10th February 2016
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter 11 January 2016


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To mark World Radio Day 2016 the Ethical Journalism Network has partnered with UNESCO to create a podcast to discuss the ethical issues that radio journalists face when covering conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Our director, Aidan White, speaks to international correspondents and local radio journalists about their experiences covering earthquakes, typhoons, civil wars, genocide, elections and independence movements with a special focus on female journalists and the importance of women getting access to accurate information.

The podcast also discusses the Ethical Journalism Network’s five point test for hate-speech, which was launched as part of our campaign “Turning the page of hate” in Kigali in 2014 to mark two decades since the Rwandan genocide.

Radio stations around the world are being encourage to download and broadcast the Ethical Journalism Network podcast on and before World Radio Day on 13 February 2016.

Listen to and download the podcast here.

40 ideas for how media can work to strengthen safety of journalists

After last Friday’s conference on press safety in Paris – “News Organizations Standing Up for the Safety of Media Professionals” – the best 40 ideas raised by participants have been collated by UNESCO. You can download the 40 ideas on how to improve press safety from UNESCO’s website, as well as read UNESCO’s report on the event.

The Ethical Journalism Network collated the best social media coverage from the event’s sessions:

UNESCO International Conference: ‘News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals’

What are the main challenges for the safety of journalists worldwide

What are the responses of the media industry to safety threats?

Good newsroom practices to protect journalists

Ending Impunity Together – national campaigns to fight impunity

Protection of journalists – the way forward

Open Migration: Using Data To Understand The Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis represents a challenge to journalism across Europe. It has forced newsrooms to question how they report such a complex phenomenon in a balanced way, without reinforcing easy stereotypes and without appearing to dehumanise refugees.

The Italian Coalition for Civil Rights and Freedoms (CILD) has launched Open Migration, a new journalistic news site dealing with refugee issues. It aims to provide accurate and data-driven reporting.

Read the full article here. (European Journalism Observatory)

For more on how media cover migration read our report: Moving Stories – International Review of How Media Cover Migration

Why solutions journalism can help news organisations improve their reporting

How can stories that explore solutions to problems increase audience engagement and make a difference to attitudes in society?

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

‘Three sides to every story’: Behind Trinity Mirror’s news-aggregation app

Trinity Mirror is trying its hand at aggregating third-party publisher news in its latest mobile app, Perspecs. The publisher has 30 digital editions on tablets and 14 mobile apps across its national and regional titles. This is its first foray into aggregation in which it will be actively encouraging readers to click through to the original source. The plan is to build an audience before it starts to monetize the app, but it sees potential for introducing a revenue-share model, native advertising or in-app subscriptions, according to head of product Darren Sher.

Read the full article here. (Digiday)

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University is currently accepting applications for two grants for writers ready to embark on ambitious reporting projects.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, DEADLINE: February 16, 2016

Online Application: http://journalism.nyu.edu/about-us/awards/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).

The Reporting Award, DEADLINE: February 22, 2016
Online Application: http://journalism.nyu.edu/thereportingaward

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. Each winner may receive a different amount of money, at the discretion of the Committee. The maximum award is $12,500. Winners will have access to NYU’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available).


ODI event: Global migration: from crisis to opportunity

Following on from the Ethical Journalism Network’s report – Moving Stories – International Review of How Media Cover Migration our director, Aidan White participated in ‘Global migration: from crisis to opportunity’, an event at the Overseas Development Institute on 10 February 2016.

Read our report from the ODI event here.