29 November 2016

INSIDE ETHICS BLOG: When ‘alt-right’ Strikes the Wrong Note

Debate over how and when to use the term 'alt-right' intensified this week with AP, the Guardian and others publishing advice to their journalists. The AP suggest that journalists be precise and provide evidence to support the characterising such extremist groups as supremacists, racists and fascists. It concludes:

"We should not limit ourselves to letting such groups define themselves, and instead should report their actions, associations, history and positions to reveal their actual beliefs and philosophy, as well as how others see them."

For more background read our lastest blog. This week I am attending the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism meeting in Jordan. Follow @ARIJNetwork for updates over the next few days.  

Tom Law, EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications
The always interesting BBC Radio 4 Media Show this week features improving diversity at the most senior levels of the BBC; an interview with Sudanese journalist Yousra Elbagir the winner of this year's Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Prize; and Times columnist Hugo Rifkind on how he inadvertently spread "fake" news far and wide through a tweet on Donald Trump.
Nazi language becoming increasingly common in Germany's discussion of refugee crisis, researchers say (Independent)
Politics, Media and Ethics: A Troublesome Trio (Fair Observer)
Reuters built its own algorithmic prediction tool to help it spot (and verify) breaking news on Twitter (Nieman Lab)
How Much Disclosure About an Op-Ed Author Is Required? (NYT)

Code For Africa: You have until Dec 1 (TODAY) to submit ideas to the $1m InnovateAfrica fund for digital journalism.

Winners will receive up to $100,000 each in seed funding, along with additional technology support, business and editorial mentoring, and help accessing media markets across the world.

#innovateAFRICA is designed to help African media experiment with leapfrog technology, including mobile apps, 'bots, drones, sensors, 360° video, augmented reality, and data-driven journalism. The initiative also seeks to help African media diversify its business models, and deepen its engagement with audiences.

Applying is easy: just answer eight (8) simple questions, and tell us how much you need for your project.

Find out more here: $1 Million Fund Will Help African Media Leapfrog Digital Challenges

SOUTH AFRICA: 3,600 panties for 3,600 rapes per day in SA? Everything that’s wrong with this stat (Africa Check)

US: Covering the Trump era – with shrinking newsrooms (Politico)
US: Protecting Journalism from Donald Trump (New Yorker)
US: Washington Post Editor Has a Message to Journalists in the Trump Era (Vanity Fair)
INDIA: Journalists told not to undermine positive aspects of governance (The Hindu)
PAKISTAN: An attempt to highlight the unethical conduct of media practitioners (The Nation)

THAILAND: Meechai urges media outlets to self regulate (Bangkok Post)
EU: The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems (LSE)
ITALYMost Popular Political Party Is Leading Europe In Fake News And Kremlin Propaganda (BuzzFeed)
FINLAND: Finnish PM Sipila caught up in press freedom row (BBC)

LATVIA: Broadcasters concerned about interest in Russian media (The Calvert Journal)
UK: Ofcom could investigate 'huge challenge' posed by Google and Facebook (Press Gazette)
UK: Spin Is Dead, Long Live Spin: The New Political Conversation (Huffington Post)
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Ethical problems in advertising on the rise, study finds (University of Texas at Austin)

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
Ethical Journalism Network releases new guidelines for migration coverage (IJNET)
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