Ethical Journalism Newsletter: January 30, 2015

 

Ethical Journalism News And Debates

Al Jazeera Memo Illustrates The Importance Of Word Choice

A set of principles to consider when language wars begin heating up:

  • What is the literal meaning of the questionable word or phrase?
  • Does that word or phrase have any connotations, that is, associations that are positive or negative?
  • How does the word correspond to what is actually happening on the ground?
  • What group (sometimes called a “discourse community”) favors one locution over another, and why?
  • Is the word or phrase “loaded”? How far does it steer us from neutral?
  • Does the word or phrase help me see, or does it prevent me from seeing?

(via Poynter)

The State Of The Ombudsman In 2015

In the United States it is predicted that close to 20 public editors still exist. Other countries and regions, however, have been steadily embracing the ombudsman position – membership in the Organization of News Ombudsmen has risen by 20 percent over the last five to six years, pointing to growth in Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. (via Capital New York)

In a Time of Racial Turmoil, Why Change Course on Covering Race?

Was it a step backwards for the Times to discontinue the race-and-ethnicity beat? (via The New York Times)

No Filter: Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter Feed Provides A New Take On The Editorial

Before the age of social media, Murdoch kept himself firmly in the background, careful not to expose his own public views while actively seeking to sway elections through the editorial endorsements in his many newspapers across the globe. Now via Twitter, the media mogul has been spreading alarm among his enemies and supporters in equal measure. (via The Guardian)

Al Jazeera English News Director Tells Employees To Continue Leaking Memos

Al Jazeera English has a plan to deal with the recent leaks that have aired the organization’s preferences regarding style and usage: invite its employees to keep leaking. (via Poynter)

Applications

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

A grant of $12,500 will be awarded to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Winners will have access to NYU’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available). Deadline February 16, 2015. (via The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University)

2015 Reporting Award

The Reporting Award supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest. The Institute will select up to two winners of the Reporting Award. The maximum award is $12,500. Winners will have access to NYU’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available). Deadline: February 23, 2015 (via The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University)