The Ethical Nuances of Reporting on Extremism: Handling Holocaust Deniers, and Other Voices from the Fringe

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By Natalie Shure After the December 3 episode of daytime talk show Katie questioned the safety of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus vaccine, prominent journalist and host Katie Couric became the target of public outcry. Many reporters, like Time Magazine’s Alexandra Sifferlin, argued that Couric unethically legitimized the scientifically unfounded arguments of anti-vaccination advocates by giving [...]

Covering Hate

National Socialist Movement members pose for a group photo at a June 2009 "Meet & Greet" in Tupelo, Miss (Courtesy  of Southern Poverty Law Center)

By Bogdan Mohora After more than 30 years as a reporter, Lauren Donovan found herself immersed in unfamiliar territory. She had been tipped off that a well-known white supremacist and neo-Nazi had been quietly buying up land in a small North Dakota town with the aim of creating a white nationalist community. Over the course [...]

Dark history hangs over tycoon’s plan for Balkan mega-mall

Lucija Rajner (L), Marijana Sibinovic (R) and Teodor Kovac talk on the site where their fathers were interned in Topovske Supe, a WWII-era Nazi concentration camp for Jews in Serbia's capital Belgrade, July 29, 2013.
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By Valerie Hopkins [Editors Note:  After participating in the 2013 FASPE Journalism program, Valerie Hopkins took a position as a reporting intern with Reuters in Serbia. Here is a story that she wrote for Reuters, published by the UK edition on August 15, 2013, that very much reflects the values and lessons of FASPE.] BELGRADE [...]

The Documenter and the Documented: not an equal relationship

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By Claire Ward In the summer of 2012, I traveled to Zambia to independently film the activities of Colalife, a charity that had been peddling an innovative idea to the media: they were going to design a package for basic medicines that fits between bottles of crated Coca-Cola. The idea was to facilitate more effective [...]

Structuring Page One: How newspapers prioritize disaster events in the digital age

Comparison of circulation figures.

By Beth Cortez-Neavel On April 15 the Associated Press predicted participants in the 117th Boston Marathon would have the “perfect running weather” – cloudy and somewhere in the mid-50s – by the time most of them reached the finish line. The race began at 9 a.m. That afternoon, news media all over the country were [...]

Jailhouse interviews: The ethics of interviewing murderers and child molesters

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By Anna Boiko-Weyrauch In the fall of 2009 the Seattle area experienced a rash of cop murders. Less than a month apart two men went on shooting sprees, resulting in the death of five police officers sitting in their patrol car or at a local coffee shop. Jonathan Martin, a reporter for the Seattle Times, [...]

A Doctor’s Notes: The royal baby and the twins of Panna

Pooja's home in Panna.  (Harman Boparai/GlobalPost)

By Harman Boparai [Editor's Note:  This is the third in a series of posts about child health in India written by Harman Boparai, a 2013 FASPE Journalism Fellow and Globalpost health reporting fellow, who travels to India, where he once practiced as a physician, to take a deeper look at child health in his home [...]

When Journalism and Memoir Collide: A Conversation With Edmund de Waal

Cover of Edmund de Waal's novel, published in 2010.

By Anna Silman In today’s turbulent media climate, the boundaries that once demarcated “objective” journalism from the more “subjective” realms of memoir and narrative nonfiction have thinned. Editorializing and point-of-view journalism have become survival techniques for a flailing industry. We are witnessing a shift toward a more hybrid journalism that prioritizes the writer’s voice and [...]

To Survive or Report: A Daily Decision for Mexico’s Journalists

Three of the 28 journalists killed in Mexico since 1992: Luis Emanuel Ruiz Carrillo, Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero, and Valentín Valdés Espinosa.  (Source: CPJ)

By Allison Griner Karla Zabludovsky’s mother urged her to pursue a different career path, one that wouldn’t brand her as a target for drug cartels and corrupt officials. Zabludovsky, 28, is not a politician, a drug enforcement agent or a cop. She is a journalist in Mexico. A gnawing feeling of unease “happens in pretty [...]

How important is the story? The case of Wiera Gran, the survivor who just wanted to be left alone

Agata Tuszyńska, author of Vera Gran: The Accused.  Photo from www.Polki.pl

By Gosia Głouszek   It’s the spring 2003. After weeks of phone calls, Agata Tuszyńska will finally have a chance to conduct an interview for a biography she is writing of Wiera Gran, a Polish-Jewish singer, who was very popular in Poland before and during World War II. Gran is now in her 90s, sick, [...]

What The Times Could Have Gleaned From the Jewish Press

Historians and New York Times editors themselves have documented the paper’s dearth of front-page coverage for Holocaust atrocities during World War II. Apart from the varied historical reasons for this omission, journalists of today can learn meaningful lessons by contrasting the Times’ treatment of Nazi brutalities against the Jews with that of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. (photo by Tobias Salinger)

By Tobias Salinger Readers of the Jewish press would have been horrified to read the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s November 1941 story of the murder of the Jews in Kiev. The news service was the first to report the event that would be known as the Babi Yar massacre after the ravine on the outskirts of [...]

Rethinking the Reader’s Role: Ethical Lessons from the Curation of Holocaust Memorial Sites and Museums

Entrance to Auschwitz I.  Photo by Kelly Moffitt

By Kelly Moffitt I’d spent a year studying the impact of participatory journalism on the concept of journalistic gatekeeping before I finally understood how it must feel to be a reader and not a writer of news. In pursuing my Master’s degree in journalism, I’d professed to understand readers’ wants and needs from the news [...]

Paid news — The scourge of Indian media

Vice-President Hamid Ansari speaking at the 17th biennial NUJ.  Source: http://www.lenseye.co

By Abhijit Mazumdar The Indian media has in recent months been trying to grapple with one of its greatest ethical challenges: the phenomenon of “paid news.” Let us first understand the practice, which has the potential of inflicting unacceptable casualties on ethics governing the concept of media. Most of paid news in the Indian press [...]

How far has the U.S. come?

"Judgement at Nuremberg" premiered on American televisions on March 7, 1965, the same day as civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.

By Byron Wilkes   On March 7, 1965, the television premiere of the film “Judgment at Nuremberg,” then being viewed by 48 million Americans, was interrupted by a 15-minute newsreel of events that had occurred earlier in the day. The TV network ABC’s newsreel leaves little to debate. It depicts, mostly without narration, uniformed men, [...]