Ethical Journalism Newsletter: August 26th, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Open Journalism: Opening Up Your Data so Others Can Use and Improve it

The term “open journalism,” which has become a core principle of digital media for forward-thinking outlets such as The Guardian newspaper in Britain, is often used to mean journalism that engages with its audience (or “the people formerly known as the audience” as Jay Rosen calls them) and allows them to contribute to the process. But the idea of opening up journalism is also about what media companies can do beyond just producing articles or facts for people to consume — and a big part of that is opening up the data behind their stories. (via Gigaom)

Do You Have a Right to Be Forgotten on the Internet?

In a landmark decision, the European Union’s highest court ruled in May that Europeans can actually force search engine companies like Google to delete sensitive information from their search results. And while there is at least one similar domestic law on the books, the tension between the right to privacy and the right to disseminate information is steadily building. All of which begs the question: Do people have a right to be forgotten online? (via The Legal Intelligencer)

NYTimes Public Editor Addresses Criticism of Word Selection in Ferguson Coverage

Two words – “no angel” – have become a flash point for many of the difficult, contentious, entrenched issues that have arisen in Ferguson, Mo. On Twitter, in my email queue and across the Internet, many Times readers are angry and disappointed about the use of those words, which have become yet another Ferguson-related hashtag. (via New York Times)

Somali Journalists Conclude Training Session on Press Freedom and Ethics of Media

About 80 Somali journalists have concluded three-day training on press freedom and the Ethics of the media in which the journalists discussed various issues concerning the work of the media in the country. The three-day training funded by the Finish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the VIKES Foundation for Media Development in partnership with the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) focused on the current day-to-day activities of Somalia media inline with the ethics of the media. (via RBC Radio)

Freelances Like James Foley are All We Have to Face the Horror

For once, forget the inevitable, wittering debate about whether this or that appalling video should have filled a slot on Twitter – or seeped malignly across other social media. It seems too smugly self-absorbed to meet the James Foley case. Who cares if such vile horror frightens the horses in polite society? There’s a bigger problem here. This is the age of the world wide web, a time of instant images and instant shock. James Foley died, horribly, on one small patch of our interconnected globe. Yet the obvious need for more concern, more understanding, which he sought in his own small, brave way to meet, has never been so feebly addressed. (via The Guardian)

French Case Study in Crowdfunding Brings Journalism Closer to its Audience

The journalists’ collective seeking to buy a group of French daily newspapers expects to reach its initial crowdfunding goal by the end of the week. But one of the journalists behind the Nice Matin campaign has told the World Editors Forum that they will continue their fundraising efforts beyond that goal. (via WAN-IFRA)

Critics Fear Bangladesh’s New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

A new policy for broadcast media in Bangladesh is raising questions about controls on free expression in the country. The draft National Broadcasting Policy for the Bangladesh television and radio media, approved by Bangladesh’s cabinet early this month, mandates the formation of an independent commission that will monitor TV and radio news and programmes and a broadcasting law, to be enacted in the future. (via Global Voices Online)


African Media Leaders Forum

Johannesburg, South Africa

In a year marking two momentous events – 20 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa and 20 years since the Rwandan Genocide – African media leaders and owners will gather in Johannesburg in November to hold frank discussions on how to uphold high ethical standards in the tricky world of politics and business.