As the drama of a failed coup was being played out on May 12-13 in Burundi, where people feared an explosion of fresh violence between the country’s Hutu and Tutsi communities, the EJN and East African media leaders met in neighbouring Tanzania to debate how journalism can avoid becoming used for hate speech.
Pro-government media, plus the “mainstream” media, strictly self-censored by its proprietors in fear of losing lucrative public contracts, have been deliberately failing to reflect that critical mood, but anyone with sanity in today’s Turkey is worried that the state of the nation leaves no room for optimism in the future. (via Today’s Zama)
On Facebook, personal storytelling and interaction abound. For journalists, however, these practices seem to breach traditional norms that they should avoid entering the fray. But what about when journalists have Facebook pages? Should journalists engage, as Facebook norms suggest? Or avoid interaction, as traditional journalism norms dictate? (via American Press Institute)
Examples of recent news stories or news releases from the Associated Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal and others that received top 5-star scores from health care reviewers. (via Health News Review)
The world of journalism is full of good intentions but the idea of news media as a cornerstone of democracy and ethical values is fast disappearing according to a report released by the Ethical Journalism Network.
The report finds that in countries both rich and poor, there are ‘dark arts’ at work in newsrooms: media managers are doing deals with advertisers to carry paid-for material disguised as honest news; reporters and editors accept bribes and irregular payments; and a culture of dependence on political and corporate friends makes it increasingly difficult to separate journalism from propaganda and impartial reporting from public relations.
From June 4-7, The best in the business will gather for more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats.