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Feb 20, 2012 - Posted by Jane Hawkes

He understands why we do it, but Paul Benedetti is having second thoughts about the ethics of interviewing children and youths. Benedetti is an award-winning columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and program co-ordinator for the Graduate Program in Journalism at Western. He’s struggling to put his finger on exactly what’s making him uneasy – but he says his sense of unease is growing.

Apr 08, 2011 - Posted by Sue Ferguson
Globe and Mail education reporter Kate Hammer profiles a news website for kids in her article TeachKidsNews.com brings the world to the classroom. Developed by two Toronto teachers, and running stories on everything from the Libyan uprising to the state of Canadian hockey, the site is drawing traffic from around the world.
Oct 06, 2008 - Posted by Regan Ray
Childcare issues are being shoved to the back of the bus in this election, writes former Maclean's writer Sue Ferguson, as the news media let political leaders decide what is important and how those issues will be covered. 
Dec 10, 2007 - Posted by Sue Ferguson
How should journalists approach kids they want to use in their stories? J-Source Children and Media contributing editor Sue Ferguson tackles this murky legal and ethical issue in an effort to help journalists everywhere draw the line between representing a child's interests and exploiting kids for the sake of a story.
Dec 26, 2006 - Posted by Dean Jobb
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Experts says reporters sensationalize youth crime and contribute to the public misconception that teens are increasingly violent and out of control. Stephanie Cameron checks the facts behind the headlines in the King's Journalism Review.
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Children & Media

Stories involving children can force reporters to make tough choices. This section includes reflections on the challenges and rewards of writing about and for children, tips for reporting in age-appropriate and sensitive ways, some basic facts about children's rights and the media, and scholarly critiques of media treatment of children. Stay tuned for a list of sources and resources for journalists covering the kids' beat in Canada.