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Human Rights Comment : Ethical journalism: self-regulation protects the independence of media

Human Rights Comment : Ethical journalism: self-regulation protects the independence of media | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

"The media play an enormously important role in the protection of human rights. They expose human rights violations and offer an arena for different voices to be heard in public discourse. However, the power of the media can also be misused to the extent that the very functioning of democracy is threatened."

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What kind of journalism should the BBC do and not do? | Jane Martinson

What kind of journalism should the BBC do and not do? | Jane Martinson | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

James Harding’s comments after announcing he is to quit as head of news may suggest the corporation is going through a crisis of confidence

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We can no longer pretend the British press is impartial | Owen Jones

We can no longer pretend the British press is impartial | Owen Jones | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
The country is more leftwing than its press, which savages dissenting views and defends a discredited status quo. No wonder people look elsewhere, writes Guardian columnist Owen Jones
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"The problem with broadcast news coverage is that it treats the status quo as “neutrality”: the voices that departed from the consensus are to be checked for bias." (Owen Jones)
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Social media stars breaching rules on promoting brands, watchdog says

Rise in complaints as ‘influencers’ on sites such as Instagram and Twitter fail to declare that they are being paid to publicise products
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Fund launched to create independent media free from rightwing bias

Fund launched to create independent media free from rightwing bias | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Media Fund invites 21 outlets to become partners in cooperative, which aims to counteract ‘old system’

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Deal or no deal, Sky is the regulators’ hardest ever test

Deal or no deal, Sky is the regulators’ hardest ever test | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Karen Bradley has, as expected, referred the Murdoch bid to the authorities. But the issues it raises go to one of the most fundamental issues in media
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It's a case of "watch this space"! Peter Preston: "Expect six months more pondering and ring-a-roses, with maybe a few extra weeks on top. Much havering in the marsh. It’s a weird way for an allegedly buccaneering Brexit nation to do business."
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The BBC’s political influence is weak. That’s worth defending | Polly Toynbee

The BBC’s political influence is weak. That’s worth defending | Polly Toynbee | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Walking the BBC line of unbiased reporting is becoming harder by the week, as both leave and remain supporters tear apart every word of every story. Nor does being attacked by both sides guarantee that they always get it right
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Interesting reference by Toynbee to the question of "false balance", often cited in the context of reporting on climate change, in relation to Brexit coverage. 


"On Brexit questions of fact versus fantasy, how are BBC journalists supposed to balance reporting on actual bad effects happening now – the tumbling pound, finance HQs moving to EU capitals, Euratom and the medicines agency departing, vanishing EU nurses, imminent chaos at the ports – against vanishingly few putative Brexit benefits? BBC reporters are not obliged to split the difference between flat-Earthers and round-Earthers – or, these days mercifully, between climate deniers and climate change evidence. Making judgments on the likely truth of what they report is part of their job."

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Ofcom criticises UK broadcasters for 'woeful' lack of diversity

Ofcom criticises UK broadcasters for 'woeful' lack of diversity | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Women, minority ethnic groups and disabled people all under-represented, as BBC is accused of failing to lead the way

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Interesting plea from Ofcom Chief Executive Sharon White relating to generation of people wanting to get into the media inudstries: “We would call to industry across the board to move away from unpaid internships in order to broaden social class.”
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Iran freezes assets of BBC Persian staff in crackdown on journalists

Iran freezes assets of BBC Persian staff in crackdown on journalists | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Broadcaster condemns Tehran’s block on Iranian employees’ financial transactions after re-election of Hassan Rouhani

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"Iran is 'one of the world’s five biggest prisons for journalists', according to Reporters Without Borders. At least 10 journalists and 17 citizen-journalists are incarcerated." (Guardian)
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Four UK news sources among top 10 most trusted in US – survey

Four UK news sources among top 10 most trusted in US – survey | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Economist, Reuters, BBC and the Guardian rated highly by US readers, while Breitbart and BuzzFeed among least trusted
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I guess we just want to know how many people actually consult such esteemed sources. Is it enough to counter the spread of "fake news"?
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BBC expects backlash over stars' salaries but says they're worth it

BBC expects backlash over stars' salaries but says they're worth it | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Director general defends highest earners as corporation prepares to publish list which will show just a third of them are female

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BBC can expect attacks on more than one front: <"The BBC has defended how much it pays presenters and journalists as it revealed 96 stars earn more than £150,000 a year and just a third are female." It sounds as if those of a fragile disposition should switch off their social media accounts.
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Grenfell reflects the accountability vacuum left by crumbling local press | Emily Bell

Grenfell reflects the accountability vacuum left by crumbling local press | Emily Bell | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Decline of advertising revenue and changing perceptions of ‘quality journalism’ have left no room for much needed local reporting
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Stinging indictment of state of local media. "The decline of in-depth reporting about London’s richest borough is a microcosm of what has happened to local journalism in the UK and beyond – the pattern is the same from Kensington to Kentucky. "
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‘The situation is desperate’: murdered Maltese journalist’s final written words

‘The situation is desperate’: murdered Maltese journalist’s final written words | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
It seems that Daphne Caruana Galizia’s enemies finally decided that her courageous journalism needed to be silenced
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How far to go? Where to draw the line?
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How blurring of fact and comment kicked open the door to fake news | Roy Greenslade

