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The World Editors Forum offers republishable content to mark the first International Day to #EndImpunity for Crimes Against Journalists
November 2nd is the first United Nations International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. It is a day that draws together efforts to denounce threats to journalists and media freedom worldwide. WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have curated editorials from leading editors designed to highlight some of the major actions taking place to mark the day.
Social media in ‘silent zones’: crimes against journalists and getting away with murder in realtime #EndImpunity
The recent murder of a Mexican citizen journalist who used social media to report on cartel activity has higlighted new dimensions in the killing of journalists with impunity: the exploitation of online virality by perpetrators, and the increasing risk posed to sources who 'go direct'. Alice Matthews and Julie Posetti report.
When Kenya’s First Lady stormed the newsroom of the country’s largest media house nine years ago and tried to slap a journalist, various questions were asked about her sense of decorum and the powers of the president’s family. Less prominent in the public discussion was a question which dominated Nation Media Group’s own internal review of the incident: What if the First Lady had a gun and had gone on to use it? Former Editorial Director of East Africa's Nation Media Group, Joseph Odindo.
These days a number of senior journalists in Pakistan, including some editors, travel only in armour-plated bulletproof vehicles. In some cases they have armed security escorts. Zaffar Abbas, Editor of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, writes that a couple of them have survived assassination attempts.
The United Nations has designated the 2nd November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists’. It is important for an industry usually averse to introspection to acknowledge the deaths of journalists who have died in pursuit of the news that feeds our work.
Journalism operations are unduly heavily focused on distributing and monetizing content. They thus are neglecting a potentially lucrative business opportunity: creating and selling software for gathering and analyzing information.
Newly appointed Quartz Executive Editor S. Mitra Kalita on authentic journalism, smart audiences, global expansion, and the essence of a good headline
She broke new ground as the innovative Ideas Editor for Quartz and now S. Mitra Kalita has been announced as the new Executive Editor at Large of The Atlantic's much vaunted digitally-native news site. In her new role, she has special responsibility for global expansion and ideas, according an announcement from Quartz Editor-In-Chief Kevin Delaney. Just ahead of her appointment, Kalita spoke to the World Editors Forum's Julie Posetti at the International Newsroom Summit in Amsterdam.
This is one of the key research questions underpinning a survey launched by the World Editors Forum today, as part of a global UNESCO-commissioned study into journalists' source protection.
Benjamin C. Bradlee steered The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years. Since becoming editor in 1965, he worked to turn the Post into one of the world’s leading newspapers. Critical coverage of some of the most compelling stories in the paper’s history – most notably the Watergate scandal which ended in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history; as well as publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War – added to the paper’s success.
"Local police confirm there is an active shooter situation in a shopping centre... User-generated content is going to be the only source of content before your crews can get there. A producer identifies someone in the shopping centre. You can see that they have a good vantage point because they’ve already tweeted a photo of what looks like bodies on the ground. If verified this would be the first image from inside. How do you proceed?"
The Director of WAN-IFRA's Newsplex Training Centre at the University of South Carolina, Randy Covington, was detained by the Russian Government last week while conducting a journalism training workshop with Joe Bergantino of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino penned this letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, first published in the The Boston Globe and reproduced here with permission.
In the US and Europe, mobile growth is rapidly outstripping desktop. So why is it so often still a silo in the newroom? The New York Times and Aftonbladet have taken two very different approaches to solving this.
Smarter ways to reach a bigger audience: The International Newsroom Summit hears from the field's innovators and experts
It is becoming increasingly clear that news organisations need to think creatively about reaching their digital readers. A session at the International Newsroom Summit on smart new ways to reach your audience provided a range of examples of how news organisation are engaging their readerships beyond their websites. Emma Goodman reports.
Academics, government bodies, and publishing professionals don't often see eye to eye. In fact as Rachel Davis Mersey, from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern university points out they barely speak the same language.
How do you get people to share news stories? Approach topics by way of common denominators – ones that cross cultures and continents – says S. Mitra Kalita, Ideas Editor at Quartz. Pizza was key in making hard-news stories from India and Africa attractive to share, she tells the 13th International Newsroom Summit.
“People think Snapchat is just a silly tool for sending sexy pictures - but it has a lot of potential for news,” says Anders Kongstad, the Founder of SnapKanalen (Snapchannel). “I started a news media and video journalism channel on Snapchat and in one month got 1200 users.”
Thirty people (the maximum number) took part in this morning's Editorial Systems Tour, which began at 10:00 at the WAN-IFRA stand in the foyer.