SOUTH KOREAN JOURNALISTS REPORTING TIRADE BREACH OFF-THE-RECORD TRADITION
Whether “off the record” means not for attribution, or not publishable at all, has been a longstanding debate. But it always means the source should be able to trust the reporter to be discreet. Off-the-record meetings have their uses. Since not everyone is in a position to talk to the press, sometimes it’s the best, even if an imperfect, channel for opening a trail to better information—which could lead to scoops or insights later. Dishonor your agreement, and not only will sources avoid you, but other journalists could have a harder time getting access because of you. […] Our relationship with the people we cover sometimes needs an element of hostility and antagonism; sometimes, they need us as much as we need them, and it can be more ethical to burn our access than to bow too hastily to the terms dictated to us.
WHAT EVERY JOURNALIST SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ANONYMOUS SOURCES
During a workshop in South Sudan last year, reporters voiced concern that some media organizations were using anonymous sources to further personal agendas and attack political enemies. There was a consensus that accurate, fair and reliable reporting was being undermined and that reader trust was at stake in the fledgling democracy steeped in political conflict.
EYES OF THE AFGHAN GIRL: A CRITICAL TAKE ON THE ‘STEVE MCCURRY SCANDAL’
I will begin by saying that my intention is not to attack Steve McCurry or defame him in any manner. It is only an attempt to clear certain facts that have come to light regarding his work and to also raise certain questions on aspects that may or may not have been missed, but certainly have not been expressed till now… at least not publicly.
‘COUNTRIES WITH STRONG PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA HAVE LESS RIGHTWING EXTREMISM’
Countries that have popular, well-funded public service broadcasters encounter less rightwing extremism and corruption and have more press freedom, a report from the European Broadcasting Union has found. For the first time, an analysis has been done of the contribution of public service media, such as the BBC, to democracy and society. Following Brexit and the rise in rightwing extremism across Europe, the report shows the impact strong publicly funded television and radio has had on voter turnout, control of corruption and press freedom.
STOP FEEDING THE NEWS MACHINE: TAKE TIME TO PRODUCE QUALITY JOURNALISM
Inspired by the Slow Food Movement, which aims for quality food, produced in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, is accessibly priced, and gives a fair return to its producers, Peter Laufer, an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster launched his Slow News Movement – a “healthier approach to journalism,” offering the audience a balanced and nutritious news diet. Read the full article here. (WAN-IFRA)
EUROPEAN TRUST IN MEDIA: RADIO OUTSHINES SOCIAL NETWORKS
While the overall perception of the trustworthiness of the media has decreased over the last five years, radio still remains the number one trusted source of news for European citizens, according to the European European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Channel 4 has teamed up with De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s Leicester Media School to launch a new Investigative Journalism MA. This unique MA programme will equip graduates with the journalistic and investigative skills needed for hard-hitting current affairs journalism.
Full disclosure: The head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs, Dorothy Byrne, is Chair of the EJN board of trustees.
NEW ETHICAL JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER LAUNCHING THIS MONTH
Later this month the Ethical Journalism Network is launching a revamped version of our newsletter.
The Ethical Journalism Bulletin will now be sent once a week on Thursday’s at 1200 GMT.
Our new website will also be launched in the coming weeks. If you have any feedback on the newsletter or ideas for our new website please contact our Director of Communications and Campaigns, Tom Law at [email protected]