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Newsletter 26th February 2021

Rusbridger tells EJN Panel: Facebook needs to be cut some slack on news and regulation

The former Guardian Editor-in-Chief was a panellist with award-winning journalist Carole Cadwalladr, free speech expert and author Jillian C York, at the EJN event which was moderated by Meera Selva of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

“I'm probably prepared to cut Facebook and the other companies more slack because I think that there are valuable things that they're doing. I don't see them as evil incarnate”. That was the view of one of the members of the Facebook Oversight Board, Alan Rusbridger, during an Ethical Journalism Network debate on social media, journalism and regulation.

The former Guardian newspaper Editor-in-Chief was responding to the investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who accused Facebook of being a bad actor who is exploiting the good intentions of people who are sat on the board.

“Facebook has tried everything to avoid Parliamentary accountability,” she warned, “That slipperiness, that evasiveness and refusal to answer to lawmakers puts it into a special case. It’s not acting in good faith.”
                            READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
Watch the full panel from our Youtube channel.

New Director sought for Ethical Journalism Network

The Ethical Journalism Network is seeking a Director. The EJN is a small but important charity, which supports journalists around the world striving to uphold ethical practices in order to build public trust in good journalism. Read more about our work here

The Director leads and manages the EJN on behalf of its board, representing the organisation on public platforms and in the media:
  • Developing and delivering international programmes of activities relating to media ethics;
  • Managing relationships with funders and reporting on the impact of our work to both funders and the board;
  • Managing the EJN’s relationships with its global network of supporters and strategic partners;
  • Managing the teams delivering project work.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic self-starter who shares the aims and values of the Ethical Journalism Network
 Essential qualities include:
  • Understanding of working in a not-for-profit organisation;
  • Understanding of the media landscape, including social media and multi-media journalism;
  • Some business management experience;
  • Experience of fundraising and managing relationships with funders.
  • Ability to liaise with a wide range of supporters globally;
  • Good communications skills, including multi-media communication.
This role is UK-based and candidates must have the right to reside in the UK and be prepared to travel when Covid restrictions are lifted.
Salary: £50,000
Interested individuals should send a CV and covering letter to by March 12.

Conversations around ethical journalism have traditionally focused on the content created by people in the media. But until we really start recognising the link between the cultures in place in newsrooms and the content created, we are doing a disservice to any discussion of journalism ethics.

Click here to read the full article by EJN Director Hannah Storm from our Annual Review.

Hannah Storm – EJN Director and CEO

The Ethical Journalism Network is an alliance of reporters, editors and publishers aiming to strengthen journalism around the world. We work to build trust in news media through training; education and research because we believe that fact-based communications delivered by well-trained and ethical media professionals are essential to help people better understand the world around them.

The EJN is a coalition of more than 70 groups of journalists, editors, press owners and media support groups from across the globe and we are growing. We are a registered UK charity and supervised by a Board of Trustees and an international network of advisors.

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