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  • 12 February 2014 | {CATEGORY}

    The media and the story behind development

    The United Nations Millennium Goals (MDGs), aimed at reducing poverty and hunger worldwide, are due for revision in 2015. In the process of examining the practical implication
  • 23 July 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    How journalism can rid migration of its sour reputation

    Migration is often at the centre of the public debate, but how do the media treat this topic? Here is what journalists should consider when writing about migration.
  • 16 July 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    A dark day for journalism

    Despite journalists and human rights organisations condemning Jordan's decision to block over 200 news websites, the fight for press freedom in the country wages on.
  • 18 June 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Seven reasons Il Fatto Quotidiano has been successful

    A look at how a group of Italy's top investigative reporters started their own successful newspaper, one which has hung on for four successful years
  • 3 June 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    How to cover a protest in Cairo

    Egypt's capitol is now an alluring spot for enterprising freelance journalists. Here are 12 tips for staying safe while reporting from protests in Egypt.
  • 23 May 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Can a citizen’s initiative force the EU to formally protect media pluralism?

    The organisers of the EIMP want to collect a million signatures and force the EU to formally protect media pluralism across the continent
  • 17 May 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    A hacker considers one Saudi Arabia telecom’s surveillance pitch

    Software engineer Moxie Marlinspike declined a request to create a program that would allow a government to intercept mobile application data
  • 26 April 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Will Japan’s Fallen New Media Playboy Make a Comeback?

    Recently released after 19 months in prison, media business pundits wonder what Japan's media maverick Takafumi Horie, popularly known as Horiemon, will do next.
  • 24 April 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Journalists Shrug Off President’s Inaugural Insults

    After his inaugural insults, are reporters and editors in the Czech Republic worried President Milos Zeman will be an enemy of free speech?
  • 1 April 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Dutch App Enables Context Curation

    A pair of Dutch journalists set out to create an engaging tool for sorting and filtering the masses of information available to the public. A look at what they came up with.
  • 18 March 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Pope Francis, Shine the Light of Transparency on the Holy See

    As most of the 5,300 journalists who came to the Vatican to cover the papal conclave leave Rome, the 400 reporters who regularly cover the Holy See hope for a new age of transparency for Europe's last absolute monarchy. Eric J. Lyman looks at the Holy See's purposefully opaque information policy and how it has added to controversy involving the Catholic church.
  • 15 March 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    After Tsunami, Japanese Media Swept up in Wave of Distrust

    Either because of negligence or a lack of good reporting skills, did Japanese journalists fail to properly inform their countrymen during the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster? Media analyst Ginko Kobayashi examines the press credibility gap that began in mid-March 2011 as well as some new media services that aim to bring more accurate news to the Japanese public.
  • 11 March 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    The Baltics: Making Sense of the Journalism Next Door

    An overview of the similarities - and more often, differences - in the media landscapes of the three Baltic states.
  • 8 March 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    No Wonga, No Words

    Longtime journalism professor Gareth Harding comments on last week's Nate Thayer vs The Atlantic controversy over freelance pay for journalists. Harding, who is the Brussels Programme Director for the Missouri School of Journalism, suggests that perhaps it is the Belgians who have the best way of answering the question plaguing the modern media landscape: 'Who is a journalist?'
  • 4 March 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Six Ways The World Can Learn From Ghana About Press Freedom

    The West African nation of Ghana is listed among the top 30 nations on the latest Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, scoring far above the majority of African countries as well as EU members such as France, Spain and Italy. What is Ghana doing right?
  • 26 February 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Lessons from Ireland: 5 Basic Steps For Analysing Online Activist Campaigns

    In Ireland, the abortion debate is happening in the streets, newspaper pages and on social media sites. Just how representative of public opinion is this online portion of the debate? A look at the Irish situation plus steps journalists can take to explore the link between on and offline activism.
  • 19 February 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    In Norway, a Slow Road Toward Subsidies for Digital Media

    In Norway, the discussion about extending newspaper subsidies to digital media has been going on for years. Consensus abounds. But no one can agree on which publications should get public money, and how it should be allocated.
  • 10 February 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Is There a Demand for Good News?

