The Impact of Grief Journalism on its Subjects – Nicole Moreham and Yvette Tinsley

22 05 2019

The depiction of grief and intense anxiety is commonplace in modern journalism. Little work has been done though to examine the impact of the collection and publication of grief-focused coverage on those who appear in it. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting the Court of Protection: NB on Re NB – Barbara Rich

21 05 2019

At the beginning of April 2019, a Press Association report of an interim hearing at the Court of Protection provoked a number of newspaper headlines and outraged reactions, because it quoted a High Court judge, Mr Justice Hayden, as having spoken of a “fundamental human right” of a man to have sex with his wife.  Read the rest of this entry »





Prescription for journalists from journalists: Less time studying Twitter, more time studying math – John P. Wihbey

5 05 2019

File 20190430 136781 u6qok1.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1You hear a lot of heated claims and baseless generalities these days about what’s wrong with the news media. What’s seldom heard is what the underlying data indicate about true problem areas and where journalists need to improve. Read the rest of this entry »





How UK journalists compare with their German counterparts: new research – Neil Thurman and Imke Henkel

28 04 2019

File 20190424 19303 17t67jq.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The British press is regarded by the rest of the world as notoriously raucous. If you need an example of how raucous, the way British newspapers have reported Brexit is only one recent, if much-discussed, example. Read the rest of this entry »





Migrants and the media: what shapes the narratives on immigration in different countries – Rob McNeil

26 04 2019

File 20190426 194609 sjhjyi.png?ixlib=rb 1.1If you want to spoil a movie for yourself, wait for a nice dramatic moment and then imagine what it was like to shoot it: the cameras, sound and lighting crews all around; the portable toilets round the back; the half-finished bowl of crisps on the catering table. If a film is to succeed, it needs us to suspend our disbelief and not think about the process. Read the rest of this entry »





Byline Times: a new approach to journalism? – Paul Magrath

17 04 2019

Having been developed as an online journal, Byline Times has now launched itself into the physical newspaper world with a special Brexit Edition. They say: Read the rest of this entry »





Christchurch attacks provide a new ethics lesson for professional media – Denis Muller

6 04 2019

File 20190319 28505 2sy5jp.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Two basic rules of media ethics apply to the coverage of terrorism: avoid giving unnecessary oxygen to the terrorist, and avoid unnecessarily violating standards of public decency. Read the rest of this entry »





A closer look at the public interest defence – Jessica Lovell

3 04 2019

Section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”) gives defendants who have published material concerning matters of public interest a defence to an action for defamation.  The archetypal defendant in this context would usually be a professional journalist who has published a piece of investigative journalism.

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Journalism needs to practice transparency in a different way to rebuild credibility – Michael Palanski and Andrea Hickerson

31 03 2019

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Public trust in media continues to hover near all-time lows, driven by perceptions that the news industry is partisan and peddles inaccurate information (“fake news”), as well as ambivalence about news from social media. Read the rest of this entry »





Why news outlets should think twice about republishing the New Zealand mosque shooter’s livestream – Colleen Murrell

16 03 2019

Like so many times before with acts of mass violence in different parts of the world, news of shootings at two Christchurch mosques on Friday instantly ricocheted around the world via social media. When these incidents occur, online activity follows a predictable pattern as journalists and others try to learn the name of the perpetrator and any reason behind the killings. Read the rest of this entry »