Paid trips and ethical approaches to news coverage

Forum Journalismus und Medien Wien - FJUMEJN board member Chris Elliott spoke about how news media and individual journalists can take an ethical approach regarding paid and sponsored foreign trips at an event for young Austrian journalists organised by Forum Journalismus und Medien Wien (FJUM) on 29 May 2017.

Other speakers includes Austrian diplomats, including the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, a specialist from the Ministry of Defence, and Austrian journalists.

The session addressed the trend that, according to one of event’s speakers, certain NGOs invite media to visit developing countries and journalists report only negative stories as a way to canvass economic support.

Two Austrian journalists spoke about dos and don’ts during paid trips, based on their experience. Currently many Austrian journalists go on paid trips and do not mention it in their stories.

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