From the Editors Weblog
It’s still the most talked about story in South Africa - the trial of Oscar Pistorius has been the country’s biggest judicial moment of the century. It’s also been their biggest social media moment, marking a turning point in the way local journalists and media use online platforms and deliver their news. Jessica Sparks analyses the data and the trends marked out in the #OscarPistorius social media story.
Alison Gow is a journalist and blogger who has worked in the UK regional press for more than 20 years. As former editor of Wales on Sunday and the Daily Post, and now Editor of Digital Innovation at Trinity Mirror Regionals, she has led the charge in developing online journalism and innovative ways to tell stories in newsrooms.
Even as a shaky ceasefire holds, the Ukrainian conflict remains a dangerous assignment for Russian journalists – both on the frontline, and on the homefront. “Apparently even the fact that Russia's waging a war is a taboo now. At least for regional media, that cannot hire bodyguards for the journalists,” Russian journalist Andrey Babitsky told the World Editors Forum in a recent interview.
The Guardian's new membership scheme: a viable business model for public interest journalism? Or just a paywall by another name?
According to many commentators, The Guardian's new membership scheme is either an innovative way to avoid the pitfalls of the subscription business model or a sly new form of paywalling. But Amelia Loewensohn and Julie Posetti argue that it's both an exciting option for media brands that have built up a loyal community of interest around their content, and a fresh tributary to tap in the multi-streamed news business model of the future.
Apple has this week unveiled its new iPhone products to consumer and media fanfare. The company’s move to 'phablets' includes the usual range of upgraded specs, but the real news for journalism is in the change of the device screen size and its technological capabilities. Both have potential impacts for media organisations and the business model of delivering news.
WSJ's Sarah Marshall on newsroom responses to Google's authorship changes and the Great Facebook Algorithm Debate
How are newsrooms responding to Google's decision to remove bylines for journalists in search results and the Great Facebook Algorithm Debate? The World Editors Forum asked Sarah Marshall, The Wall Street Journal's Europe, Middle East and Africa Social Media Editor for her reaction to these debates and insights into the way The Journal is adapting.
“We can’t forget organised crime in Italy is one of the strongest in the world. ...Therefore, to keep up we have to follow the same transnational and cross-border, interconnected, global approach,” Italian journalist Cecilia Anesi told the World Editors Forum. She is a co-founder of Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), the first investigative journalism centre in the country, fully focused on international collaborations.
Jon Lee Anderson is one of the world's leading war correspondents. Currently working for The New Yorker, he has covered conflicts in Syria, Libya and Ireland over the course of his 30-year career. Anderson recently delivered an address to the School of Journalism at Paris' Sciences Po university, in which he tackled issues ranging from the risks of freelance conflict reporting, to the murder of his friend James Foley, the perils of social media, and the role of Edward Snowden: "[He] is a spy, he's not a journalist".
Partnerships between advocacy groups and the mainstream media are a hallmark of the rise of Advocacy Journalism as a conduit for meaningful social change. And some of the most prominent collaborations seeking to facilitate self-representation for minorities have involved people with disability (PWD). However, as Shawn Burns reports, there's still much work for editors and journalists to do in this area.
World Editors Forum commissioned by UNESCO to conduct study on the protection of journalists’ sources in the digital age
Is it possible to keep journalists’ sources confidential in the digital age? What laws exist globally to support journalists’ ethical obligation to protect their sources from unmasking? To whom do these laws apply? How are legislative protections being adapted to digital realities? And what are the potential consequences of this shifting landscape for acts of investigative journalism? These are some of the questions to be interrogated in a significant study being undertaken by the World Editors Forum for UNESCO, under a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
It’s not uncommon now to hear social media termed as the 'new battleground' when it comes to conflict coverage. Conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine are widely reported by both traditional and social media, as was the Israel-Palestine conflict. As the fighting now settles into an unsteady but hopeful ceasefire, Lucy Dean examines the use and abuse of social media in Gaza, and explores how journalists can navigate the terrain.
"Following a story is unique to us, and you can’t do that with a summary": pioneer David Cohn on Circa, copycats - and Candy Crush
David Cohn is quickly becoming one of the leading names in digital media. Interested in online journalism and how citizens can engage with it, the San Francisco-based writer, speaker and academic founded Spot.Us, one of the first crowdfunding sites, in 2008. He is now Chief Content Officer at Circa, a mobile app which breaks down news into concise, “atomized” blocks of content – separating out the facts, opinions, quotes and more.
Recent reports that News Corp is considering launching a news app appealing to young people, on the back of the success of The New York Times' NYT NOW, highlight the bid by news publishers globally to engage 'millennials'. "There’s something different in a mobile setting and there is a different tone for younger people now" Circa's David Cohn told the World Editors Forum.