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The Center for International Media Ethics (CIME) offers courses in journalism ethics with a focus in J-Ethinomics, combining Journalism, Ethics and Economics.

About J-Ethinomics: 5 ways ethics in journalism can boost readership – IJNet

We are offering the J-Ethinomics online course in an extended version of 10 days in order to ensure participants from remote areas in the world can complete all the assignments without difficulties and meet the requirements for J-Ethinomics certification.

As of Aug 2012, more than 80 journalists from around the world have been certified in J-Ethinomics.

Next 10 day long online course starts 20 Aug, 2012.

For the occasion of the 2nd International Media Ethics Day on 21st September 2012, we are organising the J-Ethinomics course in compressed format (2 days). Please apply immediately as there are limited places available!

For journalists from non-OECD countries the J-Ethinomics training is free of charge

Journalists from OECD countries are requested to pay a modest $20 registration fee.

J-Ethinomics profits go exclusively toward funding Center for International Media Ethics CIME non-profit activities, to provide ethics training worldwide to journalists who could not otherwise afford it.

Please note that the course is only available in English at the moment and you need to have a good level of English in order to successfully complete the training

Winner video of the Media Ethics Cine – the first media ethics short video contest of the Center for International Media Ethics (CIME). Created by Alexandru Lupica from Romania.

Holding the Audience Accountable: Twitter and Ethics Online

After Kayne West drew media attention for proclaiming at the VMA awards that Beyonce should have won instead of Taylor Swift, Twitter and other social media websites erupted in such a chorus of criticism that President Obama himself called West a “jackass.” What is the role of social media in journalism today and how much accountability should rest with websites such as Twitter and Facebook? And if they are largely accountable, are users socially responsible to uphold the same code of ethics that professional journalists are expected to adhere by?

Social Responsibility in a Media Organization: Pakistan

Pakistan’s SAMAA TV is an example of a media company taking social responsibility, in this case to help fight polio. Not only is SAMAA “providing minute to minute” news, but also says it’s the most “socially responsible” media company in the country. SAMAA has strong ties with its audience and in collaboration encourages new projects and innovation in Pakistan. Is this approach to social responsibility effective for a media organization, and what other methods might one imagine implementing?

What does ‘Off the Record’ mean?

Tucker Carlson, an American talk show host, interviews Gerri Peev on why she chose to report an off-the-record comment made by former Obama advisor Samantha Power about campaign rival Hilary Clinton. Carlson and Peev debate American and British journalistic views of “off the record.” Peev put an “off the record” comment on the record, arguing it was her responsibility to report the strongly-expressed opinion of someone advising the potential next President of the United States. Do you agree with her defense?

One Guide Through the Maze

Reuters Global Editor for Ethics Dean Wright walks viewers through the basics of the Reuters Handbook, now available online for students, journalists and professors. In the brief tour he explains how and why it’s an important tool for keeping the trust of Reuters’ audiences. What do you know about the ethics codes of your past or previous professional journalism organization? Are there any points in those codes with which you disagree?

Investigative Journalism 101

Veteran Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward discusses the importance of fact-checking and getting his “a** out of the chair” to avoid complacency in reporting news stories. What does complacency mean in journalism, and what are some of its dangers?

Rwanda and the Ethics of “Ambushing”

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The narrator uses the “Potter Box” ethics model to study the case of an NBC News program profiling an alleged Rwandan war criminal. The video’s producers allege that NBC was guilty of creating a story with the assistance of the Rwandan government rather than reporting it. Neither “ambushing” nor acting independently of sources are considered ethical journalistic practices. Do you know of other cases when this error has been made in reporting?

Digital Tampering: Are We Really in the Picture?

Digital tampering compromises the historical integrity of truth in documentation. The video’s makers offer some compelling examples and some controversial practices to make their point: placed in the wrong editorial hands, any photo these days can be altered digitally to make the means fit the ends. Have you ever seen a photo published by the news, tampered or not, that should have been presented differently?

The Listening Post – The ‘hearts and minds’ of Operation Moshtarak – Part 2

The IMMI, Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, has received attention world-wide for its “simple and ambitious” intentions. It aims to be a holistic media law that would make Iceland the most progressive country for journalists, protecting them from strong libel laws, and thus making the northern state a safe haven for investigative journalists.

The law developed in reaction to public outrage in Iceland over being denied information about banking and political fall-outs. IMMI will endeavor to protect freedom of expression for journalists, particularly by providing more protections for sources and whistle-blowers.

The IMMI has a number of unique features that make it relevant on a global scale. With an eye to producing a high level of standards, it incorporates and compares international media codes world-wide. Additonally, the IMMI’s proposal notably calls for a server to be based in Iceland that would host sensitive content available world-wide, and kept “out of reach” from repressive governments.

If this initiative were to become law, proponents believe that it would only improve Iceland’s economy by attracting foreign investors as well as increasing employment, growth, and government transparency.

