Ethical Journalism Newsletter: June 24th, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Beyond Aljazeera: Egypt’s Chilling Verdict on Media Freedom

The draconian treatment of three Aljazeera journalists who have been sent to jail by a Cairo court amidst worldwide condemnation is a sharp reminder to aspiring democrats in Egypt that the Arab Spring in the media is close to collapse.

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Infographic: Who Owns Your Media?

Unchecked media concentration over several decades has allowed some media groups to accumulate vast amounts of revenue and influence. (via Coalition For Media Pluralism)

Across Newspapers, TV, and Internet, Public Confidence In News Media Is No Higher Than 22%

Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999. (via Gallup)

LA Times Gets New Newsroom Guideline

The Los Angeles Times released a new set of newsroom ethics guidelines, which “apply to all Times journalists as well as freelancers,” according to readers representative Deirdre Edgar, who posted the new standards on the newspaper’s website. Edgar wrote that the guidelines were “last revised in 2011.” The new Los Angeles Times guidelines include sections on fairness, anonymous sources, reporting on criminal matters and more. (via iMediaEthics)

Readers Mourn the Loss of ‘The Gun Report’

Why did it end, just as fatal shootings in Seattle, Las Vegas and Oregon were dominating the news? Mr. Nocera told me that the blog had served its purpose. “It felt like the time had come,” he said. “We had made our point.”

Ms. Mascia sees a different motivation – one tied closely to her recent efforts to receive back pay for work done on the blog on her own time, and to get a promotion, giving her higher wages for her work. (via The New York Times)

How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

To form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field. And to be able to distinguish between good and bad interpretations of research, you have to be willing and able to read the primary research literature for yourself. (via The Huffington Post)

Twitter Struggles To Remain The Free-Speech Wing Of The Free-Speech Party As It Suspends Terrorist Accounts

Twitter has long maintained that it is the “free-speech wing of the free-speech party,” but its commitment to that principle has come under fire as it bans accounts setup by militant groups and blocks tweets in certain countries. (via Gigaom)

Video: Understanding Europe’s White Working Class Communities

Different communities across Europe felt they are being blamed for their own marginalization. Blame has been shifted to individuals as wider social and economic factors are often downplayed. This is certainly true of media portrayals in the UK, and it also applies in the Netherlands—where the “antisocial television” genre focuses on poor Dutch families with behavioral or social problems—and Germany. This creates powerful stereotypes that can reinforce a community’s sense of exclusion. (via The Open Society Foundation)

Reports & Resources

On the Road To Gender Equality

Changing Media Narratives

The main purpose of this report, launched by the Uks , is to promote gender balance and equality, create awareness, bring forward best practices illustrating how some are taking women’s issues into account and support women’s participation in media development.

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Events & Workshops

Turning the Page of Hate Workshop: How Journalists Can Combat Sexual Bias

June 25th, 2014: Hate speech that is intended to incite violence against gender and sexual minorities can spread faster and farther than ever before thanks to the rise of digital media. How can journalists prevent hate speech and stereotypes in their reporting while upholding democratic values of press freedom? Designed for working journalists and students, the workshop aims to add context to the story by providing ethical tools for journalists reporting on gender and sexuality issues.

The event is hosted by EuroPride Olso 2014 and will feature the EJN Director as a speaker. Join the Facebook group here.

Global Security Seminar 2014

Journalists are invited to apply to attend the 2014 Global Security Seminar, to be held from 22-24 October in London. This major seminar will bring together leading security experts, authoritative commentators and journalists for a series of lively presentations and debates addressing some of the world’s most pressing security and terrorism issues. The application deadline is June 30th, 2014. (via The Thomson Reuters Foundation)