Journalism: Guidelines

  • Man accused of sexual abuse of girlfriend’s daughter in Parkersburg
    • Full names used in the article
    • Now all of the family is identified
      • Meaning everyone will know what happened
      • Too much unneeded information about case
      • The girl now has possibility of being bullied
      • Journalist was told, by someone in her company, “if she(the girl) decides to kill herself, its on you.”
      • Journalist was fired after story
      • Colleague who had higher seniority, which told the journalist to “come to them about the story”, was fired as well
  • If publisher writes you on guidelines in for your writing
    • Write it on a board and say it 3x
  • “When in doubt, leave it out.”
  • It should always be the victim’s choice to share their story
  • to protect the victims or this making the allegations
  • Too much information can lead to difficulty finding a jury pool
  • Should always be the victim’s choice to share his or her story
  • Editors must ask:
    • Is it true?
    • Even if true, should we publish (all the facts in) it?
  • Considerations include:
    • Editors are encouraged to substitute their own name in the headline
    • Is it a public or strictly private issue?
    • Will the story make a difference
    • Most newspapers have policies that protect the identity of victims
      • Community papers should still make the effort
  • Discuss “Audrie and Daisy”
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization
    • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide
    • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide
  • “Protect your local journalist”


A Rape on Campus (RollingStone article)


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