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Our ongoing selection of journalism and media news.

  • 18 October 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Media coverage ethics for a changing media landscape

    News sites in Germany are sharing articles with ‘partners' in Denmark, Italy and the USA. Do all these writers follow the same journalistic standards? (Probably not.) Should readers demand the same quality of reporting? (Why not?) And does it really matter if the trend is toward tabloidisation anyway? (YES, if you value quality journalism.) Meanwhile, bloggers' influence is growing, and in countries like Canada they now share journalistic protections -- so long as they report responsibly. We now need to foster quality journalism AND quality blogging on an international level. For bloggers, it means stepping up to the mark; for reporters it means sharing a space with foreign and citizen journalists.
  • 13 September 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Pitching to the Economist

    Getting your work published in the Economist, one of the most respected papers in the world with a global readership of 4 million, is no mean feat. Doing so with an article about old tyres, while still a student, is quite an achievement. Read this interview with RELATE's Tiffany Stecker for more on 'conquering' the Economist.
  • 16 July 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Fear and objectivity in conflict reporting

    Israeli documentary filmmaker, Itai Anghel insists on responsible reporting...
  • 5 July 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Science PR: Putting journalists out of the picture

    ‘Are science journalists too tame to be watchdogs?' was the title of a debate at the EuroScience Open Forum 2010, pitting struggling science reporters against their counterparts from scientific institutes. It was not only provocative but also a little simplistic. The problem is not that journalists are too ‘tame' to do their job properly, but that they lack time, money and support – three things enjoyed more and more by their opposite numbers in PR departments...
  • 30 June 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Conflict Reporting 2010: Lessons from Israel

    Days after the ‘fatal flotilla' off the coast of Gaza, around 30 reporters flew into Israel for the ‘Media in Conflicts Seminar' (MICS). Aiming to ‘improve' foreign coverage of the conflict, the workshop featured a raft of journalists, academics and officials – all of them Israeli. Question is: can coverage be balanced when you only have one side of the story? Or is foreign media already biased against Israel, justifying a robust defence?
  • 11 May 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Press Freedom in Turkey: Signs of hope for 2010?

    Last year Turkey ranked 122nd in a press freedom index. To find out why, EJC talked to Mahmut Çinar, a journalism lecturer at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul. We hear of a stark media landscape: from draconian laws to political interference, from the Kurdish question to the Armenian genocide. But as EU accession talks continue and taboos are broken down, there are some small signs of hope.
  • 3 May 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Press Freedom 2010: An EJC field guide

    For Press Freedom Day 2010, EJC looks at emergency services for journalists, global rankings on Reporters Without Borders, and fighting the 'censorship arms race' via technology and training. We include practical suggestions on how to help journalists in danger.
  • 4 November 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Pitching for Publication: Starting Out

    Pitching is tricky at the best of times. Things are even harder in the financial crisis, especially if you have little 'pure' journalism experience. With this in mind, and as part of its RELATE project, EJC presents a series on pitching best practice. The aim is simple: to help young and aspiring journalists get a 'foot in the door' and their names in print. Who do I contact? How persistent can I be? Should I send teasers or links? -- Just a few of the questions tackled in this interview.
  • 18 October 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Innovate to inspire: How can we empower the next generation?

    Innovation is at our fingertips in our homes, schools and offices. But it's often hard to grasp. EJC's latest conference in a series on innovation featured passionate presentations and thoughtful responses to a host of next generation questions.
  • 3 August 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    New media observatory: White elephant or Trojan horse?

    The planned pan-African media observatory is an ambitious project that aims to protect and develop the media industry across the continent. But how will it work in practice? Who will use it and to what ends? The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) says the plans lack clarity, ignore existing tools like the Windhoek Declaration, and could ultimately “threaten press freedom in the region”. EJC spoke to Bettina Peters, Director of GFMD, for more background on the nascent plans.
  • 3 May 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    I’m a journalist – Get me out of here! (Why media freedom is no joke)

    Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, EJC caught up with Joe Stork, Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch, for a look at press freedom in Europe's backyard.
  • 24 April 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Flashbacks: Interfacing Innovation conference

    A packed 3-day schedule drew experts and journalists from the EU and beyond, debating the future of innovation. Was it a mine of new ideas or information overload?
  • 6 April 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Postcard from Perugia: Notes and quotes from the Perugia International Journalism Festival

    Perugia 2009 aimed to be informal and accessible, appealing to journalists, journalism students and anyone interested in media's role in society. It may have been free, but was it time well spent?
  • 25 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Review: MediaGuardian Changing Media Summit 2009

    Another week, another conference on how to buck the downward trend. Enough to justify a ticket of close to £700 GBP? Was it lively, informative and representative – or a hit and miss affair? After liveblogging the event, EJC weighs it all up.
  • 13 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Blogging The Middle East

    How easy is it to work, write and travel in the Middle East? What can you learn about the people, history and politics? What are the pitfalls to avoid? EJC spoke to US doctor Seema J. about a six week trip through Lebanon and Egypt, combining work as a doctor with blogging for the Houston Chronicle.
  • 11 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    A high-priced affair: DNA

    The Digital News Affairs Conference tackled the crisis sweeping the global media industry: an €1150 conference during the worst financial downturn since the 1930s. The EJC featured on a panel and reported from the audience.
  • 9 March 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Media Freedom in Egypt: Interview with Human Rights Watch

    Hundreds of bloggers, journalists and activists have been arrested in Egypt in the context of the recent war in Gaza. Heba Fatma Morayef, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, talks to EJC about media freedom in Egypt and how the Internet is opening up new avenues for dissent.
  • 12 February 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Postcard from Paris: Interviewing 6 billion Others

    The exhibition 6 billion Others casts a wide net, featuring thousands of video portraits of people of all ages and backgrounds. Is it a model for mass interviewing or a video Leviathan?
  • 28 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Three guides to writing: Structure, struggle and alcohol

    Writing is like swimming: some dive in without any effort. But others struggle: stopping and starting before running out of steam. If you think you have writer's block, find some traction with these guides.
  • 20 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Obama, YouTube and ‘Democratisation of Fundraising’

    Today Barack Obama enters the White House. His campaign was out of this world. But what exactly did he do differently?
  • 12 January 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Obama to the credit crunch: Tracking major events and magnetic personalities

    Reporters and readers love to hate certain politicians. Good characters sell stories. But some subjects are characterless and difficult to flesh out.