Ethical Journalism Newsletter: March 6, 2015


Ethical Journalism News And Debates

[VIDEO] Self-regulation and codes of conduct

The Ethical Journalism Network’s Board Members discuss the importance of codes of ethics in making self-regulation work in the digital age. Watch the video here.

My year ripping off the web with the Daily Mail Online

Why one journalist quit the Daily Mail Online after a year of plagiarising and sensationalising news stories from other publications. (via Gawker)

Another big media outlet plagiarizes a Global Voices story. What’s the fix?

This isn’t the first time a reputable mainstream outlet has lifted Global Voices reporting verbatim from the site and presented it as their own work, and our community knows it won’t be the last. This in spite of our very liberal Creative Commons license and Attribution Policy, which allows anyone to republish our content for free with proper attribution. Are the journalists who plagiarize our work exploiting the fact that we’re a small media outlet? (via Global Voices)

Nigeria’s ‘brown envelope’ journalism

My friend, who was a reporter with one of Nigeria’s popular newspapers, said her boss often justified his non-payment of salaries by saying: “I’ve given you a platform to make money. Use it.” He was referring to the opportunity to collect payment from individuals or organisations in exchange for publishing their stories. (via The BBC)

A guide to easy cybersecurity for journalists

For most reporters, cybersecurity should probably be the digital equivalent of locking windows, doors and file cabinets before leaving home. These measures won’t keep out professional criminals, but they will discourage the tempted hooligan. (via Mediashift)

Derby Telegraph breached three clauses of the editors’ code, says Ipso

A newspaper that published a picture of a schoolgirl who had been injured in a road accident has been censured by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) for three separate breaches of the editors’ code of practice. (via The Guardian)

Reports & Resources

Watching the Watchdog: Launch of EJN International Report on Self-regulation

Systems of self-regulation of media and journalism need radical rethinking if they are to survive the harsh economic and political realities of news media in the digital age. That’s the key conclusion of an international survey issued by the Ethical Journalism Network.

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