Ethical Journalism Newsletter: March 4, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Survey Reveals That Journalists Are Suffering Abuse On Social Media

Have you been abused because you are a journalist? Evidently, according to some tentative initial research, people are often using social media in order to insult, and even threaten, reporters.

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire are hoping to discover whether the problem is widespread and how abused journalists are dealing with it. They want media professionals to take part in a short online survey – it’s here – which allows respondents to see the current results. (The Guardian)

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Masked Gunmen Seize Crimean Investigative Journalism Center

As Russian troops streamed into Crimea, Ukraine, masked gunmen broke into and seized the office of the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism in the region’s capital, Simferopol. The group of about 30 men, dressed in military fatigues, targeted offices housing the Information and Press Center, a hub for independent media in the region, and the Crimean investigative center. (Global Investigative Journalism Network)

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Maltese Journalists To Get New Ethics Code

The Institute of Maltese Journalists is planning to set up a new code of ethics this year, Malta Today reported. Malcolm Naudi, the council’s chairman, said to Malta Today that the institute is “seeking to introduce new blood into the Institute, adopting a five-year plan of action and adopting a new code of journalism ethics with the approval of all the major players in the media. ” (iMediaEthics)

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Media Ethics In Pakistan: A Case Study Shows Questionable Conduct

Reporting on a conflict situation, especially one that involves hostages and rescue operations, is an extremely sensitive and risky affair. And in the case of Muhammad Sikandar, a lot of basic rules of journalism were broken — formal and informal rules and indeed, rules the media had set for itself once upon a time. (Dawn)

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If Native Advertising Is So Harmless, Why Does It Rely On Misleading Readers?

The devil walks into a bar and sits at a table with eight newspaper and magazine publishers plus one strange little fellow in shabby, dated robes. The devil says, “How’d you all like to get some advertising revenue at higher rates than what you’ve been fetching for the past five or six years?” (The Guardian)

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Ethical Questions Arise When Quoting Sources From Social Media

There comes a certain line where content posted on Twitter or Facebook should be left just as that: online commentary. Regardless of the subject and its importance, I would not like my Facebook status published as my definitive word by various news outlets. (NewsZou)

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Reports & Resources

EJN Report on Turkey Journalism Crisis: Journalists Plan Fightback over Politics and Media Corruption

A detailed report Censorship in The Park: Turkish Media Trapped by Politics and Corruption by the Ethical Journalism Network published today is an in-depth investigation into the self-censorship and threats to independent journalism during and after sweeping anti-government protests which took place across Turkey last year.

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Community funded, collaborative journalism

Contributoria is a member-supported writing platform for journalists which enables writers to collaborate on all aspects of the writing process including commissioning, editing and publication.

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East-West Center International Media Conference: Challenges Of A Free Press

Yangon, Myanmar

With Myanmar’s dramatic media reforms in the past two years, the upcoming international media conference in Yangon has been drawing a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation. EJN Director Aidan White will be a speaker at the conference and will discuss how to build ethical journalism practices.

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Transparency: The Polis Journalism Conference

The theme for the Polis Journalism Conference is ‘Transparency and Accountability’. It will he held on Friday March 28th at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Speakers will include Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, Ian Katz, Newsnight editor, Catherine Newman, Channel 4 News presenter, as well as Tom Giles, editor of Panorama.

More details and the full list of speakers are available on the Polis blog. Tickets are free and open to all, and can be obtained via the Polis Eventbrite page.

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