3 January 2017
Happy New Year! 

Later this week the EJN will be launching Ethics in the News an in depth look at the hot ethical issues from the last year and providing tips and guidelines for journalists. We released the chapter, on Refugee Images, on December 18th to mark International Migrants Day.

The full report covers a range of subjects including obvious issues like Brexit and Trump but also lesser covered stories such as honour killings in Pakistan, hate speech in Hong Kong, as well as a chapter on protecting sources written by 
Ewen Macaskill on his dealings with Edward Snowden.

Look out for the press release later this week or email me if you would like an advanced copy.

Tom Law - EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications



In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote and performed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. People loved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped would happen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox” asks whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes.

‘Algorithms are like a very small child. They learn from their environment.’
One of the many pressing issues facing media over the last year is the nature of the algorithms that govern our lives and the lack of transparency about how they are made. The helpful people at the Columbian Journalism Review included this excellent article investigating algorithms in their highlights from 2016

"While internet users may be resigned to these algorithmic overlords, journalists can’t be. Algorithms have everything journalists are hardwired to question: They’re powerful, secret, and governing essential parts of society."

With nearly 100 journalists killed in 2016 (IFJ) and at least 259 journalists jailed of the course of the year (CPJ) there are often circumstances where journalists need to be remain completely anonymous and hidden online. If you are looking for up-to-date advice on this the Comparitech got in touch of the holidays to recommend Paul Bischoff's latest blog on the subject

If you are looking for ethical reflections on 2016 and like lists, look no further than these three beauties from our friends at iMediaEthics:

Meanwhile, Craig Silverman is at it again at BuzzFeed with the 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook From 2016, 23 of which were focused on US politics.
Dear Morning Joe (the sequel):
"No matter the details of appearing at the party versus partying there, Scarborough and his panel are still blind to the appearances of his relationship to Trump." - Jeff Jarvis writes an open letter to Joe Scarborough from MSNBC after he spent 20 minutes of his programme defending himself against accusation of being to close to Donald Trump.
10 resolutions for managers leading newsrooms in 2017 (CJR)
Journalism 2017 and the long way home (Medium)
NIGERIA: Media Rights tasks media owners, NUJ on training, safety of journalists (The Guardian)
CANADA: Press freedom in Canada eroded by post-9/11 obsession with security (CBC)
US: How The Media Elevated Anti-Immigrant Nativist Groups (Media Matters)
CHINA: Chinese whispers: How China is using the media as a form of soft power in Australia (Hong Kong Free Press)
INDIA: Journalist Shares Insights into Her Reporting on Maoist Conflict (Benar News)
PAKISTAN: The sensationalist Pakistani media (Daily Times)
UK: In 2017, further interference from the state could spell the end for press freedom (Independent)
TURKEY: 'Worst country' for media freedom in 2016 (DW)
EGYPT: The creation of council with authority to strip broadcasting rights comes amid rising concerns over press freedom, according to Al Jazeera reports. The new law, Ahram Online reports, mandates the creation of three regulatory bodies to oversee the country’s media outlets. In very different circumstances the EJN’s Director, Aidan White, wrote a Guide To Self Regulation for Egyptian Media in 2011 in collaboration with UNESCO and colleagues in Egyptian media. 
2017 World Journalist Fellowship
Deadline: January 4th
Open to all international journalists with two years experience at a journalism publication; fluency in English and at least one other language required. This fellowship provides two semesters of tuition, plus a stipend for study at one of the masters programs at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Visit the NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute webpage for additional details:
What’s your idea? Apply now for 2017-2018 RJI Fellowships
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with us on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. We’re giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on solving problems created by filter bubbles, fake news and mistrust of the news media; however, we also invite submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.
Successful collaborations are often in one of three categories but are not limited to the following:
  • Transformation of an idea into a market-tested prototype.
  • Development and deployment of a prototyped product or service into a substantial market test to prepare it for angel or venture investment or a full product launch.
  • Scholarly research that leads to publication of new understandings about the practice of journalism.
There are three types of RJI Fellowships for 2017-2018:
residential, nonresidential and institutional. Residential fellows spend eight months on the University of Missouri campus. Nonresidential fellows explore their ideas from their home or office, with an occasional visit to campus. The institutional fellowship allows an individual to remain at their post at a news organization or other institution while developing an idea.
Each fellowship includes a stipend. Residential fellows receive an $80,000 stipend and a $10,000 one-time housing or relocation allowance. Nonresidential fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, plus research and travel support. The institutional fellowship stipend — $20,000 — is paid to the company or institution and can be used for salary relief or for another purpose to best ensure the success of the fellowship project.
RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and foreign journalists. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2017.
Link to the announcement:
For International Migrants Day on 18 December 2016 we published Refugee Images – Ethics in the Picture which looks into the ethical issues around pictures of refugees.
Read the report here.

Migration coverage has been a key part of the EJN's work for over a year now; publishing Moving Stories; creating guidelines for migration coverage; and last month our report on Refugee Images

New Translations of the EJN 5-Point Test for Hate Speech

The Council of Europe, European Federation of Journalists, UNESCO, and other partners have helped us translate the EJN 5-point test for hate speech into 7 new languages including Albanian, Dutch, Indonesian, Macedonian, Serbian, Turkish, Ukrainian. The test is already available in Arabic, English and French.

Visit the Accountable Journalism database of codes of media ethics
L’etica della fotografia nella copertura mediatica della migrazione (Carta di Roma)
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