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A campaign to not name mass murderers is gaining traction

Created by family members of mass shooting victims, the campaign “No Notoriety” that discourages news coverage of the people who commit mass murders is starting to see progress. The No Notoriety campaign encourages journalists to “recognize that the prospect of infamy could serve as a motivating factor for other individuals to kill others and could […]

A response to people who get upset when reporters reach out to eyewitnesses of tragedies: ‘Reporters are rude during tragedies because they’re reporting’

Almost immediately after reports of a shooting at a community college in Oregon hit social media, reporters began contacting students who had tweeted from the scene. But that was met with contempt by some people who believed the eyewitnesses needed space in the middle of a tragedy. Sam Biddle writes that being a reporter often […]

Should errors on old stories still be corrected?

Steve Buttry asks, is there a statute of limitations on on correcting errors or updating flawed stories? Errors are often corrected soon after a story’s publication, but a flaw that’s pointed out years later may not be as likely to be corrected. Writing on a case involving The New York Times, Buttry writes that news […]

NPR ombud defends use of screengrab from WDBJ video

Though NPR did not use or link to videos from the WDBJ shooting, it drew criticism for its use of a screengrab taken from the shooter’s video. NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen says NPR showed the appropriate restraint is choosing not to air the videos, and says its use of the screengrab was justified. Jensen writes: […]

News organizations should alter the way they cover mass killings to avoid fueling copycats

The media coverage and social media surrounding the Virginia shooting was likely exactly what the shooter was aiming for, Zeynep Tufekci writes. Tufekci says media should reevaluate how mass killings are covered to prevent giving the killers the notoriety they seek, as well as preventing copycats. Tufekci writes: “This doesn’t mean censoring the news or […]

Alison Parker and Adam Ward are remembered as ‘the kindest and nicest people’ at WDBJ

You might have heard: Two journalists were fatally shot on Wednesday morning during a live interview in Moneta, Va. (CNN) But did you know: WDBJ general manager Jeff Marks says Alison Parker and Adam Ward were “the kindest and nicest people” at the station. Parker “cared about her stories and took a genuine interest in […]

A new framework for media ethics is needed because it’s not keeping up with changes in how we do journalism

Stephen J.A. Ward says “the tweaking of ideas and re-formulation of rules” in media ethics is a temporary fix to a bigger problem that requires rethinking media ethics. Ward proposes that new thinking needs to be developed in areas including the ethics of non-traditional news outlets, interpretation and opinion, and activist journalism. Ward writes: “When […]

The ethics of covering the Ashley Madison hack: Should the users’ privacy be respected by journalists?

Since the release of hacked data, including names, phone numbers, email addresses and partial credit card numbers, from Ashley Madison, a dating website for married adults, a variety of news outlets have covered the database. Gawker reported on Josh Duggar, New Orleans’ Times-Picayune outed a GOP executive director, and the Associated Press used IP addresses […]

Margaret Sullivan: NYT’s Amazon story needed more balance and context

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan writes that the paper’s story on Amazon’s culture is drawing strong reactions, both positive and negative, but says it ultimately needed more context and balance. Some of that context was provided in a later article published Tuesday, but Sullivan says it should have been emphasized in the original […]

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