Ethical Journalism Newsletter: October 23, 2015


Ethical News And Debates

The Dos And Don’ts Of Ethical Social Newsgathering

When it comes to reporting breaking news, the days of waiting for material from a newswire to come through are long gone. Newsrooms now rely heavily on eyewitness media, or user-generated content (UGC), to alert them to developing events and provide multimedia content for stories. But trust is still a key component of ethical news, and this is certainly put to the test with UGC. (Read more on

Research: News Media Websites ‘Vulnerable To Cyber-Attacks’

Survey shows 52% of media companies across the world have suffered hacking. (Read more on The Guardian)

HuffPost Now Has An All-female Polling Team

The Huffington Post has replaced outgoing polling honcho Mark Blumenthal with Natalie Jackson, which the outlet says injects some much-needed gender diversity into the realm of opinion surveys. (Read more on The Huffington Post)

Reporters Who Made False Biden Predictions ‘Rightfully Embarrassed’

Getting the scoop lasts for five minutes, after which point everyone has the story. Being wrong, on the other hand, lasts forever. (Read more on The Huffington Post)


Recommendations on Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists

Recommendations following the Expert Meeting New Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists in Vienna on 17 September 2015. Read the report here.

Must-reads for fact-checkers (existing and aspiring)

This is a non-exhaustive list of useful links on fact-checking. It will be routinely updated – please share any resources on twitter @factchecknet. Read the list on Poynter here.