Employing more journalists from migrants communities is one of the main recommendations of the EJN’s Moving Stories report.

Press Release | Foreword | Introduction | Recommendations

Australia – In a nation of migrants the media faces its own identity crisis

US MEDIA SCRUTINIZE WAVE OF CHINESE MIGRANTS ILLEGALLY CROSSING FROM MEXICO

A surge in Chinese migrants seeking a better life in the United States by illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border is capturing the attention of U.S. media.

Read the full article here. (VOA)

Mexico – Shallow journalism in a land where political bias rules the newsroom

United States – The Trump Card: How US news media dealt with a migrant hate manifesto

‘I’LL TREAT NEW YORK TIMES LIKE IT’S MY BEAT,’ SAYS INCOMING PUBLIC EDITOR

“I’m not there to make friends,” says Elizabeth Spayd, on her appointment as the new public editor of the New York Times.

Read the full article here. (Poynter)

INNOVATIVE NEW FRENCH PUBLICATION OFFERS ANTIDOTE TO HIGH SPEED NEWS

New online publication L’imprevu, winner of a French prize for media innovation, has time at the heart of its editorial mandate: giving its audience time to read in-depth and explanatory stories, and allowing journalists time to create them. As one of many new online publications that launched in France over the last two years, it offers a unique, forward-thinking approach to journalistic storytelling.

Read the full article here. (WAN-IFRA)

SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM: THE CRAFT OF COVERING SUCCESSFUL RESPONSES TO SOCIAL ISSUES

There was once a time when newspapers editors did not really believe in solutions journalism, a type of journalism that chooses to cover effective, successful responses to current social issues over tales of failure and tragedy. They thought readers would not be interested.

But in 2008, Libération, a major French newspaper, agreed to let Christian de Boisredon give it a try. He was given the opportunity to run a special solutions issue on December 26 — traditionally the worst sales day for newspapers. Libération journalists declined to take part in the initiative, so de Boisredon asked some freelancers to write for the issue.

The result was the year’s top-selling issue.

Read the full article here. (IJNET)

WE’RE AT A CRITICAL MOMENT IN JOURNALISM’S HISTORY. IT’S TIME TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT OUR NEWS VALUES:

If you had the opportunity to build a news organization from the ground up, what would you include? What would you do differently?

Read the full article here. (Poynter)

10 THINGS WE LEARNED BY ANALYZING 9 MILLION COMMENTS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

This report describes what we learned from analyzing 9,616,211 comments people posted to The New York Times website between October 30, 2007 – the date on which The New York Times began allowing users to post comments to news stories – and August 13, 2013.

Read the full report here. (Engaging News Project)

ACTIVITIES

SECOND EUROPEAN MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY FORUM

The Ethical Journalism Network participated in the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum in Riga, Latvia on 28 June 2016. You can watch the EJN’s Director, Aidan White, speaking at the first event in the series in Brussels here.

Read the full article here. (EJN)

EJN LEADING DEBATE ON MEDIA AND MIGRATION AT INAUGURAL AEGEAN SUMMIT IN ATHENS

The Ethical Journalism Network’s board member, Chris Elliott, will be speaking at the inaugural Aegean Summit in Athens on July 1st. The event hopes to become a forum for new and independent media in the Euro-Mediterranean & MENA with international speakers and participants. The EJN will be participating in the session on the second day of the summit focusing on how migration & refugee crisis is being covered in the region’s media, referring to the findings from the EJN’s Moving Stories report on how media cover migration. The session will also explore how to work collaboratively to improve media literacy, responsible communications, tackle hate speech & intolerance, and strengthen self-regulation of independent media.

Read more about the event here. (EJN)