Category Archives: Minimizing Harm

Reporting Data With Integrity

Reporting data with integrity: Journalists trust data to support conclusions, but they can make wrong guesses about what the data meant, writes Stephen Rynkiewicz.

Ask if data are accurate, timely and relevant, he writes.

From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

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Woman In Journalism

Women in journalism: Women journalists in particular contend with unwanted presumptions, sexual harassment and the threat of gender-based violence, reports the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

“Listen to your internal radar.”

From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

 

Ethics of Purging From News Archives

Ethics of purging from news archives: A California editor says people want old stories about them removed from web archives.

Ethicist David Ozar says the first issue is what benefit archives offer a community as an historical record. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.

 

 

Sharing Content Without Thinking

Sharing content without thinking: “A complex web of societal shifts is making people more susceptible to misinformation and conspiracy,” writes Claire Wardle.

“Most of this content is designed not to persuade people in any particular direction but to cause confusion, to overwhelm and to undermine trust in democratic institutions from the electoral system to journalism. Users become “unwitting agents of disinformation.”

 

Reporting On Special Needs People

Reporting on special needs people: A complaint about a headline referring to a “wheelchair-bound man” caused a Canadian newspaper to caution its staff when reporting on people with disabilities, reported iMediaEthics.

The term is “antiquated and ableist” ruled Canada’s National News Media Council. Say “person who uses a wheelchair.”

 

Detecting Deepfake Videos

Detecting deepfake videos: Fake videos pose a grave threat to the 2020 elections, writes Olivia Beavers, unless media adopt policies to tell real videos from forgeries.

“In the internet age, newsrooms have scrutinized images and videos to determine whether they are authentic or fake,” she writes. “But deepfakes will be a more difficult challenge, particularly because artificial intelligence makes the authenticity of such videos indistinguishable to the human eye and forgeries harder to detect.”