Ethical Journalism Newsletter: May 26, 2015


Ethical Journalism News And Debates

Following the health news stream from publication to news release to media coverage

How can journalists prevent a well-designed and important scientific study from getting distorted in the media? (via Health News Review)

On donations: It’s not the money; It’s the idea

It is always a bad idea for a journalist to give money to a political campaign or anything even remotely connected to the activities of a politician or party, or an organization that they might cover. It may be well intended, but you damage your credibility and that of your news organization with the public. (via PBS)

Making sure the balance is right in the reporting of suicides

Newspapers’ coverage of suicides has changed in recent years, but there are still aspects of reporting such deaths that cause readers concern. (via The Guardian)

Fabricated attacks by Colombian journalists mask real dangers

Although Colombian journalists are frequently threatened by Marxist guerrillas, criminal gangs, and corrupt politicians trying to silence them, two recent cases that created widespread concern were fabricated by the very reporters who claimed to have been targeted. (via Committee to Protect Journalists)

Sun reporter Anthony France guilty over police story tips

A Sun newspaper reporter has been found guilty of receiving story tips from a Heathrow Airport anti-terror officer. (via BBC)

Reports and Resources

The Trust Factor: An EJN review of journalism and self-regulation

An international survey issued by the Ethical Journalism Network concludes that 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. The survey examines how well journalism is monitored and its mistakes handled in 16 countries, including challenging hotspots in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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[Video] Codes of Conduct

EJN Board Member Zahera Harb discusses how adopting a code of conduct can increase the effectiveness of self regulation in the media. Watch the video on the EJN YouTube channel.

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World Association of Newspapers Congress

Washington, D.C.

EJN panel on 2 June at 12:30
Working Lunch with the Ethical Journalism Network
Is Paid for content overwhelming journalism? How do we protect editorial independence and retain public trust?

Moderator: Aidan White, EJN Director

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Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference 2015


From June 4-7, The best in the business will gather for more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats.

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