Today the EJN releases a series of educational videos on four topics: What is Journalism, The Difference Between Journalism and Free Speech, The Core Values of Journalism, and the EJN 5 Point Test for Hate Speech. These back-to-the-basic videos serve as a reminder of what all journalists should keep in mind on a daily basis while performing their jobs.
The coverage of HSBC in Britain’s Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril. (via Open Democracy)
In a nearly 800-word column under the byline “Telegraph View,” the newspaper said it “makes no apology” for coverage that has come under scrutiny after allegations of favoritism from Peter Oborne, who was chief political commentator for the newspaper before he resigned in protest. (via Poynter)
Although the wording of the Risen tweets was outside the tacitly accepted norm for Times reporters on social media, The Times declined to criticize them and issued a statement in his support. (via The New York Times)
False balance is not only poor journalism, it can harm the readers’ understanding because it suggests there is a balance between the views. In politics, for example, it is important and responsible to offer fair weight to different parties’ views. It is not responsible to offer equal weight to science versus flimsy beliefs. (via The Globe And Mail)