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True crime’s influence on an era of internet sleuths raises ethical concerns
1 year ago

True crime’s influence on an era of internet sleuths raises ethical concerns

In a genre constantly questioned for its ethics, how should people go about being respectful consumers?
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

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Journalists agree that they have to avoid glorifying perpetrators in news reporting. But gaps in best practices continue to appear in coverage
A case study in nondisclosures
4 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
4 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…
How do we hold news media accountable?
5 years ago

How do we hold news media accountable?

Coverage of the Toronto van tragedy demonstrates how ethical lapses erode public trust, writes Amira Elghawaby.
A Disappearance in Damascus grapples with some of journalism’s toughest ethical questions
6 years ago

A Disappearance in Damascus grapples with some of journalism’s toughest ethical questions

By  •  Ethics, Work
Deborah Campbell, A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War. Knopf, 2016. 352 pages. $28.32. By Jane Gerster “Do you think anything you write will make a difference?” A young Iraqi interpreter…