Ethical reporting of sensitive topics / edited by Ann Luce.
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
xiv, 294 pages ; 24 cm
- Journalistic ethics.
Violence -- Press coverage.
Crises -- Press coverage.
Climatic changes -- Press coverage.
Natural disasters -- Press coverage.
Social problems -- Press coverage.
Science -- Press coverage.
- Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics explores the underlying complexities that journalists may face when covering difficult news stories. Reporting on issues such as suicide, sexual abuse, or migration is a skill that is often glossed over in a journalist's education. By combining theory and practice, this collection will correct this oversight and give journalists the expertise and understanding to report on these subjects responsibly and ethically. Contributors to this volume are an international group of journalists-turned- academics, who share their first-hand experiences and unique professional insight into best ethical journalistic practice for reporting on sensitive topics. Drawing from a range of case studies, contributors discuss the most appropriate approach to, for example, describing a shooter who has killed a group of schoolchildren or interviewing someone who has lost everything in a natural disaster. Readers are invited to consider factors which have the potential to influence the reporting of these sorts of topics, including bias, sensationalism, conflict of interest, grief, vulnerability, and ignorance of one's own privilege. Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics aims to support all journalists, from students of journalism and individuals encountering a newsroom for the first time, to those veteran journalists or specialist journalists who seek to better their reporting skills.
- Introduction / Ann Luce
Ethics, Responsibility and Self-Care. Journalism Standards on the Job / Chris Frost
Learning to Cope with the Tough Times / Lyn Barnes
Reporting Sensitive Topics. Reporting Child Sexual Abuse / Amanda Gearing
Reporting Suicide / Ann Luce
Reporting Violence. Reporting Mass Shootings / Glynn Greensmith
Reporting Urban Violence and Gangs / Mathew Charles
Reporting Health. Reporting "Critical" Health Journalism / John Lister
Reporting on Drugs, Diets, Devices and Other Health Interventions / Kim Walsh-Childers
Reporting Science and the Environment. Reporting Controversial Science / Shelley Thompson & Hilary Stepien
Reporting Climate Change / Bob Wyss
Reporting Natural Disasters in the Digital Age / Amanda Gearing
Reporting Cultural, Ethnic and Geographical Difference. Reporting on "Other" Cultures / Alex Wake
Reporting on International Migration / Jeremaiah Opiniano
Conclusion: Further Hints and Tips.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Luce, Ann, editor.
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