Category Archives: Minimizing Harm

Reporting On Hostage Situations

Media told to stay out of hostage situations: Michael Williams reports on a TV station’s Facebook contacts with gunman who kills four children and himself.

“The best practice is to report the situation from a distance,” says an ethics expert.

 

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Suicide Coverage Best Practices

Suicide coverage best practices: Kelly McBride reports that the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain prompt a look at best practices in reporting on suicide.

Suicide is not a natural or logical outcome of adversity, she writes. “Instead, include a message of hope: Recovery is possible. In fact, most people who think about suicide do recover.”

Spanish Digital Era Ethics Manual

Spanish digital era ethics manual: Paola Nalvarte writes that the International Center For Journalists published a guide on ethical principles.

“The document highlights credibility as a fundamental value of journalism in the twenty-first century.”

Hate Groups Manipulate Media

Hate groups manipulate media: Whitney Phillips warns that journalists covering hate groups unwittingly spread their hateful ideology and other false and misleading narratives “with news coverage itself harnessed to fuel hate, confusion and discord.”

 

Guarding Against Deepfakes

Guarding against deepfakes: Nicholas Diakopoulos writes that a media synthesis algorithm generates convincing but fake video.

“Dire as the case may be, it could offer a great comeback opportunity for mainstream media,” writes Diakopoulos. Trained journalists can act as validators and assessors of mediated reality the public can trust.

 

Domain Ad Fraud Spoofing

Domain spoofing remains a big source of ad fraud, writes Michael Tiffany.

“Cybercriminals use malware and other means to send bid requests to the RTB ecosystem that look like they come from browsers visiting major publishers,” he writes. “These spoofed bid requests attract real bids and make real money.” Ads.txt is a simple solution.

 

CBC Updates Standards

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation updates standards: Sydney Smith quotes source saying, “Given the extra scrutiny applied to journalism, there’s never been a time when standards in journalism have mattered more.”

Accuracy, fairness, balance and impartiality emphasized.

Guidelines include advice for using social media, new technologies like drones and bots and expand on the importance of respect and transparency.

 

Right To Be Forgotten

Right to be forgotten: Chava Gourarie writes about two British men who sued to keep their past crimes out of Google search results.

“As the first case to test the ‘right to be forgotten’ in England’s High Court, its outcome will likely set some ground rules in the roiling debate between personal privacy and freedom of expression on the internet,” she writes.