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Public media organisations providing mental health services for staff

More public media organisations are offering mental health services and support for employees to address and improve the overall mental health and wellbeing of their workforces.

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The mental pressures and burdens on staff at public media organisations are considerable. In the current climate, where public media organisations are facing increased financial pressures, staff are often expected to provide more high-quality content for less. Journalism is considered by many to be an increasingly dangerous profession, with worrying levels of online harassment, especially towards women journalists. It may come as no surprise that journalists are suffering from work-related stress, burnout, anxiety, trauma, and overall deteriorating mental health from high workloads and increased online and offline abuse.

It is pivotal that PSMs, as employers, provide staff with appropriate and accessible support to help identify and manage work-related psychological issues that may arise due to their occupation. ABC, BBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, Channel 4, KBS and RNZ are all examples of public media organisations that have increased their mental health and wellbeing support for employees in recent years.

An ongoing, proactive awareness and long-term commitment to addressing and managing the increasing pressures on public media workers is an innovation in and of itself. It is in the best interest for both the employee and employer to have a workforce that is mentally resilient and supported so they can continue doing the important work they do – providing a vital public service for audiences and strengthening the health of democracies.

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Opening Ceremony Of The Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s 53rd General Assembly

CBU: On 15 August, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union kicked off its 53rd General Assembly with an opening ceremony. During a ceremony, PMA’s former CEO, Sally-Ann Wilson, was honoured with the 2022 CBU President’s Award (timestamp – 1:18:24) for her stellar contributions not only to broadcasting internationally but also to the Caribbean media landscape.

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France abolishes the licence fee

Digital TV Europe: This episode [of Digital TV Europe’s podcast TV Watch], Omdia research analyst Matthew Evenson joins host Jonathan Easton to provide his perspective on the French television market, the ramifications of the parliamentary vote and the parallels between this and the UK government’s ongoing push to abolish its licence fee.

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BURKINA FASO: Burkina Faso’s president must not block media regulator (8 August)

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Burkina Faso’s president to promote press freedom instead of paralysing the country’s media regulator, the Superior Council for Communication (CSC), or trying to take it over.

GHANA: GBC, Small Arms Commission sign MOU to combat proliferation of small arms and light weapons

GBC News: The Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Afia Azaratu Yakubu, says the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country is a source of worry.

GUINEA: Further attacks on freedom of expression and association.

Amnesty International

MALAWI: MBC rolls out MBC2 on Go the Go channel

Malawi Nyasa Times: State controlled broadcaster, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) director general George Kasakula says the public broadcaster is set to roll out a new MBC2 On the Go channel by the end of this month. Kasakula said the new channel is set to focus on high definition programming responsive to the needs of its youthful audience. 

MAURITIUS: Mauritians voice growing demand for media freedom, strong support for public access to government information, Afrobarometer study shows

AfroBarometer: Large and growing majorities of Mauritians say the country’s news media should be free of government interference and should play the role of a watchdog over government, a recent Afrobarometer survey indicates.

NIGERIA: NBC’s fines on media firms violate press freedom

Punch News: It’s fast becoming a trend for the Federal Government to sanction media houses for stories, aired or written, that its agencies perceived as damaging the country’s image.

NIGERIA: Radio Frequency Spectrum Must Be Cleared By Govt. Agency

Broadcast Media Africa: In Nigeria, The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) seeks to remind members of the public, Departments, Agencies of Governments and Ministeries that by the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003), the NFMC is the apex body for Radio Frequency Spectrum Administration in the country.

SOUTH AFRICA: Complaints over South Africa TV transmission costs

Advanced Television: There are a number of complaints coming from public and private broadcasters that Sentech, the provider of TV signals around South Africa, is overcharging and using anti-competitive behaviour. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Delving into the South African media landscape with the Africa Media Barometer

Mail & Guardian

SOUTH AFRICA: Kaya FM owners want to stop SABC deal with Primedia (Paywall)

City Press: The owner of the commercial radio station Kaya FM, Kagiso Media, wants to halt the implementation of the advertising partnership between the SABC and Primedia, which is worth R125 million.

SOUTH AFRICA: Manufactured dissent: Authoritarian left and right join hands against South Africa’s independent media

Daily Maverick

SOUTH AFRICA: #Tembisa: If journalists are under attack, who will tell our stories? (Listen)

Eyewitness News: Inside Eyewitness News held a roundtable discussion about the attacks on journalists when they cover protests.

