Reporting on Rape? Follow Ethical and Humane Practices

Course Overview

Title:
Reporting on Rape? Follow Ethical and Humane Practices
Type:
Self-Directed Course
Cost:
This course was developed by a student as part of the requirements for her master's thesis. This course is intended for Pakistani journalists.
Time Estimate:
Two hours

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Note:

This course was developed by a student as part of the requirements for her master's thesis. This course is intended for Pakistani journalists.

According to research by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), a woman is raped every two hours in Pakistan, and an incident of gang rape occurs every four to eight days.

It’s an ongoing issue that needs better media coverage.

The way rape cases are reported in Pakistani newspapers and news channels is changing and improving, yet it’s not perfect. For TV journalists, covering rape is challenging, even more so than for print journalists, because of the visual aspect.

The general ethical guidelines for covering rape cases are the same for print and broadcast journalists; the lessons in this course are primarily based on interviews with the U.S. and Pakistani experts, including journalists and journalism educators from both print and broadcast media.

What Will I Learn:

This course aims to:

  • Explain how communication law impacts reporting on rape cases
  • Explain how to talk with a victim of assault
  • Describe ways to protect a source when discussing a highly sensitive topic
  • Suggest visuals that could be used in these stories
  • Provide ethical guidelines
  • Deconstruct sample stories, identifying good and bad elements
Who should take this course:

This course was developed by a student as part of the requirements for her master's thesis. This course is intended for Pakistani journalists.

Course Author

Sahar Majid holds a master's degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, where her area of emphasis was broadcast. She worked on this project in collaboration with the Poynter's News University. This online course served as the physical evidence of her master's thesis, which focuses on improving the sexual assault coverage at Pakistan’s news channels.