From the Editors Weblog
Claims some Latin-American governments promote plans to “asphyxiate” the independent press through #SoftCensorship
Independent media in Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela are under serious attack from soft censorship – a combination of administrative and financial practices used by government’s to favour positive coverage and punish critical reporting. That’s the view of Argentina’s DYN news agency and Vice President of the country’s Press Association (ADEPA), Daniel Dessein. He spoke to Mariona Sanz.
Reported.ly, the social-media newsroom led by Andy Carvin, launched its first dedicated website in beta last week. Part of the First Look family, Reported.ly made its debut in January, one of its peculiarities was that it didn't have a website - it was designed to live within the social media ecosystem. But the new website won't change the participatory nature of the journalism the network does, according to Europe anchor Malachy Browne, as Federica Cherubini reports.
New research: Changed reporting practices & stronger laws required to protect sources in the digital age
For many journalists, going back to pre-digital basics is the new norm when dealing with confidential sources in the post-Snowden era. As traditional source protection frameworks are eroded in the digital age, the attention of investigative journalists and their editors is necessarily turning to risk-assessment, self-protection and source education. And, as Julie Posetti reports, there is a also a need to update laws globally.
French public broadcaster France 24 produces a weekly TV news program about gender equality in three languages – French, English and Arabic. The 51% offers a window into the lives, achievements and struggles experienced by women globally. Former Jerusalem correspondent Annette Young presents the show from Paris. She spoke to Julie Posetti.
Newsrooms are becoming increasingly reliant on User Generated Content (UGC) to complement their news stories. But a new study conducted by Pete Brown from Eyewitness Media Hub shows that newsrooms are making themselves vulnerable to lawsuits, exposing themselves to ethical issues as well as placing uploaders in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous positions. Angelique Lu reports.
Marty Baron arrived at The Washington Post as Executive Editor in 2012 – after a Pulitzer-studded term at the helm of The Boston Globe. The Post acquired iconic status in the history of investigative reporting via Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate coverage. A Pulitzer for Public Service in reporting the Snowden revelations cemented the legacy in 2014. Another followed this year, in recognition of The Post’s reporting of Secret Service deficiencies. He spoke to Julie Posetti about the challenges facing newspapers in the digital age - from source protection erosion to business model insecurity - ahead of his address to the World News Media Congress.
What do Disney Princesses and journalism have in common? Top Takeaways from the Journalism Innovation Summit
Innovative forms of content, the role of audience engagement, crowdfunding, verifying breaking news on social media and the role of Disney Princesses in saving journalism (stay with me, here) are just some of the topics discussed at the Journalism Innovation Summit organised by PBS MediaShift at City University in London recently. Federica Cherubini curates the top takeaways.
Building audiences through social media has been a 'vital means of getting attention' for ProPublica's stories according to Amanda Zamora - Senior Engagement Editor at the US non-profit investigative outfit. She spoke to Angelique Lu about chat apps, curation of content and innovation in newsrooms.
The woman at the helm of Philippines-based Rappler.com is a visionary editor-in-chief and CEO whose start-up is a global case study in successful innovation. A former CNN Asia bureau chief and lead investigative reporter who focused on terrorism in Southeast Asia, Maria Ressa headed the largest multiplatform news operation in the Philippines – ABS-CBN – before founding Rappler in 2012. Ressa spoke to Julie Posetti.
Guardian Witness' UGC co-ordinator Caroline Bannock, Senior engagement editor at ProPublica Amanda Zamora and eyewitness media expert Fergus Bell spoke at European Journalism Centre’s News Impact Summit in Paris earlier this month on the 'Future of User Engagement'. They took time to talk to Angelique Lu about the media's need to develop verification skills of user generated content.
WAN-IFRA and its Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) have been monitoring the development of wearables closely in the past couple of years and have just published a new report, “Wearables: The key considerations for news publishers.”
Researcher Caitlin Petre looked at how the use of metrics changes reporters’ behaviour and what this means for journalism.
Two of the oldest hands in Africa – the BBC and AFP – are approaching the continent in a new way as it enters a technological and connectivity revolution. In this guest post, Gill Moodie looks at their multimedia offerings and the shift in coverage from death, disease and destruction.
There's early support for Google's 'Digital News Initiative,' which aims to facilitate and fund innovation as well as product development in European journalism. But publishers are cautious as the European Commission continues its investigation into Google's alleged anti-competitive practices writes Angelique Lu.