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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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

Two Cheers for the News Ombudsman

Edward Wasserman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The reason ombudsmen matter isn't the direct way their reporting may serve the public, although some do. It's in the way their existence signals an acknowledgement that accountability is right there, at the core of news culture.

So Who's Paying All Those Unpaid Writers?

Edward Wasserman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

But I want to drag another consideration into the foreground: If the publications aren't paying for the journalism they publish, who is? I mean, all labor incurs costs.

Throwing Manning to the Wolves

Edward Wasserman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

He was a great source. His information was solid. The world's best news organizations believed it was of immense public value. So now he goes to jail, perhaps for life, and the media stand in silence?

The Washington Post Takes a Step Backward

Philip Seib | Posted 05.03.2013 | Media
Philip Seib

The public is being poorly served by the Post's decision. The ombudsman's job is important because it implicitly signals that a major news organization recognizes its power and wants to construct an internal check on the exercise of that power.

Dangers of the Bush Email Hacking

Edward Wasserman | Posted 04.28.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

We'll leave to the FBI and Secret Service the question of whether the hacking warrants legal reprisal. My interest is in what sort of respect Bush's privacy deserves from the media that received the hacked materials.

Advertising Goes Native, and Deception Runs Free

Edward Wasserman | Posted 04.01.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

"Native advertising" is all about deception. Even if, at some level, you understand they weren't put together by the magazine's staff, you're still expected to see them as partaking of the magazine's trustworthiness.

The Horrific Picture From the New York Subway

Edward Wasserman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Great news photos often come with a moral taint. Maybe it's the gaze they enable, the way they distill misery, desperation, injury, sorrow into mere spectacle. We look, but we're torn by contradictory impulses: To witness, and to avert our eyes.

Walking a Tightrope: News Media & Freedom of Expression in the Middle East

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

No entity could be walking a tightrope more than news media in the Middle East following a spate of uprisings, revolutions, regime changes and civil wars over the last two years.

Do We Have Sufficient Social Media Rules for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers?

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 02.09.2013 | Media
Scott B. Piekarsky

As an always continuing student and expert in the area of ethics, I feel that our rules and laws are too general, vague and non-specific for the Internet age.

Libel by Tweet

Edward Wasserman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

One-on-one talk, even mean-spirited, deserves protection. It's just private chatter, nobody's business but our own. But what about when thousands of people listen in?

New Poll Reveals Dismally Low Rating For Journalists

Posted 12.03.2012 | Media

Another poll released on Monday revealed the public's less-than-warm opinion of the press. A new Gallup poll on perceived honesty and ethical stan...

Leveson Inquiry Report Coming Next Week

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2013 | Media

* Public inquiry into media set to report next week * Judge likely to recommend new statutory press regulation * Cameron...

Debates Offer a Rare Moment of Transparency in Campaign Spending

Edward Wasserman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The problem isn't with the debates, it's with most everything else in the campaigns. The debates are grievously marginalized by the unstoppable mudslide of paid propaganda.