Feature Articles


April 2010

Journalism and Holocaust Deniers   
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Rethinking the Campus Newspaper
Greg Steinberger, March 30, 2010
Greg Steinberger, Hillel Foundation, argues the decision by an independent student newspaper to accept an ad from a Holocaust denier shows the need for a thorough review of the role and responsibilities of campus papers, especially in an Internet age.

The First Amendment and Moral Responsibility
Lewis Friedland, March 8, 2010

The Herald equates stubbornness with defense of the First Amendment, and moral harm with public good. Both views indicate a failure on our part to teach them the difference.

Ethics of Controversial Speech – Things to Read
Ethical Exploration of Free Expression [PDF 174 kb]
Hate Speech or Reasonable Racism [PDF 201 kb]
History, Hate and Hegemony [PDF 182 kb]

March 2010

Teaching Journalism Ethics, One Village at a Time

Shakuntala Rao, March 1, 2010
Established in 1926, Andhra University is one of the oldest universities in India with 70 departments, 5 campus colleges and 10,000 students. Professor Ramakrishna Challa has recently developed a course on journalism ethics which, he says, has become a necessary part of the curriculum given the changing nature of global media and its impact on even a place like Vishakhapatnam.


February 2010

The Limits of Libertarianism
Robert Drechsel, February 4, 2010
Media law expert Robert Drechsel reviews the controversial decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a federal law that prohibited corporations from spending general treasury funds to advocate the election or defeat of political candidates. Drechsel argues that the ruling reveals the limits of libertarianism on political speech issues.

January 2010

God, Disasters, and the Media
Stephen JA Ward, January 19, 2010
The Haitian earthquake coverage raises many issues of media coverage – its quality, limitations, the graphic images, the attempt to report amid chaos. It also raises another issue: What is the place of God in the coverage?


Does the Press Still Care About Women’s Rights?

Sue Steinberg, January 18, 2010
Sue Steinberg questions whether the media today is still committed to advancing women’s rights and questioning stereotypes.

December 2009

The Rise of the Networks

Brant Houston, December 4, 2009
As newspapers and other journalism institutions falter, networks of investigative and alternative newsrooms are rising up, sharing resources and finding ways to more widely distribute their work.

November 2009

Covering suicide: Do journalists exploit tragedy?
Stephen J.A. Ward


September 2009

News 2.0: The Future of News in an Age of Social Media
Ira Basen

Dubai’s Radio: A quiet revolution (of sorts) for openness and change
Shakuntala Rao


July 2009

Turning dreams to shame: Susan Boyle’s Les Miz
Katherine Bell

June 2009

Divisions Impact the Coverage of Malawian Mining Project
Kendyl Salcito


The Future of Journalism conference articles

Reflections of a Legacy Journalist
Lee Wilkins, University of Missouri

Ethics Essential to Democratic Journalism
Stephen J. A. Ward

April 2009

Venezuela’s Socialist Revolution: At the Expense of a Free & Independent Press?
by Shakuntala Rao

March 2009

Surviving the media carnage

Newspapers closing. Journalists let go. Old economic models  to support journalism are imploding amid a media revolution. Two veteran journalists — an American and a Canadian — view the carnage and propose new ways to do good journalism and maintain standards.

Jumping into the ‘swirling maze'
Andy Hall

How Can We Save Journalism?
Alan Bass


Four-Part Series: Part IV, International Reporting Series

"Public” Problems in International Reporting: The Expanding Public Sphere
Sunny Freeman

When public interest and community interests clash: A case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Francis Plourde

An Insurmountable task? Reporting on AIDS in South Africa
Amy Juschka

Who is Divided -- Turkey or the Media? The debate on head scarves
Anna Olejarczyk


Four-Part Series: Part III, Compassion

Positive news and the television news audience
Jordan Chittley

Practicing compassion in an unbiased journalism

Kyle Harland

Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Impacts of Trauma on Journalists
Mahmood Ahmadi –Afzadi

Does 'Caring' Require Advocacy in Journalism?
Elecia Chrunik


Four-Part Series: Part II, Confidentiality

A Right to Protect? The confidential source controversy in journalism
Blake Sifton

Protecting Sources in America
By Shanshan Lu

The Law and Confidential Sources: A Cautionary Tale
Jesse Ferreras



Four-Part Series: Part I, Offensive Journalism

Who’s to say what you can say
?

by Ron Friedman
 

Offensive Journalism Fuels Facebook Advocacy
Sunny Dhillon
   
International perspectives on offensive journalism
By Catherine Rolfsen

   
Internet privacy or public spectacle? An ethical dilemma for journalists
by Amanda Stutt
May 12, 2008
 

