Restraint in the age of speed: Protecting vulnerable news sources in the 24/7 global news cycle

Gearing, Amanda (2014) Restraint in the age of speed: Protecting vulnerable news sources in the 24/7 global news cycle. In Resiliency in Investigative Journalism, 11 July 2014, Springfield, Queensland, Australia. (Unpublished)

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As news communication speeds up, investigative journalists have an increasing responsibility to minimise the risk of harm to vulnerable news sources. In addition, the increased longevity and instant global search-ability of news coverage and investigative journalism outputs such as documentaries, places upon journalists an increased responsibility for accuracy since online coverage cannot be easily corrected or retracted. This paper will examine how the risks to a news source and her family were considered and mitigated during the production of a radio documentary and newspaper story about an intended victim of child sacrifice. Pre-publication considerations included the possible risks to the mental health of the news source, the potential physical risk to her children and the risk to future family relationships. To hear the ABC Radio National documentary, A living sacrifice, on 360 Documentaries prior to the conference, see To read the Sunday Mail newspaper coverage of the story see

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Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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