In a pandemic or any other emergency, the first ethical duty of the media is to report accurately and soberly, and specifically not to induce unjustified anxiety or panic.
Journalistic ethics demand ‘objectivity’ in reporting – but language forces us to take a position.
The media treated the rape allegation against Porter as a political story and watched it play out in the political process — without identifying the attorney-general.
What to publish on incendiary issues is a complex matter, but journalists needn’t believe that not publishing, when there is a good reason, violates and inviolable right.
It’s not enough anymore for journalists to be mere watchdogs. Journalism must address subconscious social biases to give readers a fuller picture of what they need to know.
Media self-criticism is not just important to improve journalism, it is a political, professional and moral imperative.
Journalists use real people’s stories to ‘humanize’ the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic’s greatest threats.
Important news coverage or voyeurism disguised as journalism? It’s complicated.
The freedom of the press is important, and of course it must be protected. But the freedom of everybody else and of ordinary citizens is also important.
Does taking government money mean journalists owe the government something? A media ethics scholar examines the ethical questions about news organizations getting government help during the pandemic.
The NSW Court of Appeal’s Dylan Voller decision means the media may be liable for the hurtful things users write on social pages. This will have many media companies in a panic.
Now more than ever, the media should inform, not inflame.
Given the summer we have had, media acquiescence in climate change denial, and failure to follow the weight of scientific evidence, looks like culpability.
Here’s what you need to know before you share your mental health story, or ask others to share.
Was The Sun’s story about England’s Ashes hero an invasion of privacy?
As a crisis unfolded in the Sydney CBD, a journalist tweeted what she saw and heard, and was criticised for doing so. Here’s why she was right to report what she did.
The Australian Communication and Media Authority’s report into the conduct of Australian media in the aftermath of the Christchurch shootings is nuanced but very tame.
Although Kenyan media houses have various accountability systems in place, their implementation is weak and inconsistent.
A new study highlights the significant differences in attitudes between UK and German journalists.
On the day of the Christchurch mosque shootings, several media outlets repeatedly failed the test of necessity in showing graphic footage.