Jon Fasman, Anne McElvoy, Chris Lockwood and Alexandra Suich-Bass are journalists at The Economist newspaper. Below, they answer three key questions.
What is responsible reporting?
- Tell the truth
- Check your information. Be suspicious when something sounds good to you and lines up with what you believe - make sure it's accurate and not just something you want to be true
- Report accurately
- People are fleeing from trauma and have been badly affected once. What you write about them can have a big impact on them so be accurate
Why is responsible reporting important during a refugee crisis?
- Reporting can be powerful. It forces governments to react and encourages people to open up their homes and send money to help
What advice would you give to someone who is watching or listening to the news during a refugee crisis?
- Not all of the news is accurate. Note the outlet, check it's professional and reliable
- Check social media posts to see if they are accurate or misleading. Are there fake videos or edited clips?
- We can get overwhelmed by the news so take a break and talk to someone if you are upset or concerned
You can hear the whole interview by clicking here.
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