    If publisher Nancy Steidl has her way, London will soon have a print newspaper dedicated to reporting the day's news with a positive, solution-focused outcome. Already running a website from her living room, Steidl's team is working a variety of sources to find the funding to become a multi-platform news product.
  • 8 February 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Don’t Be Fooled: Use the SMELL Test To Separate Fact from Fiction Online

    With professional journalism imploding and an exploding infosphere online, on cable, and on air that's bursting with questionable news and information, how can a consumer or citizen become informed without being misled? This new information landscape is as vast as the Sahara, but full of mirages. You can look up almost anything on the Internet. But most of what's offered is really trying to sell a
  • 31 January 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    RT the Hate: France and Twitter Censorship

    In France, a spate of racist and homophobic hashtags has prompted a conversation about free speech and government censorship of virtual channels like Twitter.
  • 29 January 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    At El País, a Newsroom Turns on Itself

    A strange routine started last month in the newsroom of El País newspaper in Madrid. As the heads of sections entered a conference room for their daily 6 p.m. meeting with the editor-in-chief, almost all the publication's other journalists would stop working and start to count, out loud, up to 129. Why?
  • 25 January 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    Innovation Director Gavin Sheridan on the Future of Digital Newsgathering

    The Irish journalist recently spoke with the EJC about his vision for digital-first journalism and what role outfits like Storyful will play in enabling it.
  • 21 January 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    EU Editors Avoid Russian History With Sceptical Approach to Unpublish Requests

    When a convicted criminal asks a newspaper to remove online information about his crime after he has paid a fine or served jail time and is looking for work, how should editors respond? What about a divorcing couple who wants their wedding announcement deleted from the archives? The EJC contacted editors around Europe to learn about their unpublishing policies - and why you should form one today.
  • 14 January 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    5 Steps to Verifying User-Generated Content

    From listening for regional accents to using reverse image lookup, Andy Carvin, one of Twitter's leading journalists, discusses processes for establishing the trustworthiness of user-generated content, with a special emphasis on videos from danger zones like Syria.
  • 6 January 2013 | {CATEGORY}

    The 10 Disruptive News Apps Every Editor Should Know

    A look at of some of the most innovative and refined mobile apps to come along within the past year, along with a couple of existing apps that went through a "rebirth" with a comprehensive redesign. These 10 apps represent improvements in bulk aggregation, the evolution of the app ecosystem that has produced "companion" apps and some potentially disruptive concepts.
  • 26 December 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    How a Romanian Bride Started an Online Forum That Became a Successful Magazine

    Seeing a hole in the Romanian-language internet, Luiza Cherpec started a forum for brides-to-be to share information and tips with each other. Just two years after she launched, a major international publisher gave her a call. Now Miresici is not only a booming forum, but a glossy magazine as well. A look at how a digital start-up gave birth to the successful printed product, a major role reversal
  • 22 December 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Photographer Shoots Under Fire in Gaza

    Anne Paq, a French freelance photographer, was in Gaza shooting a documentary and developing work for the photo collective Activestills when Operation Pillar of Defense began. She spoke to the EJC about working inside the walls during the November attack.
  • 18 December 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Does Italy Host the Best Journalism Conferences?

    Despite mounting unemployment and a stagnant media market, many Italian journalists consider their country's industry conferences to be a wave of energy and an important resource. Looking back at the success of the 2012 Italian industry events, you might want to plan on attending an Italian journalism conference in 2013.
  • 15 November 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Publishers, Searching for Profits, Look to Google

    The Google tax can be seen as a contrived idea that could only catch on because a majority of the political establishment does not yet understand the economics of the Internet. At the same time, it is way too chummy with publishers and editors-in-chief. Is the drive for the Google tax a classic backroom lobbying effort attempting to secure an undeserved windfall profit and to rein in new competiti
  • 12 November 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Free European Tool Enables Independent Journalists from Yemen to Brazil

    A look at the a Czech non-profit that has enabled independent newsroom publishing from Yemen to Brazil. What has kept its content management system relevant over its 13-year life, even with competition from industry giants like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal?
  • 10 November 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Engineering Award-Winning Science Journalism

    Want to become an award-winning science or technology reporter? Consider a degree in engineering, says Katia Moskvitch. After the BBC journalist won the inaugural European Astronomy Journalism Prize, she spoke with the EJC about her slightly unusual career path.
  • 30 October 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    “Two blocks down the road there was a sense of normalcy” - A German Journalist Goes Live from Syria

