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Ethics

There’s still something missing in debates around covering mass violence in Canada
2 years ago

There’s still something missing in debates around covering mass violence in Canada

By  •  Ethics
Journalists agree that they have to avoid glorifying perpetrators in news reporting. But gaps in best practices continue to appear in coverage
Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest
2 years ago

Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest

Narratives about the Women’s March and anti-Trump protests gave voice to protesters and significantly explored their grievances. Protests about anti-Black racism and Indigenous people’s rights received the least legitimizing coverage, with them more often seen as threatening and violent
Challenging our conventions around naming mass shooters
2 years ago

Challenging our conventions around naming mass shooters

Countries around the world value the public’s right to know. But that principle can look very different place to place
Here’s what the National NewsMedia Council decided in February
2 years ago

Here’s what the National NewsMedia Council decided in February

By  •  News, Ethics
Complaints about the accuracy of claims about colony collapse disorder in bees and allegations of racism in coronavirus reporting weighed and dismissed by the ethics body
Here’s what the National NewsMedia Council decided in December and January
2 years ago

Here’s what the National NewsMedia Council decided in December and January

By  •  News, Ethics
Toronto Sun missed chance to tell readers it had re-edited a story; County Weekly News put wrong byline on National Post column
Balancing privacy and transparency when reporting on minors
2 years ago

Balancing privacy and transparency when reporting on minors

Journalists on the challenges of holding the youth justice system to account
Stop spreading the sex trafficking myths derailing news coverage
3 years ago

Stop spreading the sex trafficking myths derailing news coverage

Journalists are still conflating sex work with exploitation. Here’s why we have to turn the page
A case study in nondisclosures
3 years ago

A case study in nondisclosures

(Disclosure: I’m the full-time paid publisher of Briarpatch Magazine, a volunteer board member of the Media Co-op, CEO of the currently inactive environmental consulting company Porpoise B Consulting, and freelance journalist. My partner is a designer for the CBC, not…
When not to publish graphic images
3 years ago

When not to publish graphic images

I regularly advocate for journalists to tell stories they see as newsworthy in the manner they see fit, because a key element of the journalistic skill set is the ability to determine news value. Making principled decisions about what is…
What the National NewsMedia Council decided in August
3 years ago

What the National NewsMedia Council decided in August

By  •  News, Work, People
Among complaints heard from the public was a question on the ethics of publishing an address.
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