From the Editors Weblog
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual Global Impunity Index, appropriately entitled Getting Away with Murder to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on November 2. The data points to a rise of extremist groups targeting media personnel with few governments committing to overhaul or even acknowledge these injustices.
More than 800 journalists have been killed in the line of duty over the past decade. In nine out of 10 cases, no punishment is served. The International Day to End Impunity (November 2) is an opportunity to make noise about this issue and hold governments to account.
Showt (pronounced shout) is a global voting widget that allows people to select either “yes” or “no” when presented with a person or global issue. It's been evolving through partnerships with media companies around the world since the Brexit Showt earlier this year and a recently announced Clinton-Trump Showt poll.
News publishers and their partner organisations are helping young people learn to be civil when commenting on the news. They are doing so through smart moderation of comments on content aimed at the young and also by providing guidance about how to keep discussions respectful and about what to believe in the first place.
As the United States election campaign, one of the most toxic and bruising political brawls of recent times, finally draws to a close, many journalists both in America and across the globe are confounded by the success of a candidate who has defied political gravity and forced editors and reporters to question their attachment to the cardinal principles of journalism — balance and impartiality, writes Aidan White, CEO and founder of the Ethical Journalism Network.
Al Jazeera recently launched #Hacked: Syria’s Electronic Armies, an interactive web app that takes the user through an investigation of the cyber war in Syria. Juliana Ruhfus, Al Jazeera senior correspondent who produced #Hacked, spoke to the World Editors Forum about journalists’ responsibility to innovate and debate the work produced in this rapidly changing climate.
As more high-profile media organisations choose to shut down comment section due to trolls, cost and legal concerns, the World Editors Forum finds that the majority of news organizations it surveyed are still trying and a few are starting to reap the benefits.
This is the executive summary of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may access other parts of the report here.
With the online video revolution gathering momentum and starting to disrupt linear TV, many newsrooms are putting video production at the heart of their operations. During a session on the second day of Digital Media World, which is taking place as part of the World Publishing Expo in Vienna, three experts shared their advice and what they've learned through working with video – from breaking news to user-generated content.
Virtual Reality is making progress in journalism, yet the emerging medium is still not mainstream. For newsrooms that haven't started producing VR, getting on board may become a little bit easier as the equipment becomes more accessible, and pioneering organisations establish best practices for VR storytelling.
Innovation knows no boundaries, and that has never been more evident than in this year’s World Digital Media Awards winners. More importantly, it reaffirms that publishers can glean best practice from all corners of the globe: Oman, South Africa, India, Mexico, or right here in central Europe.
Hurricane Matthew caused a new humanitarian crisis in Haiti, a country still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. We spoke to Miami Herald's award-winning Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles about the importance of on-the-ground coverage, especially in times of disaster.
Andreas Pfeiffer asked this question to participants attending Monday's final session of Digital Media World at WAN-IFRA's World Publishing Expo in Vienna. Pfeiffer was describing the basic motivation for so many publishers in their efforts to develop successful social media strategies.
A new social media translation tool by tech company Meedan isn't just facilitating linguistic translation – it applies journalistic principles to curate and translate social media conversations among global and minority communities as a way to broaden the discourse.
A year ago, The Economist made a big push into social media. The editorial social media team, led by Community Editor Denise Law, works across different platforms to grow readership, and, as Law jokingly points out, make people realise that The Economist is not just catering to men “smoking a cigar and driving an Aston Martin.” In an interview with WAN-IFRA, she explained what her team has been working on during the past year, and shared some tips on building a successful social media strategy.
As news organizations continue to find ways to build constructive online conversations, the World Editors Forum updates its best comment moderation practices from around the world.
This is the fourth and final chapter of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may access other parts of the report here.