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News Values and the Ethical Dilemmas of Covering Violent Extremism

Tasiu Abubakar, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-2746-6380 (2019). News Values and the Ethical Dilemmas of Covering Violent Extremism. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, doi: 10.1177/1077699019847258

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between news media and violent extremism to explore the ethical issues emanating from it. It draws on news value theory and journalism ethics literature and analyzes data from individual and group interviews with 41 journalists and newsroom observations to highlight the ethical challenges of covering the Boko Haram insurgency. Findings suggest that journalists face dilemmas in content selection, source relationship, framing stories, and dealing with victims; and that terror reporting impacts on their personal safety and professional sustainability. The elements of newsworthiness push the media toward excessive reporting of extremism but journalism ethics plays restraining roles.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Tasiu Abubakar, A. News Values and the Ethical Dilemmas of Covering Violent Extremism. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. © the author. doi: 10.1177/1077699019847258
Publisher Keywords: news values, journalism ethics, framing, agenda setting, Boko Haram, violent extremism
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22215
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