10th February 2015
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Newsletter: February 10, 2015


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Ethical Journalism News And Debates

Free Speech And Its Limitations Discussed At Charlie Hebdo Symposium

Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network, lectures about the Charlie Hebdo attack during an MU School of Journalism forum. (via The Missourian)

Immigration Street: The Road That Sent Channel 4 Packing

Love Productions promised the documentary would be an “honest look at how immigration has changed one street”. But this has not stopped an alliance of anti-racist groups, local politicians and residents campaigning against it since filming began in April last year. (via The Guardian)

Last Thoughts: NPR And The Balance Between Ethics And The Nation

Edward Schumacher-Matos has reflected on his tenure as NPR’s Ombudsman, which ended January 31. Here is his final column. (via NPR)

Why The Secret Criminal Investigation Of WikiLeaks Is Troubling For Journalists

Last month, an official from the Department of Justice publicly confirmed the investigation is still ongoing. It was the first time anyone, including WikiLeaks’ own defense team, has gotten such confirmation since April 2014. Yet the news was buried 18 paragraphs deep in a Washington Post article that instead focused on Google’s multi-year fight to be allowed to inform WikiLeaks staffers that the government had requested their data. Free-press advocates and a few independent journalists fear that kind of coverage is a sign the media is overlooking the details of an investigation that could have implications for all news organizations. (via The Columbia Journalism Review)

Gay Ugandans Hope New Magazine Will Rewrite Wrongs By Tackling Homophobia

Angered by the ban on homosexuality and anti-gay media coverage, activists are fighting back by publishing Bombastic to share stories from LGBTI Ugandans. (via The Guardian)

Another Outbreak of ‘False Balance’?

In the past, the discussion of false balance – those “equal weight to both sides” articles that don’t clearly acknowledge established truths – has arisen on the subjects of teaching evolution, the reality of climate change and whether voter fraud is widespread enough to demand “reform” that would inhibit voting rights. Now, readers have a new target: coverage of childhood vaccines after a recent measles outbreak. (via The New York Times)

When Media Are The News; Brian Williams’ Mistake

Williams told the false story of his heroics often, and one unanswered question is whether NBC knew the story was fake and did nothing about it. Was Williams so untouchable that nothing he said could be challenged? For some people, Williams will be living proof that “reporters make it all up.” (via Ethics Adviceline For Journalists)