Rana will discuss the challenges of working with journalists in extremely difficult circumstances around the region with Sarah Giaziri, Director of the Frontline Freelance Register, and Mark Hunter, who has worked with ARIJ to develop the ‘Story-Based Inquiry’ approach to investigative journalism.
The event will look at how ARIJ tries to build trust with audiences despite often having to publish their investigations internationally rather than in national media due to self-censorship and restrictions on press freedom.
Rana will give an inside track on how her team approaches their investigations and what she has learnt from the last 14 years of running ARIJ, through the lens of some of ARIJ’s most successful investigations.
Media self-regulation in South East Europe: a guide to best practices for the digital age
As part of the EJN's Trust in Media in South East Europe project with UNESCO, European Federation of Journalists and other partners, UNESCO have published "Media self-regulation in South East Europe: a guide to best practices for the digital age". The publication includes recommendations on:
- Adapting ethical standards for the digital age
- Rewarding compliance to ethics
- Developing international cooperation
- Investing in Media and Information Literacy
By Mark Lee Hunter and Luk N. Van Wassenhove for the GIJN website:
"No discussion is more tiresome for journalists than the one about how no one can be truly objective. The good news is that if current trends continue, we won’t have to hear it anymore. Objectivity is morphing into a radically new form.
Our received concept of objectivity requires an ethical stance of neutrality and “fairness,” an arm’s-length, non-judgmental distance toward the sources, targets and outcomes of our work. That wasn’t how it started. As Dan Schiller showed, “objectivity” began as a justification for publishing sensational crime news in the 1840s, then supported a commercial strategy, because a partisan journal necessarily has a narrower audience than a neutral one. Even then, objectivity became a standard in American journalism only when biased and corrupt reporting became a national scandal in the 1920s. The term has lately disappeared from the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists,though the ideal of fairness remains."
Aidan White interviewed by Spanish daily, La Vanguardia, on how journalism can fight misinformation
On April 30th EJN founder Aidan White spoke about combatting misinformation at a meeting organised by the Catalonia Press Council in Barcelona. After the meeting, he was interviewed by Spanish daily, La Vanguardia.Read the article here.
On World Press Freedom Day, Journalists Must Say Enough Is Enough
"We must walk the walk not just talk the talk. We need to hold ourselves accountable as well as those we report on. We have a responsibility to the audiences we serve and to the wider public to be truthful and accountable, transparent and independent, to root our work in humanity and the basic principles of ethical journalism as we educate ourselves and others about the role of journalists and what is at stake when press freedom suffers."
EJN Annual report 2018/19: Ethics and the Fight for the Future of Journalism
Our year in numbers:
Over the last year, the EJN reached far more than the participants through our core activities than ever before. We carried out 166 programme-related actions (50 more than the same period last year) where the EJN had direct contact with our target groups – journalists and media executives; media academics and students of journalism; policymakers and civil society groups totalling over 7,100 individuals.