Ethical Journalism Newsletter: January 28, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Annual Report 2013: Journalism in the Digital Age

This report on the 2013 programme of the Ethical Journalism Network covers a period of intense activity following the launch of the Network in 2012.

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23 Magazine Covers That Got It Right When Depicting Powerful Women

After a bit of research, we found the top 23 magazine covers that actually got it right when depicting powerful women. Hint: The most successful covers portray women in a pretty much identical fashion to men. (Huffington Post)

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The Strange (and Welcome) Case of a Political Story With No Anonymity

I’ve criticized, with no discernible result, The Times’s continuing propensity to use anonymous quotes, sometimes without any real justification, despite its own clear standards to the contrary. So have other public editors before me. By contrast, the article’s authors, Sam Tanenhaus and Jim Rutenberg, named everyone they quoted. This isn’t unheard of, of course, but I thought it was worth remarking on and exploring a bit. (The New York Times)

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Why Associated Press was right to sever ties with Narciso Contreras

The Guardian’s head of photography explains why the photojournalist’s seemingly small mistake in manipulating a single image from Syria could have big repercussions. (The Guardian)

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After Snowden: How vulnerable is the internet?

The internet was designed to be free and open. Eight months after Edward Snowden’s first leaks of classified information, is that still the case? (BBC)

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Verification Handbook

A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage

Authored by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid providers.

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Innocent Mistakes A Controversial Film Finds Journalism Caught Between Image and Reality

An EJN report reviewing the media coverage of the Innocence of Muslims, a short film trailer produced by a religious activist and distributed over the Internet, which became the spark for protest and violence across the globe and leading to at least 75 deaths.

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EJN Members Meeting

Brussels, Belgium

More information coming soon. If you’d like to attend the EJN members meeting, please contact Stefanie Chernow at

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East-West Center International Media Conference: Challenges Of A Free Press

Yangon, Myanmar

With Myanmar’s dramatic media reforms in the past two years, the upcoming international media conference in Yangon has been drawing a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation. EJN Director Aidan White will be a speaker at the conference and will discuss how to build ethical journalism practices.

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IPI World Congress

Cape Town, South Africa

The 2014 Congress – which will be held in April, just before the South African presidential election – will explore a number of key topics, including: the Chinese Government’s Role in the Developing World, a look at the ‘new’ South Africa and its media 20 years on, new technologies for distri

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Asia Media Summit

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The 11th Asia Media Summit 2014 is organised by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Information and the General Commission for Audiovisual Media. EJN Director Aidan White will be speaking at the event on May 6th.

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GEN News Summit / EJN Conference

Barcelona, Spain

Editors and publishers are more obsessed by technology and the digital revolution than by ethical issues. But journalism is based on ethics and often they don’t anticipate how immediacy, algorithms and social media can impact the daily work of the journalists.

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