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Propaganda or alternative perspective, audiences are receptive of RT UK

Fri, 2014-11-21 16:46

Recently launched Russia Today UK had half a million viewers in its first week of broadcasting U.K. specific content. And RT UK has nearly double the number of U.K. viewers as Fox News according to BARB statistics. Audiences appear to be receptive of the Kremlin-funded channel, despite claims that it is simply a Putin propaganda vehicle. Ashleigh Tullis reports.

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Iranian blogger pardoned after spending six years in jail

Fri, 2014-11-21 13:13

Hossein Derakhshan - known as the ‘blogfather’ of Iran - was pardoned this week by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  Angelique Lu writes. 

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Optimists with good ideas needed for the future of journalism says Washington Post Editor

Fri, 2014-11-21 10:30

"To enter this field now, there is perhaps only one inescapable requirement: You must be an optimist," says Martin Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post.

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Children take over Norwegian newspaper Bergensavisen to celebrate UN Children’s Day

Thu, 2014-11-20 15:55

Norwegian regional newspaper Bergensavisen (BA) today released an edition created entirely by children to mark the 25th  anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Angelique Lu reports.

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Native Advertising: does it 'cheapen' journalism?

Tue, 2014-11-18 17:30

News publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and newcomers like Buzzfeed are embracing native advertising. How do news publishers toe the line between 'church and state'? And how well informed are they when it comes to understanding the practice? As Angelique Lu reports, software company Cxense, has recently released the results of a survey of 260 publishing executives on media attitudes towards native advertising.  

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Constructive Journalism: emerging mega-trend or a recipe for complacency?

Tue, 2014-11-18 15:45

The theory and practice of Constructive Journalism has been coined a ‘mega trend’ by Director of News at Danish Broadcasting Ulrik Haagerup in his newly published book Constructive News. But prominent South African journalism academic and commentator Anton Harber argues that news is "only constructive if you want a sleepy, complacent society, not if you want active, engaged citizens." Ashleigh Tullis extends the debate.

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Is investigative journalism still feasible in the face of 21st century industry upheaval?

Mon, 2014-11-17 12:30

As media bodies move to other revenue funding models, it's often at the expense of investigative journalism. Investigative Impact is a new project by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) which demonstrates the social impact of investigative reporting. Using high profile case studies, like Watergate, the project website aims to help investigative journalists sell the importance of their work to would-be funders.

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Is investigative journalism still feasible in the face of 21st century industry upheaval?

Mon, 2014-11-17 12:30

As media bodies move to other revenue funding models, it's often at the expense of investigative journalism. Investigative Impact is a new project by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) which demonstrates the social impact of investigative reporting. Using high profile case studies, like Watergate, the project website aims to help investigative journalists sell the importance of their work to would-be funders.

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Crowdfunding 'a la carte journalism': the micro payment alternative to paywalls

Mon, 2014-11-17 11:59

'A la carte journalism', where consumers pay per article, is billed by some as a viable alternative to paywalls for the media industry. The a la carte model allows people to make small payments for articles that they read, as opposed to paying for the whole publication. Riding the wave, CrowdNe.ws has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to develop the model. Angelique Lu reports.

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Constructive News: The next mega trend in journalism?

Fri, 2014-11-14 15:24

"We - publishers, editors, reporters and other members of the press – have been asked just about every time we happen to talk to normal people outside our profession: Why are you always so negative?". In his newly published book, Director of News at Danish Broadcasting Ulrik Haagerupargues that negativity destroys the media and democracy.

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Tipped for Success: Toyosi Ogunseye wins African Women in News Leadership Award

Fri, 2014-11-14 10:50

Toyosi Ogunseye, editor of the Sunday Punch in Nigeria has won the African Women in News Leadership Award to be presented tonight in Narobi, Kenya. She has shared her top tips for suceeding as a young woman journalist with the World Editors Forum, encouraging them to never let their gender stop them from achieving their goals. Ashleigh Tullis reports.

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Gerry Adams' reference to putting a gun to the head of journalists faces global condemnation

Thu, 2014-11-13 11:24

Ireland’s Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has refused to retract what have been interpreted as veiled threats to hold a gun to journalists' heads - comments condemned by WAN-IFRA.

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Where academic research and industry experimentation converge: The Media Innovation Hub explained

Wed, 2014-11-12 15:36

The recently launched Media Innovation Hub aims to “create a community, an ecosystem for innovation in news media,” according to the Hub's project Director Stephen Fozard. He says the WAN-IFRA initiative is designed to propel experimentation in the media industry by connecting publishers to academia through research and technology.

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Gender in focus: tackling sexism in the news business - on and offline

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:35

Forging alliances, flagging sexist practices and providing training to help female journalists tackle 'cybermisogyny' are important steps in progressing gender equality and women's empowerment in newsrooms. Julie Posetti reports. 

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One man, his smartphone and a bicycle capture Berlin Wall history

Mon, 2014-11-10 17:41

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall gave visual journalist and film teacher, Robb Montgomery, a chance to create a very personal multimedia story about an escape from East Germany, demonstrating how easy it is for journalists to produce compelling mobile video packages. Angelique Lu reports.

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Digital Security and Source Protection: How secure is 'the cloud'?

Mon, 2014-11-10 15:29

The rapid development of technology and personal data means that journalists and their sources are vulnerable to attack. A panel of cyber security experts staged recently in Paris, adddressed the urgent issue of digital security. Angelique Lu was there for the World Editor's Forum.

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Controversy as Google takes on local language content in India

Fri, 2014-11-07 17:13

While some news producers have welcomed Google's move into Hindi-language internet consumption, others are worried about the impact it will have on Hindi news publication revenues.

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Time to stop talking about the need for gender equality in the media and start acting to achieve it

Thu, 2014-11-06 14:13

The time for talking about the need for gender equality in the media has passed - 2015 should be the year for action. That was the central theme of the first meeting of the International Steering Committee of the newly-formed Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), staged in Geneva this week. Julie Posetti was there for WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum. 

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Listen up: 10 tips for using audio in storytelling amid the podcasting renaissance

Mon, 2014-11-03 13:21

The latest trend in storytelling is not driven by super-innovative technology. It requires no expensive accessories and is accessible to all ages and backgrounds. It’s called LISTENING. Dr Siobhan McHugh, an internationally awarded radio documentarian, is the founding editor of the journal RadioDoc Review, based at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

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