Ethical Journalism Newsletter: May 13th, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

If Headlines Treated Women Like People, Not Objects

Women’s media criticism blog Vagenda Magazine asked their Twitter followers to normalize snarky headlines about female celebrities — and the Internet delivered. Check out some of our favorite improved headlines below, and see more at the hashtag #thevagenda. (via The Huffington Post)

Still Talking About It: ‘Where Are the Women?’

After three decades in journalism, I find it hard to believe that – while things have changed radically in some ways – there’s still such a gender imbalance. At the International Journalism Festival in Italy earlier this month, I was part of a panel called “Where Are the Women?” Sitting there, discussing the paucity of women in journalism leadership globally I had a surreal feeling: Are we really still talking about this? (via The New York Times)

Approaches To Digital Fact Checking Across The World

At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, delegates were treated to an occasionally heated debate over fact checking from the founders of leading websites from around the world. (via

Some News Sites Cracking Down On Over-The-Top Comments

Attention, reader comment-board trolls: News sites are getting tough on your crude, your rude and your sometimes lewd postings. (via The Washington Post)

Journalists Do A Lousy Job Reporting On Health Studies, Researchers Find

Researchers found a lot to be dissatisfied with in a review of nearly 2,000 stories about “new medical treatments, tests, products, and procedures.” Most stories were “unsatisfactory on 5 of 10 review criteria: costs, benefits, harms, quality of the evidence, and comparison of the new approach with alternatives,” Gary Schwitzer writes in a report published by JAMA Internal Medicine. (via Poynter)

Reports & Resources

[UPDATED] Hate-Speech: A Five-Point Test for Journalists

Turning the Page of Hate in Media Campaign for Tolerance in African Journalism

The following five-point test of hate-speech for journalism in context has been developed by EJN advisers and is based upon international standards. It highlights some questions to be asked in the gathering, preparation and dissemination of news and information that will help journalists and editors place what is said and who is saying it in an ethical context.

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MU Presents Arabic Online Media Ethics Guide

The guide is well thought out and its sections cover news judgment and conflicts, transparency, sourcing ethics, knowing your audience, plagiarism, when problems arise, photos and art, and social media. (via Media Unlimited)

Violence And Harassment Against Women In The News Media

This report provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world. It describes the types of violence and threats female journalists encounter and considers how these incidents affect their ability to conduct their work. The report identifies trends among reported incidents and offers suggestions about what individuals and organizations might do to mitigate the dangers of reporting in hostile environments and provide a safe working environment at home. (via The International Women’s Media Foundation)


Turning the Page of Hate: Reporting the Scourge of Violence and Discrimination Against Women

23 – 24 May 2014: The main objective of the workshop, which is carried out in the context of the Africa-wide campaign for tolerance in media Turning the Page of Hate, is to help the journalism community push back against editorial practice that can reinforce stereotypes, ignore the reality of violence against women at work and home and that restricts progress towards genuine respect for gender equality at all levels of society. The workshop will focus on practical ways in which people in media can work towards creating coverage which is balanced, fair, and inclusive.

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WAN-IFRA: 21st World Editors Forum

Torino, Italy

9 – 11 June 2014: The World Editors Forum gathers Editors-in-Chief from around the globe. The Forum provides news professionals with an annual meeting place to examine ethical challenges, learn about innovations in newsrooms and celebrate quality journalism and cutting-edge storytelling techniques. The Ethical Journalism Network will participate in two sessions on 10 June.

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