A better death in a digital age : Post-Leveson indicators for more responsible reporting of the bereaved

Duncan, Sallyanne and Newton, Jackie (2013) A better death in a digital age : Post-Leveson indicators for more responsible reporting of the bereaved. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 10 (1). pp. 22-28. ISSN 1742-0105

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Abstract

Reporting death has always been a controversial and sensitive subject for both the bereaved and journalists, but after revelations from the Leveson Inquiry of poor ethical behaviour towards the bereaved this form of reporting is likely to come under greater scrutiny. Research indicates journalists would welcome further guidance, particularly in relation to using social media. The bereaved also would appreciate a more equitable relationship with the media. Through interviews with journalists and bereavement groups, this paper explores their views on the effect the Leveson Inquiry might have on reporting bereaved people, lessons that can be learned, and on any measures which could be adopted in the future.