Disturbing images may show the real situation to the readers. However, some people think journalists should protect the public and hold the disturbing images. Others may think that disturbing images reflect the reality and have its importance. There is actually no clear-cut right-or-wrong answer but journalists can refer to different guidelines and suggestions to decide… Continue reading Publishing Disturbing Photos
After journalists decide to run a suicide story, the use of language is the second thing they need to care about. Studies showed that an extensive coverage may ignite ‘copycat behaviour’. Therefore, journalists should be aware of the language used in the story. According to the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide, the report should not… Continue reading Language Used for Reporting Suicide
The World Health Organisation (WHO) publication on media coverage of suicide in 2008 verifies the links between media coverage and imitative behaviour, it stated that extensive coverage may influence copycat acts. Therefore, journalists need to be aware when covering the story on suicide. After a Canadian hockey player Rick Rypien committed suicide, most journalists avoid… Continue reading When Should Suicide be Covered?
When reporting news story on transgender people, the language used may become a challenge for journalists. For example, what pronoun should journalists use? The industry was confused at the beginning. However, most of the news outlet respect the preference of the subject and change the language used quickly now. In the MEDIA STYLE GUIDE from… Continue reading Appropriate Language to Use for Transgender People
In responsible journalism, it is important for journalism to remain fair unbiased. However, in some case, the source may have his or her bias and if journalists are not aware, their report will have the bias as well. Therefore, in order to handle the biases of sources and avoid skewing the range of viewpoints, journalists… Continue reading How should we handle the biases of sources and avoid skewing the range of viewpoints?
Interviewing is the most important process for journalists to gather information and produce news stories. In order to convince people to conduct the interview, journalists should tell the interviewees all the ways the interview may be used which is called informed consent. Informed consent means that (section 6.4.1, BBC Guidelines) ‘contributors should be in possession… Continue reading Should reporters tell interviewees all the ways the interview may be used?
Fairness and balance are the basic principles in journalistic context. According to the ONA (Online News Association) Ethics, Fairness means ‘that a journalist should strive for accuracy and truth in reporting, and not slant a story so a reader draws the reporter’s desired conclusion.’ Meanwhile, balance means ‘stories must be balanced in the sense of… Continue reading Fairness and Balance in Journalistic Context