    In the second half of an interview with EJC about the seven days he recently spent reporting on the ground in Syria, Steffen Schwarzkopf, a reporter for the German TV station N24, discusses the challenges of verifying information in Syria. He also assesses the real danger of reporting from the war-torn country, transmitting his work, censorship and why the Syrian government gave him a visa.
  • 23 October 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    German TV Journalist Discusses Weeklong Reporting Trip to Syria (Part One)

    Steffen Schwarzkopf, a reporter for the German TV station N24, recently spent seven days reporting from the ground in Syria. How easy was it to get there? What challenges did he experience while reporting from the diverse, war-torn nation, and why is he going back? The first in a two-part interview.
  • 18 October 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    7 New Ways Greek Journalists Are Reporting Old News

    As legacy media companies along the Aegean struggle, many Greek journalists are delivering the news to their countrymen in innovative ways. A look at how some have overcome the crisis and found new ways to get out the news.
  • 8 October 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    A New Way to Cover the Brussels Bubble

    For the past year, students from 10 campus radio stations across Europe have been creating monthly audio pieces about a chosen EU topic. Then, a few of these student reporters join a debate with MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels. One year into the Connect.Euranet project, how is it going?
  • 27 September 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The Fight For Information In Italy

    Planning to request information from the Italian government? Even experienced reporters can end up battling for years to obtain requested information. But a growing number of journalists, lawyers and citizens have started to work together to shine a light on the opaque culture of information sharing on the peninsula.
  • 24 September 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    5 Things Web Editors Can Learn From Dating Sites

    There is something addictive about the browsability of the average dating site. Its big pictures. Its cacophony of single people with similar interests. Waiting to be united. The feeling of infinite possibilities that keeps people on the sites until the wee hours of the morning.What can news websites learn from the online amore industry?
  • 20 September 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Yes, Employers Mind the Gap in Journalism Education

    In Czech Republic, a recent survey of journalists found that 70 percent of polled journalists believe the most negative impact on the quality of Czech media is the low level of expertise amongst journalists. What do journalism schools need to do to help prepare the next generation to report accurately and effectively?
  • 5 September 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Spanish Government Seeks Good News with Broadcaster Purge

    After several high-profile reporters were fired this summer, how will Spain's national broadcaster cover that country's street protests, elections in the Basque and Galician regions, and the possibility of an EU sovereign bailout? Will RTVE remain a credible, independent voice, or has it reverted to being a government mouthpiece?
  • 31 August 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Frustrated Viewers Switch Off TV, Turn on VPN

    Sport fans frustrated by time-delayed coverage, limitations of regional broadcasters and language barriers abroad turned in droves to VPN serves to watch the Olympic Games. What exactly are these virtual private networks, and how do they open and secure the Web?
  • 28 August 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Double Homicide Continues To Captivate Lithuanian Press

    The most sensational criminal case in Lithuania's 21-year independent history involves murder, pedophilia and the mysterious deaths of prime suspects. Three years in, even some of the most stalwart press outlets in the Baltic nation continue to obsess over the gory details. Is it this partial, graphic crime reporting which has kept the public's attention focused on the case?
  • 16 August 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Eight Ways the EU Can Help Journalism

    Eight well-considered ideas for Neelie Kroes and the European Commission to help burst the "Brussels Bubble," improve media pluralism and better connect EU citizens. Have more ideas, or contributions to these? Add your own in the comments!
  • 7 August 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Is FrontlineSMS:Radio Advancing Social Change in Africa?

    After an unknown disease began killing flocks of chickens in Kenya, two local radio shows invited farmers to send them SMS and MMS picture messages of the infected fowl. A radio producer invited a farming expert and an MP to appear on air. Following their diagnosis of the disease, the MP decided to organize vaccination schedules. Amy O'Donnell, Radio Project Manager at FrontlineSMS:Radio recently
  • 30 July 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Getting Beyond Google Search

    At the rate Google rolls out new products, it's all a journalist can do to keep up. Especially if it's been a while since you've clicked beyond Google's basic search page, 10 minutes with this tipsheet from a recent Google Media Academy class in Bucharest will help you make the most of some of the company's most helpful information gathering tools.
  • 20 July 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Fresh Crop of Translation Services Enable Interlingual Browsing

