South African journalism is in the spotlight.
South African editors and journalists failed in their ethical contract with society.
The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way.
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Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics.
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Today on the podcast we're talking filter bubbles, fake news, opinion vs fact. Media Files asks two experts how the media and politics influence each other - and why that's causing concern.
Walter V. Robinson, the US investigative journalist who was portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film Spotlight, talks to Media Files about his team’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.
Spotlight’s Walter V. Robinson and the Newcastle Herald’s Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse - and the threats that followed.
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In this episode, we hear from Walter V. Robinson on how the Boston Globe Spotlight investigation into clergy abuse began, and from the Newcastle Herald's Chad Watson on how his paper covered abuse.
Voting in the presidential run-off elections in Mali, recently.
In Africa, biased media coverage is one of the reasons voters have little faith in credible elections.
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The public broadcaster tries to cater to all views, but sometimes that's a dangerous strategy.
Journalism needs to rebuild public trust, but it won't be easy.
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In a complex media environment, it's become incredibly difficult for the neutral press to point out Donald Trump's lies without having that information discounted as partisan bias.
The reporting of terrorist atrocities is polarising opinion in a way that is dangerous for the craft of journalism.
A nurse treats Johnny at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic before he self-injects his medication.
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Hoping to avoid the pitfalls and tropes of drug genre photography, documentary photographer Aaron Goodman spent a year following three addicts enrolled in a heroin-assisted treatment program.
The secret recording raises important ethical questions that go to the heart of editorial and news judgement.
It's been reported as an issue of "false balance" but a secret recording of senior ABC editorial staff discussing NBN coverage raises broader questions about ethics and news judgement.
#BrusselsLockdown: a time for armed guards … and cat pictures.
As is distant wars, journalists in France are now kept away from areas where security forces intervene against terrorists. Should this be welcomed?
You might not know the extent to which news sites are exposing your information to third-party servers.
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Murky ethics surround the pervasive practice of news sites engaging in online tracking.
Journalists follow young refugees at the Hungarian border.
Objectivity and balance aren't enough when it comes to teaching journalists about ethics.
Coverage of slain TV journalists from the station where they worked.
The shooting of two TV journalists prompts a broadcast communication professor to draw insights on ethics and personal safety and pass them on to aspiring journalists.
Sarah Koenig, newly minted radio celebrity.
Serial, Meredith Heuer
The final episode of Serial, the most successful podcast in history, went live at 10.30am GMT on December 18. Twitter reported that offices, train platforms and sidewalks around the world fell silent…
Cosby’s power cannot be overestimated.
In the awful narrative around the allegations of sexual assault and rape made against iconic American entertainer Bill Cosby, a major theme has been the perceived failure of the media to challenge him…
The picture Mazher Mahmood’s lawyers didn’t want you to see.
Well, there was a lot of mucking about, but Panorama has finally broadcast its exposé of Sun on Sunday journalist Mazher Mahmood, widely known as the “Fake Sheikh”. The programme had been scheduled for…
Accurate, impartial and ethical journalism is still possible – and can even be easier – in the faster online news cycle.
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In the digital age, one of the most complex challenges for media outlets is how to re-shape the editorial responsibilities of journalism itself. Are the hallmarks of good journalism – accuracy, independence…
People want answers, but the media has a responsibility to protect.
Suicide researchers are a robust group. We have to be. We are employed, often for years at a time, to think about death by suicide with the aim of finding patterns that can help to prevent further deaths…
Sensitive reporting is required when reporting suicide.
The death of much-loved improviser extraordinaire Robin Williams at his own hand seems to have given some newspapers a green light to “go off on one” – delving into his psyche with gay abandon, detailing…