Media portrayals of mass murderers may do more harm than good.
When mass shootings take place, the media rush to publish details on the suspect's background. But is that approach one that does more harm than good?
The Barnaby Joyce saga has been an example of ‘shake-the-tree’ journalism at its worst.
Media reporting of the Barnaby Joyce affair would have been so much better if journalists had established substantial public-interest justifications before breaking the story.
The Joyce affair comes against a background of the public hating politicians and deeply distrusting the media.
There's one very significant difference between the Joyce-Campion and Cairns-Morosi affairs.
Would the ABC’s publication of confidential cabinet documents would be in breach of a proposed government bill?
It's increasingly difficult for investigative journalists to hold governments to account – partly due to anti-terror and security laws making it harder for whistleblowers to act.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will hold just one seat in the Queensland parliament following the state election.
The seemingly disproportionate media attention given to One Nation is the result of a potent news-making brew.
ABC Insiders host Barrie Cassidy was once press secretary to former prime minister Bob Hawke.
Australian news editors and politicians give their views on the ethical issues arising when reporters return to journalism after time as a political spin doctor.
Cory Bernardi’s views on same-sex marriage may be crude and ignorant, but the media are nonetheless obligated to report how he uses his power.
In the marriage equality debate as in any other, media outlets must balance the right to freedom of speech with the balance of evidence.
Is impartiality a red herring in the age of blogs and social media?
Facebook Live streaming after the police shooting death of Philando Castile.
Facebook Live – and other live-video streaming services – change how we bear witness to events, and challenge how we think about visual information.
Buzzfeed is being damned for publishing unverified and salacious information about the president-elect, raising questions about media ethics in the digital world.
Football figure James Hird is recovering following a suspected drug overdose last week.
Finding a balance between providing information on public figures like James Hird and minimising harm often is a delicate pickle for journalists.
Balance is an empty term these days.
In a 'post-truth' world, presenting both points of view can often be misleading.
Facebook has received a lot of scrutiny since the presidential election.
Even if fake articles could be curbed and filtered news modified, there's something built into Facebook's anatomy that foments partisan rage.
Digital media has feasted off Donald Trump’s lies.
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Lies, Twitter bots and sensation reign in the era of for-profit digital media.
A recent ACMA investigation found Andrew Bolt did not breach the commercial TV code of practice.
An ACMA investigation of Andrew Bolt raises questions of fair and accurate reporting, the clash over facts, fair comment and the right of readers and viewers to be fully informed.
In attempting to avoid labelling killers as terrorists, some have shifted focus to their mental health issues.
Efforts to avoid stigmatising people from Muslim backgrounds seem to be coming at the unexpected cost of adding stigma to those with mental health issues.
There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or…
How should the media report purported links between Islamic State and events like the Orlando shootings?
Terrorism and links to IS – real or purported – need to be very carefully handled by the media for fear of reproducing propaganda.
Four years after Leveson a survey has found that a surprising number of journalists are still confused about ethical standards.
At QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre we are about to complete ARC-funded research on the state of the Australian political news media. A key finding of the work has been the nearly complete withdrawal…