    How do we break through language barriers online? Here are a few tools to help you browse content - be it text or video - in a language you don't speak.
  • 16 July 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Life After .我爱你

    Initial coverage of the 1,930 applications to ICANN for new domain names ICANN focused on commercial implications. But if many of these applications are approved, the greater question is: What kind of impact will trickle down to average web users around the world?
  • 9 July 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    In the face of censorship, #SudanRevolts goes social

    With resources tied up covering elections in Libya and Egypt or insurgency in Syria, the international press has failed to cover growing unrest in Sudan. Official press outlets in the West African nation have been muffled by government censors. So once again, social media is filling the gap. Here's how.
  • 11 June 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    While Europe seems to be unravelling, a newspaper tries to keep it together

    Tuesday morning in Rome. A woman dressed in business attire drinks her espresso while browsing the European Daily in a noisy cafeteria. At the same time in Stockholm, an Erasmus student from Bulgaria is absorbed in a report from the same paper about his country being finally accepted into the Schengen area. Although just a scenario rig
  • 5 June 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    10 tips to help you craft more authentic and informed travel journalism

    If you're lusting after bylines in the travel section, here are 10 tips to help you craft more authentic and informed travel journalism, gathered from the UN World Tourism's two-day conference on the Red Sea.
  • 30 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The uneasy but essential evolution of news

    Technology and social media are shifting the power balance from publishers and broadcasters to consumers. The audience, empowered with tools to choose, create, enrich and share, is the new superuser offering alternative information destinations. What must media organisations do to survive?
  • 22 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    A code of conduct in covering minorities

    Despite the existence of deontological codes and institutions responsible for sanctioning discriminatory remarks, offensive headlines against the Roma minority are not exceptional in the Romanian media. Journalist George Lăcătuş and the Centre for Independent Journalism in Romania have elaborated a code of conduct for a responsible coverage of minorities, which they hope will lead to a more objective reporting on the Roma minority.
  • 18 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Novaya Gazeta: a new dawn for investigative journalism?

    New media and technology are enabling transnational investigations to be crowd-sourced and opened to citizen journalists. Could this also lead to a safer environment for investigative reporters? To find out we spoke to Novaya Gazeta's Editor-in-Chief, Dmitry Muratov, on the occasion of the Press Freedom Debate organised in Maastricht by the EJC at the request of the City of Maastricht and in cooperation with the Foundation Médaille Charlemagne.
  • 14 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Story Hack: Beta – entertaining and engaging, the transmedia way

    How will technologies like the Internet and innovations in digital media change the way we tell stories? The recent Story Hack: Beta event at the New York Lincoln Center gave writers, designers, filmmakers and developers the opportunity to redefine storytelling by working and playing in "transmedia" - stories that are not confined to a single narrative medium. Participants were asked to form teams and design a storytelling model spanning three or more technological platforms and use it to create a cohesive narrative, all over the course of 24 hours.
  • 6 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Biased journalism strains Lithuanian-Polish relations

    How much “loyalty” can be expected from ethnic minorities' media outlets towards their host country? The discussion is ongoing in Lithuania, where Kurier Wilenski, the newspaper of the Polish community, has been voicing an increasingly belligerent rhetoric against the Lithuanian state.
  • 30 April 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Building Bridges: U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism

    Amid Pakistan's roller coaster relationship with the United States, especially on the subject of the war on terror, a capacity building exchange programme for journalists had been riding quite smoothly. The U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism programme, funded by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), aims at training journalists in giving audiences both in Pakistan and the United States a more balanced picture of life and events in each other's countries and dispelling existing myths and misperceptions.
  • 24 April 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    De Pers: The end of a popular free Dutch daily that never made any money

    After five years and a few months, the last issue of the Dutch free daily De Pers was distributed on 30 March. Despite a strong belief in its exceptional editorial formula, De Pers was not able to survive in the Dutch free newspaper market. What went wrong? What is the secret of a successful free daily?
  • 17 April 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Will the scramble for photojournalists to learn video be worth it?

