August 14, 2019
When does reporting become a megaphone for disinformation?
When it comes to websites with masked motives, can coverage do more harm than good? Recent discussions at First Draft tried to address this problem.
In the age of information disorder, newsrooms are facing new and difficult reporting challenges and pressing ethics concerns.
Some of the ethical questions faced in this era include: How can news organisations responsibly report on the attribution of disinformation campaigns? What are the best ways to cover sites that carry disinformation, while minimising amplification? When should journalists disclose their identities and motives while investigating closed groups?
As part of First Draft’s work building a resilient society against the impact of information disorder, we’re hosting global discussions called Standards Sessions with journalists and academics in London, New York and Sydney.
These events provide a space where participants can freely share ideas about how newsrooms should handle such issues.
We will collect the thoughts and suggestions raised to develop newsroom resources that address these ethical challenges.
If you want to join leading journalists and academics in shaping new standards for the contemporary newsroom, register your interest at one of our upcoming events:
Think we’re missing something? Let us know what else we should talk about at future Sessions by emailing [email protected]