Topic archives: journalistic ethics

Interviewing Helen Garner made me question the journalistic process

March 22, 2018 2

The author of Skin in the Game explains the slightly awkward process of learning how to interview Australia's best known true crime writer.

‘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

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.

Simons: it wasn’t unethical to name Grog’s Gamut

Simons: it wasn’t unethical to name Grog’s Gamut

September 28, 2010 49

As for Grog's Gamut, I don’t think the Oz has done anything unethical. Just mean. But there are other questions to be answered.

Warning! This article contains unsourced, unverified information from Wikipedia

August 17, 2010

Just what every discerning newspaper reader needs: hilarious warning stickers. They help distinguish between stories based on an unverified, anonymous tipoff and those written too close to deadline to check facts.

Hunger for a story v right to privacy: can the media balance both?

Hunger for a story v right to privacy: can the media balance both?

August 6, 2010 3

Am I wrong in thinking that there is a change coming in attitudes to the thing that so many in the community regard as an oxymoron: journalism ethics? Paul Keating offered an unassailable argument for sensible privacy legislation.

Journalists are overly precious

June 22, 2010

Many professions face public criticism, yet journalists seem to take personal offence when their own work is called into question. How can they dish it daily but not take it themselves?

Holmes: Getting to the source of it

June 10, 2010

Jonathan Holmes tells the story of his trip to Argentina in 1978 to report on government's killings and kidnappings. A key witness appeared, but who could guarantee a source's safety?

Journalists condemn Channel Seven

May 28, 2010 25

Journalists around the country have signed their names to an open letter condemning Channel Seven's exposure of NSW MP David Campbell, writes Jenna Price.

In defense of journalists stalking Sarah Palin

May 27, 2010

Journalist Joe McGinnis is writing a book about Sarah Palin. What better way to get to know her than by moving in next door? Palin is pissed, but Jack Shafer reckons it's fair (a a little grubby) game.

“This is cool” vs. “smells funny” science stories

May 25, 2010

Are "news you can use" science stories the best way to engage the masses on otherwise nerdy topics? Or just cheap populism at the expense of "serious" science journalism? A defense of popular science.

Greenslade: When tabloid journalism gets it right

May 25, 2010

The News of the World's expose on Fergie trying to sell off access to Prince Andrew for £500,000 was all above board, says Roy Greenslade. Sometimes journalists are justified in using entrapment.