Welcome back to the Ethical Journalism Network newsletter after a short break over Christmas and New Year.
Our first newsletter of 2016 starts with some of the best articles written about our International Review of How Media Cover Migration, which was published to coincide with International Migrant Day on 18 December 2015, as well as some of the best articles on ethical journalism published over the last two weeks and some exciting opportunities.
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they’re migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers
Magda Abu-Fadil, the Director of Media Unlimited in Lebanon, writes about our Moving Stories report on Huffington Post Media.
Bigotry, panic reflected in media coverage of migrants and refugees
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From Bulgaria to Brazil, journalists reporting on the global migration and refugee crisis often fail to tell the full story, and regularly perpetuate negative stereotyping used by politicians looking to score points, research shows.
A study of media coverage in 14 countries said a lack of resources and journalists able to provide indepth and sensitive reporting contributed to a distorted picture of the refugee crisis – one of the biggest global stories of the year.
Jason Stern, the Committee to Protect Journalist’s Middle East and North Africa Research Associate, reviews the case of Ahmed Abu al-Hamza who was one of 90 cases researched by CPJ of journalists who reportedly died while covering the Syrian conflict this year.
Journalism & Ethics: The Struggles of Reporting Mental Health
Disregarding mental health stereotypes, one day at a time. This is a journalistic blog critically looking at how the general media report on mental health issues. It will also address the strong presence and influence that social media and user generated content have on developing coverage on the social issue. We will open topics for discussion on how we as a society can proactively develop how we tackle the sensitive issue that is mental health awareness. One day at a time.
The EJN Year in Focus:Terrorism, Hate-speech, the Refugee Crisis, and Looking Forward to 2016
It has been a testing year for journalism. It began with 10 journalists and cartoonists among those killed by terrorists in the unconscionable massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdoin Paris. Within hours the EJN published an article advising journalists to defend free speech but also to lower the temperature, to eliminate hate speech and to avoid encouraging acts of revenge or abuse of Muslims. We called for “slow journalism” and for newsrooms to think carefully about how to handle the story.
The Paris events triggered much talk in media circles over free speech, self-censorship and ethical responsibility. And the EJN was at the centre of this debate. We published a second article urging journalists to rely on their codes and editorial traditions when reporting terrorism, to avoid propaganda traps set by media-savvy extremists and, above all, to tell the story with humanity.
WHAT’S YOUR IDEA? APPLY NOW FOR 2016-2017 RJI FELLOWSHIPS
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on ideas and projects that will help RJI understand and meet the information needs of individuals in their roles as citizens.
Open to all international journalists with two years experience at a journalism publication; fluency in English and at least one other language required. This fellowship provides two semesters of tuition, plus a stipend for study at one of the masters programs at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2016 ILLICIT FINANCE REPORTING SCHEME
Thomson Reuters Foundation is looking for investigative or financial/business journalists based anywhere in Africa to take part in a long-term scheme that will help them produce stories and investigations on the abuse of tax laws and illicit financial flows. The scheme involves intensive workshops, ongoing advice from experienced investigative journalists, and access to expertise and story leads. The deadline is the 11thJanuary 2016.