Articles about "Best Practices: Ethics and Diversity"

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Hyperbolic to sensitive, how news outlets treated dramatic car crash video

The 55-second cell-phone video of an SUV going the wrong way on the Interstate, smashing into a sedan and exploding into a fiery ball that killed five people quickly sky-rocketed to one of the most viewed videos ever on the … Read more

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Lessons learned from Grantland’s tragic story on Dr. V

By editor-in-chief Bill Simmons’ own admission, ignorance was the biggest mistake Grantland made in reporting and publishing the story of Dr. V and her innovative golf putter. Ignorance about one of the most vulnerable minority groups — transgender people.… Read more


BBC launches ‘expert women database’ to help its journalists diversify sources

The BBC has launched an "expert women database" and a related YouTube channel to try to get more female sources on air.

Emma Barnett writes that the database features the names of 60 women who attended BBC Academy's "Expert Women" training days, as well as contact information for 120 women who "showed promise" in their BBC Academy applications.

More than 2,000 women applied for the first training day, and only 30 spots were available. During the training, women received voice coaching tips and talked about their areas of expertise. The BBC Expert Women YouTube channel features some of these talks.

Barnett says it hasn't been easy getting more female subject matter experts on air. (more...)

Why journalists have trouble with bullying

Stories about bullying often follow a predictable narrative with a “villain v. victim” arc that leaves little room for nuance.

Slate’s Emily Bazelon raised this issue on Monday in her South by Southwest talk, “Digital Drama: Growing up in Read more


ONA winner highlights 5 ways to create interactives that inform & engage readers

Around the same time this summer that North Carolina voted to ban same-sex marriage, the Guardian published an interactive that showed just how differently each state defines gay rights.

The interactive displays information in ways that a traditional story … Read more

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How journalists can stop the spread of misinformation when reporting on the occult

Police in Fairfield, Conn., say new DNA evidence may help them catch the suspect who strangled a newborn boy and left his body by the banks of Lake Mohegan 26 years ago. But as police and reporters return the case … Read more


How to respond when the Internet calls you names

@shawnpwilliams Yeah, you’re a dumb n****r.

When I read these words written by a stranger last week, I wasn’t sure how to react. It wasn’t the first time I’d been called the n-word, but it was in a place that … Read more


How to interview, report on immigrants when you don’t speak their language

Growing up, I discovered the easiest way to get rid of someone soliciting from door to door: Just say your family doesn’t speak English. Most visitors turned away quickly.

Occasionally, a church group would really persist and invite themselves in. … Read more


Is new Essence managing editor the right person for the job? / Journal-isms
Michael Bullerdick, a white male, has been named managing editor of Essence, prompting Danielle Wright to ask whether he can represent the interests and views of the magazine's African-American, female audience. "Are you able to suggest topics that have been affecting the community for years? Can you reminisce or relate to the stories of historic Black women who overcame struggles and portray them accurately, and make suggestions to ensure that the story is told through a relatable voice? Are you able to manage pitches to ensure they won’t offend your African-American, woman audience?" Essence Editor-in-Chief Constance White, however, told Richard Prince that Bullerdick "is responsible for production and operational workflow. He has no involvement in editorial content."
Related: Prince examines white ownership and leadership of ethnic websites.
Photographers take pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama after he announced live on television the death of Osama bin Laden from the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2011. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Photographers debate what should replace staged photo opps now that White House is ending the practice

Calling it a “bad idea,” the White House has decided that it will no longer re-enact speeches for still photographers, as it did the night President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. That re-enactment was the subject of … Read more