March 2008
Journalists who retell violence relive trauma too
By Anna AbouZeid
March 10, 2008


 
Investigative journalist says Canadians kept in dark by leaders
by Sunny Freeman and Amanda Stutt
March 5, 2008
 
Communication Breakdown at a University Lockdown
by Jordan Chittley
March 4, 2008
 

February 2008
The Halifax Daily News: 1974 – 2008
By Stephen Kimber
February 24, 2008

 
How real can a real story be
By Francis Plourde
February 13, 2008
 
Rethinking Balance in Post-Genocide Rwanda
By Claude Adams
February 6, 2008
 

January 2008    
Reporting on religion: When neutrality and faith collide
By Catherine Rolfsen
January 31, 2008
 
CRTC reins in media ownership
By Kim Kierans
January 23, 2008
 
Reporting on Burma’s Child Soldiers
By Kendyl Salcito
January 14, 2008
 
From civic to citizen journalism: Has YouTube usurped the media’s role?
By Amanda Stutt, January 4, 2008

 

November 2007
Journalism in a wikified world
by Paul Gillin
November 29, 2007
 
The reporter’s battle: Objectivity and independence on the front lines in Afghanistan
By Allison Cross
November 12, 2006
 
Public interest, private grief: The media’s role in the Robert Dziekanski case
by Catherine Rolfsen, November 20, 2007
 
Lost in translation: The dilemmas of reporting in French — in Vancouver
By Francis Plourde
November 6, 2007

 

October 2007
The Death of the Reader
By Amanda Stutt, October 22, 2006
 
Could a news war between America and Iran become a physical war?
By Mahmood Ahmadi Afzadi, October 9, 2007
 

September 2007

Testing the Limits & Consequences of Free Speech on University Campuses
By Sunny Freeman, September 26, 2007
 
Rick Mercer: Political satire or PR?
By Jesse Ferreras
September 18, 2007
 

August 2007
When Colour Matters: Depictions of South Asians in the mainstream media
By Munisha Tumato
August 25, 2007
 
June 2007
Social media poses digital dilemmas for journalists
By Afred Hermida
June 8, 2007
 

May 2007
When sorry seems to be the hardest word to print
By Kendyl Salcito
May, 2007
 

March 2007
Quebec 2007 : The new rules of campaign coverages
By Colette Brin
March 23, 2007
 
Climate Change and the Media
Sunny Freeman reports on the global warming discussion at UBC during
Celebrate Research
week
 
The Problem with B-Roll
Jayson Go
March 12, 2007
 

February 2007
Q&A with Mark Latham
Interview by Francis Plourde
February 2007
 
“Call-in-Ethics”: Pickton Trial and Offended Audiences
By Stephen J. A. Ward
February 24, 2007
 
Royal journalist jailed, editor resigns – UK bugging scandal puts the bite on UK tabloid tactics
By Mike Jempson
February 15, 2007
 

December 2006
Dilemma in the Desert
by Rob Annandale
December 7, 2006
 

October 2006
Telling the Truth in the Media: Mathematically Approved
by Mahmoud Eid, Ph.D.
October 30, 2006
 
The Ethics of Children, Death and Photography
by Jayson Go and Kristine Thiessen
October 19, 2006
      
Fuzzy Logic: The Collapse of the News-Opinion Distinction
by Stephen J. A. Ward
October 3, 2006
 
Freedom of Information Summit: Learning to keep your enemies closer
By Kendyl Salcito
October 1, 2006
 

September 2006
Protecting freedom of information in B.C.
Interview with Darrell Evans, by Carlynne Burkholder
September 26, 2006
        

July 2006
Have Ethics, Will Travel - The Glocalization of Media Ethics from an African Perspective
By Herman Wasserman
September 14, 2006
 


August 2006
Media Concentration in Atlantic Canada: Media by Monopoly
By Kim Kierans
August 18, 2006
 

July 2006
World Press Freedom Day, Sri Lanka Style
By Jared Ferrie
July 7, 2006
 

March 2006
Freedom to Offend
By Stephen J. Ward
March 30, 2006
 

January 2006
The Trial of Robert William Pickton: Challenges for the media, challenges
for the law

By Daniel W. Burnett
January 29, 2006
 
A Weakness in Accountability? The CBC’s French ombudsman
by Marc-François Bernier
January 24, 2006
 
“Off-the-record” in Haiti: A tough call in a violent country
by Claude Adams
January 21, 2006
 
Memo to Media: Voters decide the end of the election story
by Alan Bass
January 13, 2006
 

December 2005
Why a healthy magazine community is important
by Dianne Rinehart
December 2005
 



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