Now on J-Source: Jill Winzoski's firing; Leveson on ethics education; How APTN got Bruce Carson scoop

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ -

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Ethics
The intersection of politics, local news and the idea of journalists acting as citizens: Jill Winzoski's firing
The story of Jill Winzoski's firing is a she-said, they-won't-say kind of story. So where does the blame lie? Alex Posadzki gets the former Selkirk Record reporter's side of the story and the opinion of a few ethics experts on the dos and don'ts of journalists expressing themselves as citizens and the role of publications in standing up for their reporters.
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Covering Violence and Trauma
Drama in Leveson report, but where's the trauma?
Britain's newspaper publishers and editors are scrambling to come up with a new framework for self-regulation, working against the clock to avoid a legislation-assisted solution in the wake of last week's devastating Leveson report.  But as Cliff Lonsdale reports, something is missing from the debate.
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Ideas
How they got the story: Kenneth Jackson on APTN's Bruce Carson affair scoop
'Escort, pimp, senior policy advisor to Harper, native affairs and government contracts.' Those were the words of a source that piqued Kenneth Jackson's interest and began an investigation that would lead Jackson and APTN's Jorge Barrera to uncover the Bruce Carson affair. Jackson explains how they got the story.
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Freedom of Expression
CJFE honours courageous reporting and commitment to free expression
Tonight, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression will honour Mae Azango of Liberia; Rami Jarrah of Syria; Dan Henry, Canadian media lawyer; and Enquête, Radio-Canada's investigative television program with awards for their courageous reporting and commitment to freedom of expression, often in the face of threats.
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THE BIG ISSUE

High-profile cases prompt further discussion of how to best report on suicide

In response to the coverage of Amanda Todd's suicide and the more recent alleged suicide pact, the Vancouver School Board is calling for media organizations to adhere to guidelines when they report on suicides as set out by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. The CPA says that certain types of suicide coverage can encourage copycats, as Steve Ladurantaye reported last year, though not everyone agrees. André Picard told Liam Casey in his 2010 award-winning RRJ feature that there are problems inherent in the CPA guidelines, and after the Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition issued its own guide to reporting on suicide earlier this year, Mel Coulson said being told how to 'spin' the message doesn't sit right with her. In a 2011 column, Stephen Ward said that "covering tragedies is not an act of exploitation. " In a subsequent column, said that while journalists can adopt some guidelines, they should not follow them without question, as journalists play a different social role from that of health professionals.  A segment on this morning's episode of CBC's The Current looked at how journalists can cover suicide and what impact guidelines will have in an environment where so much discussion takes place on social media.

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