Ethical Journalism Newsletter: October 3rd, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Did the Sunday Mirror’s Sex Sting Protect Women, or Exploit Them?

The Sunday Mirror’s defence of its Brooks Newmark sex sting is essentially that powerful men should not be sending lewd pictures to young female admirers. Which is all well and good until you ask whether powerful newspapers should be using pictures, lewd or otherwise, of women without their permission. (via The Guardian)

Will the Future of Journalism Make Us Better Informed?

Imagine this: a journalist with her own news drone camera that can be sent to any coordinates in the world to film what is going on. Imagine a world where you had the ability to programme a whole set of drone cameras to go and film a riot, a rally or a refugee camp. The future of journalism is going to build on technologies we already have. But we must remember it isn’t really about the technology, but about what it can help us deliver. (via Index on Censorship)

NYPOST Pays Wronged Boston Marathon ‘Bag Men,’ Mum on Amount

The New York Post settled the libel lawsuit filed by two Boston Marathon spectators over the Post’s cover calling them “Bag Men” and suggesting they were the bombers. They sued in June 2013 over the cover, but the Post defended it as “appropriate” coverage with a clever headline. The Post’s editor, Col Allan, argued the Post “did not identify them as suspects.” While the Post had stood by its cover, it apparently caved and settled. (via iMedia Ethics)

BuzzFeed Wants to Create a Pipeline for Investigative Journalists of Color

In March, everything Mark Schoofs had been noticing about all the white guys in journalism came together in one place — the Pulitzers. Schools, investigations and projects editor at BuzzFeed News, was on the jury for the investigative reporting category of the Pulitzer Prizes. He read about 80 entries. “It was overwhelmingly white and, by the way, overwhelmingly male,” said Shoofs, (who himself is a white guy who has won a Pulitzer.) And he thinks he knows why. (via Poynter)

China Censors Images of Hong Kong Protests in Media

China’s government has cut off news about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events. (via Huffington Post)

Front Pages from Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’

Protests continue in Hong Kong, and newspapers in the region and around the world led with images of thousands in the streets on Tuesday. Here are a few of them, via Newseum and (via Poynter)

Reports and Resources

In Focus: Faith, LGBT People, & the Midterm Elections

GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation release “In Focus: Faith, LGBT People, & the Midterm Elections,” a groundbreaking resource guide that empowers journalists to challenge anti-LGBT talking heads who mask bias as a ‘tenet of faith.’ The guide is designed to help the media provide accurate information about LGBT people and faith in the lead up to the 2014 midterm elections. (via Issuu)