News + Comment 2011

Media reporting – maximise accuracy, minimise distress

The latest Mindframe News includes perspectives on the media and mental health from ABC Journalist Lexi Metherell and SANE Speaker Nicci Wall.

Both Nicci and Lexi share their experiences on how the Australian media cover mental illness and suicide-related issues, and how the complex subjects can be highly emotional for both the interviewee and the journalist.

Nicci and Lexi agree that while it is unusual for a journalist to deliberately misquote a source, interviewees should be aware that their comments are open to interpretation by the journalist and the audience.