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Our ongoing selection of journalism and media news.

  • 2 February 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Evolution, not revolution: An academic examines the blogosphere

    An evolution is taking place within the online information sphere. As such, flows of information as well as news cycles are readjusting. The structures and workflow processes at mainstream media outlets are also changing as a result. To understand these shifts, careful consideration of new communication technologies is as necessary as challenging oft-circulated assumptions about authority within the communities enabled by these information technologies.
  • 5 January 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Iran’s nuclear power: Failing to fuel smart reporting

    Is the international press making it easier for Western political leaders to establish a time frame for military action against Iran? Little reporting has questioned whether nuclear programmes in Iran could in fact be oriented toward civilians. Politicians often use information, amplified via mass media, to build a pretext for justifying the use of military force. The case that springs to many minds is Iraq prior to the March, 2003, invasion. Is it repeating itself now?
  • 31 August 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    A media storm and the disaster that never befell Riga

    There is much assumed about the powerful role of mass media in society. Among the leading assumptions is the existence of a Fourth Estate; an institution that protects the public from the excesses of the state. Such an assumption requires fulfilment of two conditions. First, that the public interest is in fact the leading motivating factor of the mass media. Second, the assertion of a Fourth Estate assumes political accountability and public engagement in politics. To challenge this conventional ‘wisdom' one need look no further than a communications foul-up during the aftermath of a chemical spill in July, 2009, in Riga, Latvia. Greg Simons was sitting in a flat in Riga, channel surfing and trying to find something decent on TV in the run up to the New Wave music festival at Jurmala. It soon became obvious to him that something was seriously wrong, and that something wrong was happening in Riga. The local journalists seemed to be in a bustling state of excitement and intense activity.
  • 9 July 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    The road to journalism continues: Why we choose to be journalists

    In an occasional series in which practising journalists or students of journalism at the end of their studies give a personal account of why they are pursuing journalism as a profession, Greg Simons interviews a Russian journalist. Dmitry Babich, a reporter based in Moscow at the English-language magazine Russia Profile, has been a journalist for 20 years. He discusses the changes he has seen in Russia during those years and compares his experiences there with work done in France and the United States.
  • 20 May 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Swine flu, media fever

    Crises are not necessarily understood in their early phases, especially when they involve the emergence of a viral or bacterial hazard. But when the 24/7 news production system gets going and there is no capacity to build understanding, journalists report on every rumour and whisper without asking sceptical follow-up questions. Who does this benefit? And when tough questions are asked, they're often seen as argumentative. Why?
  • 13 April 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    The road to journalism: Why we choose to be journalists

    A Liberian doctoral student talks about studying journalism in Moscow and what he hopes to accomplish upon return to Africa.
  • 30 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Journalism: A product of its environment?

    A number of problems arise when we speak of journalism as if we are talking fondly of a almost homogenous organism. The assumption of shared ethics and values brings about a false perception.
  • 18 February 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Guarding freedom of the press

    Banter about the notion of guarding the freedom of the press clutters the airwaves around the globe, even in countries generally considered to lack a free press. Press freedom is considered to be a noble and worthy cause. But what does press freedom mean?
  • 10 February 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    It’s complex: Becoming a stranger in your own land

    One man's journey from New Zealand to Sweden - with frequent side trips to Russia - helped him better understand the complexities of communicating the Global War on Terror.
  • 27 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    The story before the headline

    Introducing background information that gives context to a news event is essential in order to give a story both context and meaning. Without contextualisation, a spectacular and newsworthy story may misinterpreted and even manipulated.
  • 14 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    When an economic crisis is not a crisis

    What to do when companies and political parties won't use the word crisis? Seeing through world choice of decision makers is as critical for today's financial journalists as the credit crisis itself.
  • 4 December 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Citizen journalism in the age of global terrorism

    Of course there were instances of citizen journalism before 7 July, 2005. This is, however, considered to be the ‘turning point' insofar as it saw the mainstream media using content sent in by non-journalists. The terror attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai again thrust the work and effects of citizen journalists into the mainstream media.
  • 25 November 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Mass Media: An instrument of war?

    The idea that mass media can propagate war is a controversial one, one which may seem to go against the assumption of public interest aspects and roles mass media are assumed to play in society.