Media Ethics Articles

Media bias is a real problem in many areas including both written and photographic content. The articles below illustrate how inappropriate some of the media can be covering sensitive issues.

UN human rights chief denounces Sun over Katie Hopkins ‘cockroach’ column _ Global development _ The Guardian

Media Ethics Alert_ Should Chinese Journalists Have Snapped Photos of Dead Pop Star_ _ College Media Matters

BBC News – More Telegraph writers voice concern

Also, here is more information about the SBS journalist sacked over tweets about Anzac Day

SBS presenter Scott McIntyre sacked over ‘inappropriate’ Anzac Day tweets

Boston bombing identification attempts on social media end in farce _ US news _ The Guardian

Tabloids

Read through Chaper 6 Australian Media Institutions pages 102 to 110. Then  read the following articles regarding tabloid newspapers, the Murdoch Inquiry and general related articles about regulation and self regulation. You do not have to read them all (but they are all very interesting!)

When you have read through these articles I would like you to summarise what you have read and your feelings about media ownership and the influence of Rupert Murdoch in particular. Try and write 500 words (you can write more but not less).

Canberra Times facing down a tabloid future_ _ Crikey
Sienna Miller stars with winning Leveson performance _ Crikey
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JK Rowling and Sienna Miller hit out at phone hacking inquiry
‘I heard her recorded message and shouted out, Milly’s alive’
British tabloids out of control, inquiry told
Investigation of political favours against News Ltd
Elle Macpherson’s adviser sacked by model after phone hacking revealed
More mob rage after the break _ Today Tonight
Knowledge is power, but be wary of who wields it

Privacy and Consent in a Media Age

As a class we finished reading through Chapter 4 Technologies and discussed various points in the chapter.

In particular we looked at how damaging releasing footage without consent can be to those who are unaware they are being filmed or have their private footage uploaded to the internet. In the mid 2000’s Star Wars Kid was a typical example of misue of video where a student had private footage uploaded to Youtube by a group of students who found the digital footage. He was humiliated by the footage but went on to achieve notoriety and have his footage watched by over 20 million people. It even promoted a fan club where others took the footage and insterted the original video into scenes from Hollywood Films.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU

We discussed viral video and how this works through mediums such as Youtube. We watched the Racism in America and in particular Racism in an Elevator  as an example of Viral Video. Youtube is increasingly becoming like a tv station with people establishign their own channels.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRfjLfyXYlA