Topic archives: journalistic ethics

‘She is aghast’: journo who compromised murder trial faces music

August 30, 2016 2

The Yahoo7 reporter who caused the jury in a murder trial to be dismissed through sloppy reporting has faced court. And the judge says he's not buying her excuse.

Boris Johnson started EU-bashing before it was cool

June 20, 2016 2

Boris did not invent euroscepticism, but he perfected it.

How Fairfax and Paul Sheehan bought the lies told by “Louise”

February 29, 2016 16

Fairfax has today apologised for publishing the story of "Louise", who said she'd been raped by Middle Eastern men. But alarm bells should have been ringing long before the article went to print, write Nicky Bryson and Myriam Robin.

Ethics questions for News as Martin Bryant’s sister quoted without consent

Ethics questions for News as Martin Bryant’s sister quoted without consent

December 16, 2015 22

The sister of one of Australia's most infamous murderers told a News Corp journalist she didn't want to be interviewed. But her quotes made it into the paper anyway.

James Button and APS <br>confidentiality

James Button and APS
confidentiality

September 18, 2012 7

James Button's account of his time working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is set to further strain the public service's rigid insistence on complete confidentiality. He talks to Crikey.

New Kid on the Block: Journalist Complaints? Get it off your chest

February 6, 2012

Journalist Complaints, launched just weeks ago, is an example of citizens taking the monitoring of the media into their own hands, in the absence of an effective regulator.

Protecting sources … when is a journalist not a journalist?

October 28, 2011 10

Just who is and isn’t a journalist is yet to be tested in court. One day, surely, it will be and that will be very interesting indeed. Is bad journalism, such as Andrew Bolt’s recent litigated inaccuracies, still journalism. Is good blogging journalism? Interesting questions.

Media soft-pedals approach to murky world of disclosure

October 28, 2011 5

I think in this saga the Herald Sun has been more clueless than culpable -- although sometimes deep cluelessness can itself be culpable.

Alarm over pharma-sponsored journalism at The Australian

Alarm over pharma-sponsored journalism at The Australian

October 27, 2011 2

Journalism leaders and researchers have raised concerns about a deal between the pharma industry group Medicines Australia and The Australian, which has led to direct sponsorship of health journalism.

Senate to re-open bloggers versus journalists

November 9, 2010 2

That tired "bloggers are not journalists" debate looks like it’ll surface in Australia’s Senate soon, thanks to the Greens. It’ll be annoying. But it’ll be a good thing.