Ethical Journalism Newsletter: October 8th, 2014


Event in Progress

6th Bali Media Forum

The Thomson Foundation, in partnership with the Indonesian Press Council and the Institute for Peace and Democracy, is today holding the 6th Bali Media Forum Open Goals: Ethics in the information game in Nusa Dua, Bali from 8 to 10 October. The Forum is exploring how journalism and independent media can play a vital part in building a new vision for quality information in the internet age.

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Ethical Journalism News

Media Coverage of Ebola Requires a Delicate Balance

The task of covering Ebola is a tricky one for the media. Too much coverage, and we look like we’re being exploitative with scare tactics. Too little coverage, and we get blamed for not enlightening our audience of its scope. (via Poynter)

The Isis Propaganda War: A Hi-tech Media Jihad

Isis is using techniques plundered from movies, video games and news channels to spread its message. Who is masterminding the operation – and what is the best way to counter it? (via The Guardian)

Like Sea Level, Times Environmental Coverage on the Rise

It’s hard to dispute the public’s dismay over climate change. When hundreds of thousands of people take to the Manhattan streets, as they did in the People’s Climate March last month, something big is clearly happening. But a year ago, the signs weren’t particularly good for coverage of the environment in The New York Times. (via New York Times)

11 Rules For Journalists Covering ISIS, Issued By ISIS

A set of rules has been established by the Islamic State militant group for any journalists reporting in the area of Deir Ezzor, Syria, the media group Syria Deeply said Tuesday. The 11 concrete rules, all said to be non-negotiable, were established directly by ISIS for any journalists “who wish to continue working in the governorate.” (via Huffington Post)

How Al Jazeera Blundered Its Way to Journalists’ Arrests in Egypt

Al Jazeera English always tried to work separately from its sister Arabic channel to avoid trouble with Egyptian authorities. In the end, the facts suggest the journalists took the fall for the failed inactions and judgement of their employer. (via iMediaEthics)

Poynter Institute Calls for Suggestions on Journalism Workshops

The Poynter Institute will be conducting free workshops to quickly get reporters up to speed on important issues in 2015 and we are asking our readers for workshop suggestions. (via Poynter)

From India: Making the Significant Interesting and Relevant

The way The Hindu newspaper covered one of the defining news moments of recent times — the conviction of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa — deserves to be looked at very closely. It recognised the importance of the verdict. It realised that there are both legal and political implications. (via The Hindu)