EJN Annual report 2018-19 | Ethical Lessons for Media in Coverage of the Terror Attacks in Christchurch | EJN magazine on media ethics.
18 April 2019
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.
The major EJN achievements during the past year include:
Establishing with Turkish media partners the ground-breaking Coalition for Ethical Journalism in Turkey, proving that even in hostile conditions ethical journalism is a source of solidarity for news media;
Supporting and preparing policy on media ethics as a bulwark for democracy through the Declaration for Information and Democracy launched at the Paris Peace Forum (November 2018) and endorsed by a number of governments;
Preparing a blueprint for future journalistic work through a course on Ethics and Data Journalism that will bring artificial intelligence and the social intelligence of journalists together in a new values-based framework for media work;
Working with media across the Western Balkans to identify trustworthy and ethical media leading, in March, 2019, to the Launch of the Balkan Network of Trusted Media, supported by more than 40 leading news media;
In the UK submitting evidence to the high-profile, government-commissioned Cairncross Review, which proposes a radical rethinking of how to fund journalism – particularly at a local level – and points the way to a sustainable future for journalism;
Working with Chinese media, journalists and media academics to develop practical tools to raise awareness of ethics and self-regulation;
Successfully launching the EJN’s Ethical Media Audits – a tool to improve transparency and governance in the ownership and administration of media – with an independent news leader in Jordan;
Opening the first phase of a two-year project to promote independent journalism in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in partnership with the Evens Foundation.
The strengthening of our programme with UNESCO and the European Federation of Journalists to support independent media in the Western Balkans targeting self-regulation and good governance. This year activities were focused on Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey;
The President’s Notebook:Ethical Lessons for Media in Coverage of the Terror Attacks in Christchurch
The President’s Notebook is Aidan White‘s blog about media ethics, the future of journalism.
One month after the mass killing of 50 people at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, media are still considering the major ethical challenges facing journalists trying to cover terrorist violence in the age of the Internet.
The killer, in this case, was tech savvy. This self-confessed white supremacist chose to spread his message rapidly and deployed the full range of online tools for this purpose by live streaming the attack itself on Facebook and by circulating online an incendiary 74-page manifesto of hate.
Media covering the incident had to make sure they did their jobs as journalists and told the story of what was happening, but did not amplify the message of hate or assist the circulation of propaganda.
In Britain, some media woefully failed this test of their professionalism.
Dorothy Byrne chairs debate at the Frontline Club to launch the magazine in London
In the seventh of our series of ‘Ethics in the News’ events at the Frontline Club in London, we brought together authors from the EJN’s latest report to discuss ethics and the key challenges in fighting for the future of journalism.
Chaired by Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, the discussion featured Salim Amin, Aidan White, Chris Elliott and Hannah Storm.
- Reporters in the Field - The grant for your cross-border research (Robert Bosch Stiftung)
- Reporting on Vulnerable Children in Care (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
- Call for proposals: Media and Information Literacy for Civil Society Organisations in 5 Western Balkan Countries (SEENPM)
- Global Conference: Call for Research Papers/Abstracts (GIJN)
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