From the Editors Weblog
Fatemah Farag wears many hats: she is the founder and director of community media network Welad ElBalad Media, a board member of the World Editors Forum, a member of the steering committee and Director of Advocacy of WAN-IFRA's Women in News initiative and a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow. Yet all her roles have the same goal - advancing journalism in the Middle East.
Many journalists have left traditional news organisations to venture into the world of entrepreneurial journalism and set up their own media businesses. And, while it's easier to start from scratch, entrepreneurship has an important role to play within traditional newsrooms too - it helps setting up much-needed systems and processes to better adapt to what our audience actually needs.
One of Australia's most experienced and innovative media professionals, Peter Fray, has deep experience in transition within legacy news organisations. As a 2016 Tow-Knight entrepreneurial fellow, he has fully embraced the practice of entrepreneurial journalism and now passes it on to a new generation of journalists at the University of Technology in Sydney, where he is professor of journalism practice.
Marcelo Rech, President of the World Editors Forum, the organisation within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for chief editors and other senior newsroom personnel, has been elected President of the Brazilian Association of Newspapers (ANJ).
In order to succeed in the new media market, you have to rethink the relationship between journalists and readers, according to Danish publication Zetland, which is well on the way to building a community of readers willing to pay for quality journalism.
Poligrafici Editoriale is one of the main newspaper publishing groups in Italy. It owns three newspapers with approximately 40 local editions covering four of the richest regions in the north-central part of the country. The company also publishes a daily sports newspaper and employs a total of some 500 journalists. Monrif Net is the new-media division of the group, which takes care of the digital strategy and operations.
Inspired by the Slow Food Movement, which aims for quality food, produced in a way that doesn't harm the environment, is accessibly priced, and gives a fair return to its producers, Peter Laufer, an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster launched his Slow News Movement – a "healthier" approach to journalism, offering the audience a balanced and nutritious news diet.
While the overall perception of the trustworthiness of the media has decreased over the last five years, radio still remains the number one trusted source of news for European citizens, according to the European European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Kenya-based Nation Media Group (NMG) was founded in 1959 by the Aga Khan as a voice for the African population as it sought independence. Today, NMG is the largest independent media company in East and Central Africa, and publishes print newspapers, including Kenya's Daily Nation and Tanzania's The Citizen, and digital media.
From Ecuador to Armenia to Kyrgyzstan: these are some of the most innovative storytelling projects that you may have not heard of. Gathered by Maria Teresa Ronderos, Director of the Program on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations, to emphasize "the fundamental role of independent journalism in creating and maintaining healthy, democratic societies."
One of several UK publishers seeking to expand readership and revenue in the global English-language market, the Independent's digital audience has grown continuously since its closure of the print newspaper in March, enabling expansion of its editorial offices. The US presence has grown, and this month new offices will open in Nairobi and Beirut.