Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Learnings From CJR Analysis of Post-ChCh Media

US Media Watchdog Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) has recently published a report titled: "What we learned from analyzing thousands of stories on the Christchurch shooting"

After the Christchurch massacre, CJR used Media Cloud, an open-source media analysis tool developed at MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, to analyse news sources to see how outlets complied with guidelines from groups that seek to limit the amplification of terrorist acts through media.

Method

CJR analysed 6,337 stories from 508 national-level English-language news sources in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

CJR coded for compliance with the following best practices:

1. Don’t publish the shooter’s name.
2. Don’t link to or publish the name of the forum that the shooter posted on to promote the attacks.
3. Don’t link to or publish the name of the shooter’s manifesto.
4. Don’t describe or detail the shooter’s ideology.
5. Don’t publish or name specific memes linked to the shooter’s ideology.
6. Don’t refer to the shooter as a troll or his actions as trolling.
7. Follow the AP guidelines for using the term “alt-right” (contain it within quotation marks or modify it with language such as “so-called” or “self-described”).

In addition, they coded for stories that “focused specifically on the victims or mentioned Islamophobia as a cause in the killings.”

Findings

The graph below shows what guidelines publications in different countries violated.

Regarding NZ coverage CJR said:

“The New Zealand Herald, which ran 11 stories shared more than 50,000 times, violated four of the guidelines, more than almost all other New Zealand outlets. Some outlets may look at their social media metrics and conclude that they need to publish sensitive details of the massacre to retain readers.”

And regarding National differences;

“There’s a small difference in adherence to these guidelines between media without a print or broadcast presence, and those that are non-digitally native (see the graph below). However, it’s less significant a difference than the apparent difference in national standards between countries like the US and NZ, which were largely compliant, and those like the UK and Australia, which were less so.”

CJR concluded from these findings, that more journalists are stepping back from the “who, what, where, how, and why” to questions of how to prevent tragedy.

However, they point out that with platforms as a distribution system, this problem is much more complicated. “Digitization has made local news globally accessible, and it’s a very short distance from ‘It can’t happen here’ to ‘It’s happening everywhere.’ ”

Read the full article here


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Betraying The Kurds

The Americans have now callously thrown the Kurds under the bus and created the ideal conditions for Islamic State to mount a comeback – all done so that Donald Trump can brag on the 2020 campaign trail that he brought the US troops home. How is the current fighting likely to proceed? More>>

ALSO:

Expert Comment: Online Voting Won’t Mean More Engagement

“Overseas experience is that online voting tends to be popular with those who are already likely to vote and who have high levels of digital literacy. It does little to help add new people to the voter pool, and this holds even for young voters.”More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudis (Not) Getting Away With Murder

On October 2nd last year, the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, by a hit squad of assassins acting on the orders of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. More>>

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available. Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO: