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Media Ethics

Dear Journalists: Don't Be This Guy

Adam J. Rose | Posted 11.19.2015 | Media
Adam J. Rose

After a horrific tragedy like the one in Paris, your work should not scream, "Look at meeeee!" You, as a journalist, are not the story.

Cairo Seminar Wrestles With Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.11.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me." Journalists, academicians and activists at a seminar in Egypt this month would beg to differ, notably since hate speech by and via various media can take a life of its own and lead to untold damage.

Media Need To Change How They Cover Mass Shootings

Quartz | Gabriel Arana | Posted 10.02.2015 | Media

Another day, another mass shooting in America, and another round of endless news coverage speculating on the killers’ background, motives, and m...

Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

Six Problems With Media Coverage on the Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Katherine Koster

Look -- we get that you're under time pressure and for last minute news overviews, it's easier to just cut and paste from press releases. But if repeated research and in-depth features indicate that the press release is not a complete or accurate description of what happened, this becomes dishonest reporting.

Legal Battle Dogs Lebanese 'Fe-Male' Journalist

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.29.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Mirshad had worked on one of Khalifeh's shows at Al Jadeed (New) TV where she said she detected his male chauvinist and traditional ideas towards women before he moved to MTV Lebanon to host another program.

Is It Ever Acceptable For The Media To 'Out' Someone?

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Gawker is still reeling from the controversy surrounding a post, which has since been removed from the site, that revealed a male Cond&...

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.28.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Broadcast media are under intense pressure, given tight deadlines, security threats, competition and shrinking budgets. The key challenges are: How do we define media ethics and who sets the standards when the journalism of terror is becoming the new normal?

My Ironic Defense of Brian Williams

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.11.2015 | Media
Cenk Uygur

People think that Brian Williams is the problem because he exaggerated a war story about Iraq? Are you kidding me? The whole war was based on a monstrous lie that almost the entire media enabled and perpetuated. That's the real problem.

Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with painful new ironies and tired old remedies

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Media
Edward Wasserman

It's clear that the slaughter in Paris has managed to change the public policy subject, decisively, away from growing doubts over the wisdom of the endlessly renewable, insanely expensive, surveillance state that much of the non-jihadist world has drifted into since 2001.

What Sony and the NFL Have in Common

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

When money and judgment collide today, it seems we pretty much always go with the money.

Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The seminar that included participants from Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Turkey ended with an eight-point statement to combat hate speech and promote actions to further ethics, good governance and self-regulation.

News Media's Growing Facebook Co-dependency Challenges Journalism's Limits on Acquiring Information Ethically

Edward Wasserman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Both journalism and the business it's embedded in are built on information acquisition. But the ethical constraints that journalists are supposed to respect are incompatible with the approach taken by the commercial model they increasingly rely on.

War, Words, Vocabulary & Media Ethics

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ongoing wars require us to take a long, hard look at the language journalists use, to reassess the nouns, adjectives and verbs that are often misleadi...

On Being a Foreign Correspondent

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rachele Kanigel's "10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents" immediately drew my attention but her headline didn't quite mat...

Media Should Stop Showing Videos By Mass Shooters Like Elliot Rodger

Larry Atkins | Posted 08.03.2014 | Media
Larry Atkins

The most important reason not to show these videos is the element of copycat shooters. In the future, troubled and angry people might see the videos of Cho, the Columbine killers, and Rodger and decide to get their 15 minutes of fame as well.

Much Ado About Photoshop?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Last week the Lebanese government released an official picture of a newly formed cabinet (after more than 10 months of political stalemate) that reporters and bloggers spotted as photoshopped.

Coverage of 'Moral Injury' Among U.S. Vets Masks Disregard of Civilian War Suffering

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Why do the media have so little place in their editorial imaginations for the pain of these wars when the people hurting aren't ours? Why do they dwell on a bruised fist while ignoring the face it shattered?

Maybe Having Editors Go Head to Head With Politicians Is a Good Idea

Edward Wasserman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Edward Wasserman

We've ended up with a political regime in which arbitrary secrecy remains unchallenged and the news media are timid and frightened, so accustomed to a defensive crouch they can no longer stand up.

Lebanese Suicide Video on YouTube Sets Off Media Ethics Debate

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The blurry suicide video clip was unnerving but a Lebanese TV station led its primetime evening newscast with it, in its entirety, without any warning...

The US Panic Over Official Secrecy Is Uniquely Our Own

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

By the standards of other countries, the U.S. approach to official secrecy is ferocious. For leaking hugely newsworthy information to the press, Snowden could go to prison for life. Elsewhere, punishment for making official secrets public is less severe than the penalties here for driving drunk.

An Ethical Question

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.28.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It doesn't stop. Examples of unethical media behavior abound. Or do they? A brief video clip this week on Lebanon's LBCI TV's and New TV's nightly ne...

With Robert Sietsema's Departure, The Village Voice Loses A Voice of Integrity

Cathy Erway | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Cathy Erway

In an age of bloggers, Yelpers and Instagrammers, in which everyone has the means to add their two cents, it's easy to see the need for a higher order of food criticism.

Peephole Journalism: Limiting the Public Gaze

Edward Wasserman | Posted 06.23.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Each of us, if we have smartphones, can record and transmit video with more independence and greater reach than the top-tier broadcasters of a generation ago. We have the power to expose wrongdoing, and we also have the power to hasten the destruction of privacy.

Lebanese Journalists Trained to Cover/Uncover Corruption

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.