From the Editors Weblog
The recent arrest of three Al Jazeera journalists for allegedly flying a drone without authorisation in Paris is unlikely to affect legal progress for drone journalism - but it is a reminder to consider its ethics, reports Jake Evans.
Physical violence between Russia and Ukraine is scripted to subside as the ceasefire signed by both sides takes effect. But the conflict is finding new expression through the media. Alexandra Sazonova-Prokouran reports on new developments in the region's information war.
The increased use of native advertising on news sites has drawn fresh debate from senior editorial voices, but in an environment where revenue is scarce, is it an acceptable option or a risk to credibility? Journalist Alexandra Sazonova-Prokouran for WAN-IFRA reports on new tension between the editorial and advertising.
Whistleblowing platforms are rapidly expanding outside the anglophone world, boosting investigative journalism and exposing corruption. Source sûre, Bivol and Balkanleaks are francophone and Bulgarian websites that allow whistleblowers to download secret documents anonymously. In an interview their cofounders Atanas Tchobanov and Yves Eudes reveal exclusive insights into investigative journalism practices and source protection.
A brave team from The Washington Post, The New York Times and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews are taking on the cesspools of online comments boards, this year beginning to build what they hope will become the ‘identity layer’ for the Internet. Jake Evans spoke to Greg Barber, The Washington Post's lead on the Coral Project, about how this new commenting system could solve the Internet’s woes.
A team of Swedish journalists are hoping to launch an investigative journalism project which will uncover the untold stories around the world in authentic and immersive ways, by using a business model more familiar to charities than news publishers. Jake Evans spoke with Martin Schibbye, who is leading the project, and has become a champion for investigative reporting since being imprisoned in Ethiopia while investigating a Swedish oil company's activities in the Ogaden province in 2011.
WAN-IFRA condemns this weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen that left two people dead and several others injured. “We denounce in the strongest possible terms this latest attempt at silencing free speech and stand in solidarity with the Danish people during this tragic moment.”
Twelve of Argentina's largest news publishers have joined forces to try to understand their audiences better as they face the challenges of the digital era.
Social media changed how journalists cover elections, but media experts at yesterday’s news:rewired conference in London said that this year’s UK general elections will be the first true ‘social media election’ - in the UK at least. Data-driven and mobile journalism are also top of the agenda, as Federica Cherubini reports.
The fight to #FreeAJStaff continues and Australia's press freedom credentials are challenged, as Peter Greste heads home
While the world celebrates the long-overdue release of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste from an Egyptian jail, the campaign to release his imprisoned colleagues must continue. And it is worth noting that while Australia eagerly awaits Greste's return, there is a press freedom 'elephant in the room', writes Julie Posetti.