What Embedding the Ray Rice Video Reveals About News Judgement

By: Christopher Massie | Columbia Journalism Review

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That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more obvious than in the past few weeks. On August 19, the ISIS video showing James Foley’s murder ignited a debate between journalists who believed that publishing images of the executioner’s knife at Foley’s neck was essential to readers’ understanding of the story and those who thought it was not. – See more at: http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/ray_rice_video_news_judgement.php?utm_content=bufferf30af&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.IHmdJcEh.dpuf

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more obvious than in the past few weeks. On August 19, the ISIS video showing James Foley’s murder ignited a debate between journalists who believed that publishing images of the executioner’s knife at Foley’s neck was essential to readers’ understanding of the story and those who thought it was not.

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