Ethical Journalism Courses

The Ethical Journalism Network is also working on course to help data journalists critically reflect on ethical challenges throughout each stage in the reporting process. “Ethics in data journalism” will be launched in mid-2019.

In the meantime, we recommend checking out the European Journalism Center’s forum, where you can find advice from their community.

The Ethical Journalist’s Toolkit

The Ethical Journalism Network has collaborated with the Thomson Foundation to create a course on ethics in journalism as part of their Journalism Now series of online courses. The course, which is free to take, is available until April 2018.

About the course

There should be no journalism without ethics, particularly in a digital world, where there is a constant flow of information, much of which is false.

This course will look at:

  • How to apply ethical principles to your journalism, whether you are working in social media, in print or on TV/radio.
  • How to maintain your independence and impartiality in the face of powerful interests trying to influence your work.
  • How to maintain your humanity and the humanity of the people you are reporting about, even when other journalists fail to.
  • How to ignore fake news and discover the facts, while maintaining your principles of honesty, objectivity and accountability.

By the end of the course:

  • You will have developed your own ‘ethical toolkit’, that will help you make the correct judgement for every story.
  • You will feel more confident in maintaining your independence and sticking to your principles when dealing with false information, sensitive material or attempts from vested interests to influence your work.
  • You will understand the connection between applying your ethical toolkit and the trust which your audience places in your journalism.
  • You will discover that this trust means you can increase your sources of stories, as people – especially those who feel marginalised in society – believe in the accuracy and independence of your reporting.

Whether you are starting out on your journalistic career, or you’re an experienced reporter, you will – hopefully – find this course’s examination of ethical journalism useful in improving your skills and career.

Participating experts

You should be able to complete this course within two hours over multiple sessions.

Copyright: How to protect it, how not to breach it

The Ethical Journalism Network has partnered with the collaborated with the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)and the Thomson Foundation‘s  Journalism Now platform, to create a free online course – “Copyright: How to protect it, how not to breach it”.  This course was produced with support from the Norwegian-based Kopinor licensing agency.

Course Overview 

Section One: – The course begins by looking at copyright law and what it means for journalists.

Section Two:  The rights journalists have over original material:

  • How to maintain copyright.
  • How to track text and pictures online if you think someone has used your work without permission or attribution.
  • How to watermark images so that it is more difficult to use them without permission.

Section Three:  Responsibilities to others and their rights:

  • How to respect the copyright when referring to the work of other journalists.
  • How to work within the law when using someone else’s material
  • When do you need to pay for material

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand copyright and why it is important to do everything you can to safeguard it.
  • Learned practical tips to help journalists maintain their own copyright.

Participating experts

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