Australian Centre for Independent Journalism
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Zones of silence: Forensic patients, radio documentary, and a mindful approach to journalism ethics (published in the Pacific Journalism Review October 2015)
ACIJ Director Tom Morton and Mark Pearson reflect on the theoretical and ethical considerations involved in winning the right to name Patient A, an incarcerated forensic mental health patient, in a radio documentary and in academic works. Reflecting on the principles of open justice and the ethical framework of 'mindful journalism'. See story below.
Open Justice: Forensic patients in NSW
Under NSW law forensic patients — those who have committed a serious crime but have been found not guilty by reason of mental illness — can’t be identified. But the man known as Patient A is fighting a legal battle for the right to use his own name in the media. Hear ACIJ Director Tom Morton's report on ABC Background Briefing (20 April 2014).
Battle for Liverpool Plains: China coal project tears at fabric of rural NSW
ACIJ Director Tom Morton reports from the Liverpool Plains area of north west NSW ahead of a decision on the future of coal mining in the area. Read more (takes you to an external site) ...
Hard time for hard news: A study of newspapers
It’s not every day UTS students have their work seen by three-quarters of a million people. But that’s exactly what happened on 24 November 2014 when the ABC’s Media Watch program showcased research by 16 undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students.