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Media Ethics

Conflict, Ethics and Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.30.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media aren't facing up to their responsibility of not fanning the flames of hate speech and sedition, and should exert more effort to mitigate conflicts they help provoke.

Could Donald Trump Change Journalism for the Better?

The Conversation US | Posted 04.25.2016 | Media
The Conversation US

It is unsurprising that wherever Donald Trump goes, headlines follow. But what is particularly interesting is just how many of those headlines involve the practice of journalism and journalists themselves.

Portland Paper Whitewashes Role in WWII Internments as State Honors Rights Champion, Former Internee Minoru Yasui

Lawrence J. Maushard | Posted 03.29.2016 | Media
Lawrence J. Maushard

The Oregonian photo page from May 10, 1942 somehow, someway found smiling young internees effortlessly going about their daily lives behind barb wire ...

What Do Lebanese Information/Media Ministers Do?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.03.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's an intriguing question that continues to baffle those whose countries don't have ministries controlling how information and media work, and a fair number of Lebanese who find such institutions and their heads relics from a bygone age.

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

What's Your Ethical Type?

Mark Pastin | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Mark Pastin

As an ethics consultant, I've found that people often fall into one of four ethical categories. One type isn't necessarily better than another, but knowing a person's "ethical type" can help you predict how he or she will react in situations requiring ethical judgment.

A Citizen's View: The Responsibility of the Media in a Democratic Society

Terry Newell | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Despite complaints about politically predictable reporting, however, there is nothing new here under the sun.

Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

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 metho...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.23.2016 | 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.