The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) says news subjects should be treated with “respect and dignity”; however, graphic content has journalists struggling with this task, particularly when covering stories abroad. Journalists, already facing possible scrutiny when publishing graphic content, are being accused of unfairly publishing disturbing videos, images and audio recordings in crises occurring outside of the Western world.
How does a journalistic institution respond to a soul-shaking crisis? Rolling Stone magazine is dealing with that question at the moment, after its article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia went south late last week. The article had been criticized by various media outlets for its reliance on a single anonymous source and for the writer’s failure to interviewthe men accused of rape. The magazine issueda misdirected correction that acknowledged discrepancies in the woman’s account, but seemed to blame the source rather than take responsibility. It was later changed, without explanation to readers. (via The New York Times)
I deal with a military that at times doesn’t like to answer my questions, won’t talk to me, censors my photos, restricts my movements, routinely threatens to ban me from further visits in a system of military intimidation — and decides at times on a whim that I should sleep in a tent rather pay like anyone else for a hotel available to civilian guests. (via The Miami Herald)
The Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, Séamus Dooley, has given a guarded welcome to what the union believes are “lamentably late” draft guidelines covering media ownership in Ireland. (via The Guardian)