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…
For years, Talese’s subject, Gerald Foos, spied on his motel guests.
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When Gay Talese signed a confidentiality agreement with a motel-owning voyeur, he got access to the voyeur's journals and secret viewing perch. But he also allowed the spying to continue for over a decade.
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.
Twitter campaigns like #letthemstay pose difficult questions for journalists reporting on the issue.
With social media blurring the line between public and private more than ever, journalists need to think about how, and to what effect, they use advocacy hashtags in their messages.
Talking (pizza) head or journalist?
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Two ESPN NFL reporters ordered in on New Year's Eve. They just didn't tell anyone they'd been paid to do so.
Children’s Facebook accounts should not be open doors for journalists.
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Images taken from young people's Facebook are being used by the media with impunity.
A Greenpeace undercover investigation revealed that academics agreed to receive payments from fossil fuel companies – without disclosing the funding.
With the public’s confidence in the news media wavering, it's a tough line to toe.
#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.
Peter Dutton claimed that journalists should be ‘objective reporters of the news’.
Journalists commonly make three errors when it comes to speaking about objectivity in their craft.
In Tony Abbott’s worldview, it seems, a person’s freedom of speech depends whose side they are on.
In all the politicking and government attacks on the ABC for giving a platform to former terror suspect Zaky Mallah, the free speech debate has become confused.
Today FM faces enforcement action by ACMA after a long-running legal challenge to the media regulator’s powers ended in defeat for the broadcaster.
After a High Court win over Today FM, ACMA is likely to be able to deal more swiftly with this kind of case – and with less risk of incurring large legal bills.
Gillian Triggs has been subjected to sustained attacks from government MPs and The Australian newspaper in recent times.
The attacks on Gillian Triggs are the latest in a series of campaigns The Australian has waged against those in public life with whom it disagrees or against whom it has a grievance.
Julian Disney is preparing to depart as chairman of the Australian Press Council after five years in the role.
Julian Disney, the outgoing chair of the Australian Press Council, made a singularly powerful argument in his valedictory speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday: that freedom of the press is strengthened…
There are ways for the media to cover stories such as the Sydney siege without committing gross ethical violations.
AUST gets wake-call with Sydney terror. Only Daily Telegraph caught the bloody outcome at 2.00 am. Congrats.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) December 15, 2014 In one brutally insensitive tweet, Rupert…
Cult of Moloch - not in same league as Hamas.
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From debates concerning the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to the 1967 Six Day War’s titular reference to the days of creation, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has often been made to resonate with biblical…