How blurring of fact and comment kicked open the door to fake news | Roy Greenslade | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
In seeking to combat mainstream media output, which they regard as a form of fake news, readers have become ready recipients of fake news themselves
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A bleak outlook? "Once all news is identified as fake, then its fakeness becomes a matter of degree. This is the gateway to a perilous path leading to the triumph of Trumpism. Even facts can be adduced to be fake." (Roy Greenslade)
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If journalists take sides, who will speak truth to power? | John Harris

If journalists take sides, who will speak truth to power? | John Harris | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
The idea that those who seek to hold the mighty to account should be activists is dangerous, says Guardian columnist John Harris
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"The distinction between activism and journalism becomes dangerously blurred. Even among people fresh out of university, the “in” thing is seemingly to be a pundit rather than a reporter; in the online world, there are rather too many polemicists, and not nearly enough journalists."
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Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter

Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
The spread of rightwing blogs, claiming the shooter was an anti-Trump liberal, on to mainstream platforms is the latest example of hyper-partisan trolling after a tragedy
Gary Stevens's insight:
'Despite the fact that the claims were unproven and coming from non-credible sources, Facebook’s “Safety Check” page, which is supposed to help people connect with loved ones during the crisis, ended up briefly promoting a story that said the shooter had “Trump-hating” views, along with links to a number of other hoaxes and scams, according to screenshots. At the same time, Google users who searched Geary Danley’s name were at one point directed to the 4chan thread filled with false claims.' (The Guardian)
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Tom Watson urges newspapers to boost number of female political journalists

Tom Watson urges newspapers to boost number of female political journalists | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Just 25% of front-page stories in dailies in June and July were written by women, damning report shows
Gary Stevens's insight:
The Women In Journalism survey found that "in June and July just 25% of front-page stories in daily newspapers were written by women. Stories with female bylines tended to relate to health, the royal family and TV, while men dominated the coverage of the election, the London Bridge terror attack, and Grenfell Tower."
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Media should reflect all society, not just a typically male ruling class

Media should reflect all society, not just a typically male ruling class | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Research shows number of female bylines on British daily front pages has increased by just three percentage points in five years
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Research by Women in Journalism in 2012 found that "78% of all front page bylines were male. This year, a similar exercise over two six-week periods revealed that men were still writing 75% of all front page stories."
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BBC chair calls for end to abuse of journalists – especially women

BBC chair calls for end to abuse of journalists – especially women | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
David Clementi says politicians and social media organisations need to do more to stop ‘explicit and aggressive’ behaviour
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Speaking at the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge, Clementi said: “Speaking to our journalists, I have become increasingly aware of the abuse that some of them – particularly female journalists – are subject to on an almost daily basis.”
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Tabloid hate is damaging our society. The Sun’s advertisers must help stop it | Richard Wilson

Tabloid hate is damaging our society. The Sun’s advertisers must help stop it | Richard Wilson | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Trevor Kavanagh’s attack on Muslims is the latest in a line of articles that risk legitimising hatred. Companies must stop using our money to fund them, says Richard Wilson, director of Stop Funding Hate
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"One of the hallmarks of extremism is a tendency to project guilt onto a whole community for the crimes of individuals within that group. Calling an entire section of our society a “problem” is not just divisive, it risks legitimising hatred towards anyone who happens to be a member of that community."
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Radio silence: 24-hour broadcast of BBC World Service dropped in Hong Kong

Radio silence: 24-hour broadcast of BBC World Service dropped in Hong Kong | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

After four decades in the former British colony, BBC World Service is to be mostly replaced with China’s state radio channel

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"The change is highly symbolic, replacing one of the most respected news sources in the world with a media outlet replete with censorship and a mission to push the Communist party line." Interesting, from a personal perspective, to see the nostalgic reference to audiences learning English from the BBC.
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End of families gathering round the TV as binge watching grows

End of families gathering round the TV as binge watching grows | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Eight in 10 UK adults use streaming services such as BBC iPlayer or Netflix, says Ofcom, with 35% watching several episodes of a show once a week

Gary Stevens's insight:
Guardian headlines on the annual Ofcom Communications Market report. No mention of radio's continuing popularity! According to the report: "Despite the range of ways in which audio content can now be consumed, the reach of live radio remains extremely high. Nine in ten people (89.6%) in the UK listen to the radio at least once a week – listening has remained at this level for the past five years."
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Lenny Henry: Ofcom is practising 'fake diversity' with on-screen targets

Lenny Henry: Ofcom is practising 'fake diversity' with on-screen targets | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Comedian tells MPs that, in ignoring those who work behind scenes, regulator has ensured ‘nothing has really changed’
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Henry: “While the BBC’s official figures say 14.5% are BAME, the number of BAME people responsible for making the programmes we watch is probably closer to 1.5%,” said Henry. “The number of BAME people behind the scenes in our industry is at crisis level and we need Ofcom to do something about it.”
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Radio 1 at 50: golden oldies to return for celebration

Radio 1 at 50: golden oldies to return for celebration | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Familiar faces from Tony Blackburn to Sara Cox will feature on day of programming marking the station’s semicentennial
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Happy birthday Radio 1. Lots of info here: http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio1/radio_1_launch_day.htm

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Google will stop scanning content of personal emails

Google will stop scanning content of personal emails | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Company did read emails in personal Gmail accounts to target users with tailored adverts but said it would stop
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