Ethical guidelines for coverage of harmful social media trends

Humphreys, Clare (2018) Ethical guidelines for coverage of harmful social media trends. Outstanding Student Paper, BCE, Újmédia szekció.

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Abstract

Ethical guidelines have been created and put into effect for media coverage of suicide. Similar guidelines have been drafted regarding coverage of school shootings. However, the media contagion effect is still spreading dangerous trends. This study will use agenda-setting, framing, media contagion and network theories as framework to investigate the ways in which trends which may otherwise be isolated and relatively innocuous can spread to the larger population and become physically or psychologically harmful; even life-threatening. In an analysis of a case-study of the phenomena, the “Tide Pod challenge,” this paper examines the media’s role in spreading this trend through sensationalist headlines. A guideline is proposed for identifying, covering and diffusing the effects of potentially dangerous copycat trends.

Item Type:Outstanding Student Paper
Notes:1. díj
Uncontrolled Keywords:media contagion, journalistic ethics, agenda-setting, reference groups
Subjects:Media and communication
ID Code:11206
Specialisation:Kommunikáció- és médiatudomány
Deposited On:20 Jun 2018 10:41
Last Modified:20 Jun 2018 10:41

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