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Fri - 27.02.2015

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Al Jazeera arrests in Paris a reminder to drone responsibly

Thu, 2015-02-26 20:26

The recent arrest of three Al Jazeera journalists for allegedly flying a drone without authorisation in Paris is unlikely to affect legal progress for drone journalism - but it is a reminder to consider its ethics, reports Jake Evans.

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Ukraine’s ‘Information Warriors’ face Russia's frontline propoganda soldiers

Thu, 2015-02-26 15:04

Physical violence between Russia and Ukraine is scripted to subside as the ceasefire signed by both sides takes effect. But the conflict is finding new expression through the media. Alexandra Sazonova-Prokouran reports on new developments in the region's information war.


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BuzzFeed newsletter begins expansion into breaking news platform

Mon, 2015-02-23 14:28

Today’s launch by BuzzFeed of its daily news digest is the beginning of a move by the company towards becoming a breaking news platform.

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Greste says social media is pushing us into 'silos' - the truth is more complicated

Fri, 2015-02-20 19:24

Peter Greste, in one of his first media appearances since his release from prison in Egypt, has said he believes social media may be pushing people into ‘silos’, and it is the role of the press to bridge these social divides. But that’s not quite true, writes Jake Evans.

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Conflict and resolution between editorial and advertorial content

Fri, 2015-02-20 16:56

The increased use of native advertising on news sites has drawn fresh debate from senior editorial voices, but in an environment where revenue is scarce, is it an acceptable option or a risk to credibility?  Journalist Alexandra Sazonova-Prokouran for WAN-IFRA reports on new tension between the editorial and advertising.

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Francophone and Eastern European media landscapes summon whistleblowers

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:57

Whistleblowing platforms are rapidly expanding outside the anglophone world, boosting investigative journalism and exposing corruption. Source sûre, Bivol and Balkanleaks are francophone and Bulgarian websites that allow whistleblowers to download secret documents anonymously. In an interview their cofounders Atanas Tchobanov and Yves Eudes reveal exclusive insights into investigative journalism practices and source protection.


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‘Coral Project’ hopes to clean up commenting mess

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:47

A brave team from The Washington Post, The New York Times and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews are taking on the cesspools of online comments boards, this year beginning to build what they hope will become the ‘identity layer’ for the Internet. Jake Evans spoke to Greg Barber, The Washington Post's lead on the Coral Project, about how this new commenting system could solve the Internet’s woes.

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Investigative team hope to launch 'for the price of a bulletproof vest in Ukraine'

Tue, 2015-02-17 16:25

A team of Swedish journalists are hoping to launch an investigative journalism project which will uncover the untold stories around the world in authentic and immersive ways, by using a business model more familiar to charities than news publishers. Jake Evans spoke with Martin Schibbye, who is leading the project, and has become a champion for investigative reporting since being imprisoned in Ethiopia while investigating a Swedish oil company's activities in the Ogaden province in 2011. 

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World’s Press Condemns Attack on Freedom of Expression in Denmark

Mon, 2015-02-16 16:17

WAN-IFRA condemns this weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen that left two people dead and several others injured. “We denounce in the strongest possible terms this latest attempt at silencing free speech and stand in solidarity with the Danish people during this tragic moment.”

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Argentinian News Publishers co-operate to better understand their audiences

Fri, 2015-02-13 16:32

Twelve of Argentina's largest news publishers have joined forces to try to understand their audiences better as they face the challenges of the digital era. 

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From crowd to community: Krautreporter’s road to sustainability

Fri, 2015-02-13 15:31

“We don’t believe in this dependence between content and payment on the internet,” says Sebastian Esser, founder of Krautreporter. So how does a great journalism crowdfunding idea grow into a long-term business model?

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Young radio journalists face tough work conditions, but continue to connect strongly with the medium - World Radio Day 2015

Tue, 2015-02-10 12:27

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Reuters 'Netflix for news' hopes to put a face to news wire agency

Fri, 2015-02-06 14:58

The newly launched Reuters TV app is part of an evolving strategy from news agency Reuters to bring its global, but sometimes unrecognised, brand out from behind the scenes and into the hands of its own customer base, writes Jake Evans.

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Media experts discuss preparing for the UK's first real 'hashtag election'

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:58

Social media changed how journalists cover elections, but media experts at yesterday’s news:rewired conference in London said that this year’s UK general elections will be the first true ‘social media election’ - in the UK at least. Data-driven and mobile journalism are also top of the agenda, as Federica Cherubini reports.

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International press community condemns 'spurious' closure of The East African

Tue, 2015-02-03 16:26

The Tanzanian government's closure of The EastAfrican newspaper has been broadly condemned by international press organisations, writes Jake Evans.

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How companies are paying for investigative journalism

Mon, 2015-02-02 17:38

If high-quality, research-based journalism is going survive, someone is going to have pay for it. Glenda Nevill explores some innovative projects using unusual ways to pay for reporting.

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The fight to #FreeAJStaff continues and Australia's press freedom credentials are challenged, as Peter Greste heads home

Mon, 2015-02-02 16:26

While the world celebrates the long-overdue release of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste from an Egyptian jail, the campaign to release his imprisoned colleagues must continue. And it is worth noting that while Australia eagerly awaits Greste's return, there is a press freedom 'elephant in the room', writes Julie Posetti.

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