The law will be voted on by Members of Parliament in April and May. If the IMMI were to pass, this could possibly put Iceland back in the higher ranks of freedom of expression, world-wide.

J-Ethinomics is a term coined by the founder of the Center for International Media Ethics. It’s the combination of journalism, ethics and economics. It’s what we teach: using ethics to build trust in the news, sustaining demand for the media industry.
More generally, J-Ethinomics also highlights how the work of journalists impacts political and socio-economic development processes.
What is the basis for J-Ethinomics?
A number of studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between trust and long-lasting consumer relationships with news sources (Fletcher & Peters, 1997; Meyer, 2004; Kilger & Romer, 2007; and Vanacker & Belmas, 2009).
Fletcher & Peters (1997) demonstrated that there is a “significant positive correlation”, a factor of 0.84, between trust and a willingness to demonstrate loyalty and consumer commitment toward a media company. More recently, Kilger & Romer (2007) found direct evidence that a higher level of trust leads to a greater likelihood to purchase news.

Click here to read more details about J-Ethinomics.
Click here to view CIME’s Theory of Change.
Click here to take a course and get certified in J-Ethinomics
In June 2011, the Center for International Media Ethics conducted a survey asking media professionals about their ethical practices and the standards in their country. The analysis revealed that journalists claim to publish unethical pieces due to internal or external pressure from their editor or the company they work for. Therefore, most of the training currently available might not be appropriately targeted as those who are running newspapers e.g. editors and publishers should receive ethical training as they obviously at the moment are not acknowledging the benefits of ethical journalism.
That is why CIME encourages everyone involved in the media industry including editors in chief, editors, columnists, publishers to take a look into our J-Ethinomics concept and take our online course in media ethics.
To read the full report please click here

Watch the presentation of Melisande Middleton, CIME’s co-founder about the relation between media and the financial market in 2009 short before she coined the term J-Ethinomics and established the online training platform.

The Center for International Media Ethics (CIME) offers courses in journalism ethics with a focus in J-Ethinomics, combining Journalism, Ethics and Economics.

About J-Ethinomics: 5 ways ethics in journalism can boost readership – IJNet

We are offering the J-Ethinomics online course in an extended version of 10 days in order to ensure participants from remote areas in the world can complete all the assignments without difficulties and meet the requirements for J-Ethinomics certification.

As of May 2012, more than 70 journalists from around the world have been certified in J-Ethinomics.

Next 10 day long online course starts 9 July, 2012.

Provisional courses will start 30 July and 20 August 2012.

For journalists from non-OECD countries the J-Ethinomics training is free of charge

Journalists from OECD countries are requested to pay a modest $20 registration fee.

J-Ethinomics profits go exclusively toward funding Center for International Media Ethics CIME non-profit activities, to provide ethics training worldwide to journalists who could not otherwise afford it.

Please note that the course is only available in English at the moment and you need to have a good level of English in order to successfully complete the training

Journalism is adapting to economic woes and changing structurally to suit digital formats and new technology. Maintaining high ethical standards during the transition is a major challenge.

According to Ethics for Media and the Center for International Media Ethics, “J-ethinomics” offers a solution. A combination of journalism, ethics and economics, J-ethinomics is founded on the idea that ethical reporting increases the demand for news.

Ethics for Media instructor Melisande Middleton, who coined the term in 2010, developed the course along with the Center for International Media Ethics or CIME staff. This one-day intensive course was part of the recent International Media Ethics Day.

IJNet gathered these five tips for prioritizing ethics in reporting, that CIME and Ethics for Media believe will make readers more willing to pay for news, attract advertisers and allow journalists to report independently.

Beware the self-fulfilling prophecy. Journalists set the agenda for what readers will be thinking about and discussing with colleagues. Reporting on information too quickly or not quickly enough can skew the reality of a situation, causing readers to overreact. Financial and business journalists should be especially cautious. The media may have exasperated the financial crisis by initially blowing it out of proportion, causing panic in society and ultimately hitting the self-fulfilling prophecy nail on the head.

Build trust in your audience. Journalists can engage reader loyalty by serving the public interest. When choosing topics, seek stories that emphasize social and economic value. By informing the public of issues that affect them personally, readers will come back for more.

Set standards in your community. Reporting shapes public opinion, so it is a journalist’s social responsibility to shape it objectively. When covering hot-button issues, represent diversity in society, stay critical of political agendas and inform citizens of current events in other communities and regions.

Assert your rights. Knowing what journalists can and cannot do to report a story will ensure ethical reporting. When your editor or the owner of your media outlet tries to limit a thorough investigation because it might offend a public figure, you have to know when it’s ethically worth continuing. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with your superiors when it matters most.

Contribute to the new growth theory. The brainchild of economist Paul Romer, the new growth theory claims that the constant flow of innovative ideas plays a key role in socioeconomic and technological growth in society. Journalists play a part in this theory by circulating the fresh ideas, reinforcing the developmental role of the media and therefore increasing reader demand.