No free ride: advertorials subject to advertising code?

A review of a journalist’s freebie holiday could be subject to advertising standards rules if the travel company has control over the published copy. The law column at HoldTheFrontPage highlights an area of regulation often overlooked by journalists, here


Poet’s foul language too early for Ofcom

A documentary about the performance poet Luke Wright contained 38 uses of “the most offensive” language and 23 other sexually-loaded words but was broadcast before the watershed (the earliest time for transmitting material unsuitable for children). Community broadcaster Notts TV apologised and said it slipped through the net after a change of scheduling staff. Ofcom found a breach of its code. Read its findings in its October 2017 bulletin (page 6).

Guardian marks 20 years of reader’s editors

The Guardian appointed its first readers’ editor in the belief that newspaper – which hold people to account – should also be accountable themselves. American newspapers corrected errors quickly. Twenty years on, the paper’s first ethical watchdog looked back on his time in a role that didn’t always make him popular. He also recalled the much-quoted quote about journalism’s imperfections that inspired editor Alan Rusbridger.

Why should newspapers not be accountable? – Ian Mayes

Does media ethics extend to abuse of journalists?

Media ethics is usually seen to be concerned with the conduct of journalists and those who employ them and publish their work. But does it also extend to the conduct of those who attack them – and the social media companies that facilitate such attacks?

BBC chair calls for end to attacks on journalists – especially women (Guardian)
Journalism under fire from abuse and trolls (Guardian)