Is it acceptable to publish photos of children in the media?

All too often, we see violent or graphic images of children in the media. It is upsetting and unfortunate, but in today’s world such awful events are a terrible reality. These devastating events happen everyday, and it is the job of the media to cover it and report on it. However, when recording the lives of children, especially in photographs, what is acceptable and what is not?

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has created the Ethical Journalism Initiative which establishes certain requirements and guidelines when reporting on children.

The Ethical Journalism Initiative says, “Journalists and media organisations shall strive to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in reporting children’s affairs.”

A journalist’s first responsibility is to report accurate information. If they are not honest, they lose all credibility and will not be successful.

Their second most important responsibility is to consider their audience when reporting. When talking about children especially, journalists need to focus on how their words and their photographs affect the both the readers and the subjects.

There are certain limitations that must be discussed when publishing photos of children. In Australia, the Government has forbidden the publication of photos of children that would allow them to be identified, according to the AIFS.

While it is nearly impossible to set rules as to what to or not to publish, there are certain guidelines. Every case and photo is different, but journalists must consider how the publication of an image will affect the life of the child and the people around them. If there is potential for danger or a negative response, leave it out.




Is it acceptable that the HuffPost calls Trump a liar?



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The Huffington Post has recently declared Trump a liar and will no longer publish his campaign in their Politics section. In “A Note About our Coverage of Donald Trump’s “Campaign,”” published on July 17th of 2015, HuffPost declared the following:

“After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section.”

Since then, they have gone on to call him a flat out liar. As a source of news to a large audience, is that acceptable?

As a journalist, it is important to report the facts and keep personal opinions out of major stories. However, some publications provide stories that hide the whole truth of Trump and his “campaign.” I think that HuffPost opening up and sharing the raw facts is okay, and the fact that Trump is in fact lying means that the journalists are not imposing their own opinions.

In a Poynter article written by Benjamin Mullin, the reason as to why HuffPost called Trump a liar was explored. In an interview with Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, Grim stands by the reasoning that they were only sharing facts.

In response to the question, “Does this interfere with your ability to provide fair coverage of Trump’s campaign?” Grim responded with, “Not at all. Why would it? These are merely statements of fact.”

So if Huffington Post is not imposing their own opinions, and merely sharing facts, then calling Trump a liar must be acceptable.

What do you think?

Find the HuffPost article here.

Find the Poynter article here.