With the rise of fake news and its threat to the public good, the time has come to regulate journalists as we do doctors, dentists and lawyers.
Licensing journalists would be difficult to do, and the rules would be tough to enforce -- and wouldn't prevent anyone with a smart phone from disseminating false information online.
Violent and distressing news video and images such as this girl fleeing fighting in Mosul, Iraq, on July 2, pose mental health risks for journalists in newsrooms — a new phenomenon.
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Journalists face psychological trauma from producing news even when they are distant from the scene of violent incidents. What can news organizations do?
The Globe and Mail’s Unfounded series about how police handle sexual assault allegations is an example of how the media can lead social change.
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In an age of post-truth, liars and media conglomerates, there are still examples of the press using their power to make social change. We should encourage such work.
The online abuse of journalists is increasingly leading to self-censorship and websites abandoning the comment function altogether
ABC journalist Adam Harvey was shot in the neck while reporting in the Philippines in June 2017.
The Walkley Award's decision to axe the award for international reporting comes at a time when the skills and roles of international journalists are under threat from a changing media landscape.
The experience of journalists like Maria Ressa is all too common.
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Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has faced online harassment campaigns designed to discredit and silence her.
There has been a proliferation of free online information globally.
Co-founders Mary Lynn Young and Alfred Hermida explain how The Conversation Canada contributes to re-working what journalism can and should do.
Publicly funded grants could help journalists break and cover important stories.
A government fund to support quality journalism – while remaining strictly independent – could help produce stories in the public interest.
Interviewing scientists - shown here is physicist Louise Harra - is a skill that takes experience and in depth knowledge on the part of the journalist.
The number of specialist science journalists in Australia has dropped from around 35 to less than five over the period 2005-2017.
The government should restore funding to public broadcasters SBS and ABC enabling them to produce more public interest journalism.
There are plenty of models around the globe where governments are supporting public interest journalism at arm's length.
Don’t look away.
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Readers and viewers the world over are becoming numb to catastrophe and suffering. They must not look away.
Journalism students at Oaklea Middle School, Junction City, Oregon.
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Students in high school now will be eligible to vote during the 2020 election cycle. How can we prepare them to become informed citizens in an era of misinformation, where anyone can publish anything?
Non-profit status enables media organisations in the US to avoid federal and some state taxes and donations to them can be tax deductible.
Tax deductibility for donations to non-profit journalism centres in the United States have invigorated quality journalism. This same model could help Australian journalism.
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American citizens have long favored government openness over secrecy. But with heightened anti-leak and anti-press rhetoric, do some now want strengthened government control of information?
Donald Trump might not spend much time on social media, but he has an acute understanding of how virality in media works.
There are four key things Donald Trump’s election tells us about the state of journalism today.
Public interest reporting is often equated with watchdog or investigative reporting. But it can include other factual stories that serve the public interest.
Public interest journalism exposes corruption and wrongdoers, and holds the powerful to account. But it is increasingly under threat, and we need to find ways to protect it.
Leaked information is the life blood of investigative journalists. But there are a few golden rules they should follow when reporting on it.
When given leaked information journalists should check the information, consider alternative explanations, consider the political context and allow the people implicated a proper chance to respond.
The first print edition of Denník N, in 2015.
Comments sections may be scary places for reporters but, as the experience of one Slovak daily shows, when journalists engage with readers, it makes for better news.
In ‘Big Huggin,’ players control the action by giving affection to a teddy bear controller.
Game by Lindsay Grace; Photo by Stacey Stormes
Readers read, viewers watch and players do. That level of engagement gives games real power to influence people both within and outside the play itself.