    In a changing media landscape marked by the migration from print to online supports, many photojournalists have been turning on the video function on their DSLR cameras and started to become video journalists. But do photojournalists naturally make good video journalists? And does learning video provide any kind of job safety?
  • 10 April 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Vis à Vis, a new iPad magazine in Spain, wants to be free forever

    In a small office in Alcala Street, in the centre of Madrid, a team of seven young entrepreneurial journalists are working overtime to produce the next issue of the Spanish digital magazine Vis à Vis. Conceived exclusively for the iPad and launched in January 2012, Vis à Vis is an interactive, visual and modern publication that wants to reinvent journalism.
  • 29 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    18DaysInEgypt: a pioneering storytelling platform to document Egypt’s revolution

    In the 18 days of Egypt's uprising that began on 25 January 2011 and ended with the resignation of the former President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February, thousands of Egyptians turned to their cell phones, digital cameras or social media sites, to document the events as they were unfolding in Cairo and across the country. Tapping into this wealth of material, American documentary filmmaker and journalist Jigar Mehta co-founded 18DaysInEgypt, a crowd-sourced interactive documentary project aimed at capturing the history of the revolution in Egypt.
  • 25 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Immersive journalism and a step forward for virtual reality

    US journalist and producer Nonny de la Peña integrates the modern technology of virtual reality with journalistic stories and calls it “immersive journalism”. She defines this approach on her website as “the production of news in a form in which people can gain first person experiences of the events or situation described in news stories.” In her latest project, “Hunger in Los Angeles,” she uses a virtual reality experience to recreate a real life event and investigates the way the emotional response to the event is expressed and can be amplified.
  • 21 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Norway hosts first journalism award for indigenous broadcasters

    Norway is widely known for hosting the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Awards. This month, the Scandinavian country is hosting the debut of another important yet largely unknown journalism award ceremony for the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN). The 2012 Indigenous Journalism Awards ceremony (2012 WIJA), to be held in Kautokeino, Sápmi, Norway, on March 29, 2012, is the first international indigenous journalism award dedicated to presenting indigenous perspectives through journalism in television and audiovisual media.
  • 19 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Happy International Women’s Day, love Bild

    A new report claims women journalists have a long way to go in closing the gender pay gap. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released the report early this month in order to raise awareness about the increasing pay gap in journalism.
  • 16 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Drone journalism takes off

    Drones are everywhere. Originally used by the military, these devices have now been adopted by hacktivists, conservationists, human rights activists, artists and even journalists.
  • 14 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    How to survive as a journalist in Somalia

    Somalia, a country without an effective central government for over two decades, has a surprisingly vivid media landscape. There are dozens of radios and hundreds of online portals despite journalists being threatened, attacked and killed in large numbers. Some of those remaining in Somalia fall back on self-imposed security measures while others are forced into exile.
  • 12 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Can a journalist be forced to name a confidential source?

    If ordered by court to reveal a confidential source of information, what should a journalist do? Should she disclose it, and draw contempt and condemnation from all her colleagues in the media? Or should she defy the court ruling and protect her source by all means, abiding by the sacred value journalism ethics? This is the dilemma that the well-known Lithuanian journalist Laima Lavaste is currently facing.
  • 9 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The Tiziano Project: helping local community journalists showcase their stories

    The Tiziano Project is a multimedia website and an outreach effort focusing on training citizen journalists in conflict and underreported regions around the globe. The project has trained community journalists in places like Somalia, Rwanda, DR Congo and Kenya and is developing guides and tools that will help these journalists produce and showcase their work.
  • 7 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    What type of journalist are you? A fighter, a disc jockey, or a waiter?

    What is journalism today? Activism, business or entertainment?” asks Joanna Mikosz, a professor of journalism at the Department of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Lodz. In the English-language handbook “On Press Journalism and Communication,” Mikosz proposes a set of characteristics defining the various types of journalists today.
  • 5 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    How to practise investigative journalism in the Arab region

    Exposing the truth and bringing accountability in the changing Arab region today have never been more important. Yet, while investigative journalism is gaining more attention in the Arab media scene, it still remains a rare journalistic genre. The Amman-based Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) describes itself as “the first and only initiative of its kind”, in the region, dedicated to promoting quality professional investigative journalism. ARIJ's Executive Director Rana Sabbagh shares her insights into the practice of investigative reporting by Arab journalists.
  • 2 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    How do Azerbaijani bloggers perceive Armenians? Introducing Hate 2.0

