From the Editors Weblog
The Post, the biggest independent newspaper in Zambia, has had to evacuate its journalists from their make-shift newsroom, yesterday, after threats of attacks by cadres of the ruling party, the Patriotic Front. The paper has faced ongoing threats - direct and indirect - from government ahead of elections next month. Last month the printing press was shut down and executives were arrested (and assaulted) on tax-related charges.
News increasingly "breaks" on social media platforms - before publishers and broadcasters have even had a chance to get to the story. With Facebook Live enabling audiences to live stream, the role of the news industry to provide breaking news has changed, irrevocably.
Within hours of the attack in Nice last Thursday, a local journalist who happened to be at the scene shared his horrific experience on Medium and Tweeted the post. At the time of writing, at least 8,500 news organisations from all over the world had quoted his words. While social media has increasingly become a source of news for our audience, so it has for reporters - bringing new challenges.
Just three months after Facebook invited publishers to develop bots for deeper audience engagement on its Messenger platform, the Washington Post has launched a bot that can share the latest trending stories, election alerts including results for local races, and Olympics coverage when the games start next month.
While the Norwegian media cluster in Bergen is well underway to establishing a worldwide reputation as a successful innovation hub, its network is further strengthened by the construction of Media City Bergen - a physical office park to house its members, including TV channels, regional media groups and five local newspapers. The move is designed to increase collaboration to co-produce much-needed tools and technologies that will allow new, innovative storytelling.
The younger generation of a largely multi-cultural Dutch society feels increasingly underrepresented in the media. The need for editors to take corrective action is higher than ever, as - mostly white - newsrooms are losing readers to social and even foreign media.
It might seem impertinent, but at a time when media companies are battered by powerful external forces – changes in consumer behaviour, competition, technologies, legislation and even post-Brexit economic blues – it’s perhaps not an unreasonable question: Can media executives really do anything to ensure their firms succeed?
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The EU referendum provided the ideal live, scheduled event for the Guardian Media Innovation Lab to conduct an experiment to pinpoint the advantages of news notifications sent via the web, as opposed to in-app notifications.
Oh the distributed content conundrum for news publishers just gets more interesting by the day. With Facebook's recent change to its news feed in which it favors personal news from a user's friends and family over news from publishers, it can't exactly instill confidence going forward. But the idea of converting those distributed users toward your "funnel" still is in play...
Publishers in Germany are known for their rather defensive stance towards platforms. The lawsuit brought against Google over payments for newspaper content is still ongoing after the more than 40 publishers involved appealed the latest rejection by a Berlin court last month. Showing no sign of letting this go any time soon, it seems all the more surprising how open they are towards Facebook and using the tech giant’s Instant Articles feature.
Online comment moderation remains a tough issue for editors, sometimes even after action is taken to reduce inflammatory posts and destructive conversations.
Investigative data-driven journalism is as important as it is challenging in this unique region, which exists of so many small communities. Accessing official documents is extremely difficult, with no enabling legislation and a culture of self-censorship prevails. In this two-part article, we speak to professionals seeking solutions to overcome these challenges.