    International Alert, an NGO based in London working on conflict resolution, has recently carried out a study on how people on opposite sides of the conflicts in the South Caucasus perceive each other. Based on the study results, this article takes a closer look at the way Armenians are depicted in the Azerbaijani blogosphere.
  • 29 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Young journalist becomes Facebook hit during Romanian protests

    Vlad Ursulean is a 23-year old Romanian journalist who became known during the recent protests in the country. His coverage of the social movements that took place earlier this year in Bucharest made more people read his blog than watch well-known Romanian TV channels. Ursulean has now founded The Journalist's House, where he wants to gather good journalists to talk about the future of the media.
  • 27 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Covering the Arab world: A masterclass with Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera English has been broadcasting for fifteen years and currently reaches 250 countries around the world. According to Diarmuid Jeffreys, editor and executive producer of the weekly show People and Power, the network's intimate knowledge of the Arab region is key to the effectiveness of its coverage.
  • 22 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Flying to the moon with Volunia

    Is the concept of web searching about to be revolutionised with Volunia, the new social search engine made in Italy?
  • 21 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Media images: How much is too much?

    Photos of murdered Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi instigated a Europe-wide debate on media ethics. A recent Swiss study analyses how the Swiss media dealt with photo and video material in reporting on Gaddafi's death and to what extent they crossed boundaries of media ethics.
  • 20 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The New York Times’ evolving social media strategy

    The New York Times uses three principles when deciding how its journalists should use social media: do it strategically, be different, and strive for meaningful engagement with the audience.
  • 16 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Argentina: an Orwellian state or a forerunner of media reforms in Latin America?

    Two new contentious media laws adopted by the Argentine government last December are fuelling claims that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is attempting to increase state control over the country's newsprint industry. Supporters, however, say that the measures will lead to more pluralism and diversity in a media landscape dominated by two large monopolies.
  • 13 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    How to use quotes in news and features

    The correct use of quotes is an important part of journalism. What are the basic rules for adding quotes to news stories and features?
  • 9 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The Athena Film Festival, not just for women

    There is a new film festival gaining attention. The Athena Film Festival, now in its second year, is co-produced by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, a blog run by Melissa Silverstein. "It's important we remember that entertainment is a reflection of the culture," says Silverstein in an interview with Amanda Lin Costa. "When women are not visible and counted in the same way men are, we are all suffer for it."
  • 8 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Our Letter, a magazine for the blind in Romania

    The monthly magazine Our Letter is the only Romanian publication in Braille for visually impaired people. Editor-in-chief Mihai Dima explains why no modern software can truly replace the Braille code and what mainstream journalism can learn from the magazine and its reporting focus and qualities.
  • 7 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The Data Journalism Handbook: Final call for contributions

    Where can I find data and how can I request access to it? What tools are available to me? How can I find useful stories within datasets? And, most importantly, how can I make a living through the practice of data journalism? Do these questions sound familiar? They should, because these are all questions that any data journalist, who is just getting started, should be asking.
  • 3 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Facebook IPO – what it means for Zuckerberg and you

    Most of Facebook's revenue comes from advertising. It has become the largest platform for display advertising in the United States. The announcement of the impending IPO leads to the question: Where is Facebook heading and how does it affect its users?
  • 1 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Media and developers team up for Somalia Speaks SMS project

    Somalia Speaks, a collaboration between Souktel, Ushahidi, Al Jazeera, Crowdflower and the African Diaspora Institute, provides a platform for Somali citizens to have their say via SMS text messaging.
  • 30 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The rise of women journalists in the Kenyan media scene

    Women are increasingly becoming present in the media worldwide, a situation replicated in Kenya where women journalists are occupying strategic posts in the country's four daily newspapers, magazines and alternative media.
  • 30 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    New tax on subscriptions hits Finnish printed press sector

    Over a hundred media employees have lost their jobs as a result of the new tax on newspaper and magazine subscriptions implemented by the Finnish government. Layoff negotiations are currently under way for another 200 professionals. What will this mean for Finnish journalism?
  • 26 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The revolution will be televised, streamed and uploaded

    What is the role of video in the Occupy movement? Is it to bear witness? Is it to spread a political message? Is it to put events into a historical context? Is it an enticement to become part of something bigger than yourself that has helped the Occupy Wall Street movement grow into a global occupation? It is all these things. The role video is playing in the Occupy movement should be closely watched because it may just challenge the role mainstream media plays in today's digital, 24/7, tuned-in world.
  • 25 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Lithuania seeks to curb its banks’ appetite for media ownership

    Warning of pernicious ties between the financial sector and the media, Lithuanian authorities are set to pass law amendments prohibiting financial establishments from acquiring media outlets.
  • 20 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Fortune-tellers and psychics pervade Italian media

    Anyone sitting in front of the television in Italy would soon start believing that we are all in dire need of a clairvoyant. Astrologers, fortune-tellers, and all sorts of psychics claiming to be blessed with supernatural powers are thriving on a variety of small and private television channels.
  • 17 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Condition ONE: is immersive storytelling the next big step in conflict reporting?

    Condition ONE is a new tablet app allowing photographers to shoot 180 degrees frameless stories straight from the line of action. “Condition ONE will let people witness a story first-hand like never before,” promises its creator, American photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis.
  • 13 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Public funds for Italian media to be axed by 2013

    As Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's Cabinet is making cuts in virtually in every domain of the Italian public sector, party-owned media organisations are expected to suffer from a much feared slash of public funds. What consequences will the ending of state subsidies have for the Italian press?
  • 10 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    How free is the media in Romania?

    What are the current challenges facing the media in Romania and what are its most promising options for the future?
  • 6 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    12 tips for international media trainers

    Those invited to help the media overseas need to ensure that the training they offer is continually refreshed. It takes more time and costs more to produce, but media training must be continually reworked so that it is sensitive to local issues and better addresses local needs. And those delivering international training need to realise that we probably have more to learn than we have to give.
  • 4 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Ten things every journalist should know in 2012

    Take a look at this useful list of 10 tips for journalists at the start of the year, compiled by
  • 23 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Current trends in US documentary filmmaking

    Lower costs in pro-consumer digital equipment, the crowd-funding phenomenon and new online and mobile distribution models have opened the door the past few years to many first time documentary filmmakers in the United States. Independent filmmaking is on the rise and with that a trend for more personalized storytelling.
  • 21 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Unhappy about biography, Lithuanian basketball stars shake off public figure status

    A highly publicised court case in Lithuania involving the Lavrinoviciai twin-brother basketball stars is raising the question as to whether celebrities should be considered as public or private figures.
  • 13 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Recommended media reading list

    Are you looking for some holiday reading on media and journalism? The following selection of 15 titles might give you some ideas!
  • 8 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Tips for writing radio news scripts

    Radio journalists need to have an ear for the most newsworthy audio and must be able to write clear and informative scripts introducing the material they have gathered. It's not just about sounds; it's about words, too.
  • 1 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    The future of news: crowdsourced and connected

    Traditional media is experiencing the “perfect storm” of declining circulations, collapsing advertising revenues and seismic changes in the way news is produced and consumed. For editors, journalists and the customers, the problem has been that the nature of news and the relationship between the producers and consumers has fundamentally changed. News is no longer produced for a passive audience to consume.
  • 1 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Iraqi bloggers and social media activists speak up for their country

    Bloggers played an important role in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities in rallying public opinion during demonstrations earlier this year. Young Iraqis who are active on Facebook and Twitter say that “social networking sites are useful to network, communicate with friends and disseminate news and pictures." What is the current state of the blogosphere in Iraq and how do young Iraqi bloggers and activists use social media platforms?
  • 28 November 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Media freedom in Israel eroding fast

    Recent bills proposed by the Israeli government are being criticised as restricting freedom of expression. Is Israel's media independence under threat?
  • 23 November 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Minority voices on social media networks

    While an increasing number of studies are analysing the role of social media networks as platforms for contact, cooperation and socialisation, little research has been done in Europe so far on their implications for the specific case of minority groups. The European Centre for Minority Issues, a research and policy institution based in the German town of Flensburg, recently welcomed a group of European researchers and web analysts on minority issues to discuss the use of social media networks by ethnic, linguistic, immigrant and sexual minorities.
  • 22 November 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Press freedom award honours courageous Bahraini journalist

    Mansoor al-Jamri stands among the four journalists who on November 22, 2011 will be honoured in New York with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2011 International Press Freedom Awards. Mansoor al-Jamri, 50, is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Al-Wasat, Bahrain's leading Arabic independent daily.