TUNISIA: In Tunisia, a New Fight for Press Freedom 

VOA: Dreams of a free press cut short as Tunisia’s journalists once again push back against threats to free expression.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe Makes First Journalist Arrests Under Cybersecurity Law

IPS News Agency: Zimbabwe’s press freedom credentials suffered further criticism with the arrest of two journalists from a privately-owned newspaper charged with transmitting “false data messages.”

REGIONAL: Canal+ Group continues to make moves that will see it become the dominant Pay-TV player across all Sub-Saharan Africa

Balancing Act

AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan has lost almost 60% of its journalists since the fall of Kabul

RSF: According to the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) survey, in the year since the Taliban took power on 15 August 2021, Afghanistan has lost 39.59% of its media outlets and 59.86% of its journalists, especially women journalists, three quarters of whom are now unemployed and no longer exist in 11 provinces. All this has happened amid a deep economic crisis and crackdown on press freedom. 

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Show ‘No Commitment to Press Freedom’

VOA News: One year after the Taliban seized power, Afghanistan’s media face censorship, violence and economic hardship, with women’s voices largely silenced.

AFGHANISTAN & US: Journalist safety, press freedom groups urge U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to expedite visas for Afghan journalists (Letter)

CPJ: As the one-year anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan approaches, we the undersigned press freedom and journalist safety organizations write to urge you and the Department of State to take every possible step to expedite the processing of Priority 2-referred Afghans under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and Special Immigrant Visa applications (P-2 and SIV) from at-risk Afghan citizens, and in particular journalists.

CAMBODIA: Cambodian Journalists Are Telling Truths, Not Breaking Laws

Polygraph.info: Cambodia has crushed media freedom along with political opposition as the world’s longest-serving ruler, Hun Sen, sets up dynasty.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong gov’t watchdog to investigate news dept’s refusal to reveal list of media invited to cover July 1 celebrations

HKFP: Hong Kong’s Information Services Department told HKFP that the disclosure of a full media invite list for July 1’s leadership inauguration and Handover celebrations “would harm or prejudice Hong Kong’s security.”

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Police Force vows to quickly clarify rumours and ‘misinformation’ with new Public Relations Wing

HKFP: The Hong Kong Police Force has rebranded its public relations branch and introduced a 24-hour mechanism to monitor online “smearing” of police work.

HONG KONG: RSF is concerned by the appointment of another “political commissar” as the head of public broadcaster RTHK

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the appointment of Eddie Cheung as the head of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), the territory’s former representative to the European Union, who in his previous position was involved in a smear campaign against international media.

INDIA: Post-truth, Misinformation & Fact checking: A state-sponsored tale of intimidation of journalists

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INDONESIA: Press freedom is under attack in Indonesia (Opinion)

Al Jazeera: With several courtroom battles ongoing, fates of countless journalists are hanging in the balance.

NEPAL: Press freedom under threat as ‘disinformation’ and ‘fake news’ erode media credibility


PAKISTAN: Pakistani Ex-PM’s Adviser, TV News Boss To Face Sedition Charges

RFE/RL: An adviser to Pakistani ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan and the news chief of the private TV station that aired his recent comments about the country’s powerful military will face sedition charges, the interior minister has said.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan media regulatory warns TV channels against airing misinformation concerning state institutions

ThePrint: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Tuesday issued a warning to all satellite TV channels against spreading “propaganda”, “misinformation and disinformation” concerning state institutions.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS 1st place in influence and reliability… The Hankyoreh is the top newspaper trusted by experts (Korean) 

Hankyoreh: The weekly current affairs magazine <Sisa Journal> announced on the 15th that in a ‘2022 Who Moves Korea’ survey of 500 experts in each field and 500 general public, Korean Broadcasting was selected as the ‘most trusted media’ overall. 27.2% of experts and 36.2% of the general public answered that they trust Korean broadcasting the most. 

THAILAND: Thai PBS raised the issue of “inequality” told through quality dramas and documentaries. Streaming now on VIPA (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: With an atmosphere of peaceful and creative cooperation, together with VIPA  , the video streaming platform from Thai PBS, [the broadcaster] has selected quality content consistent with the reduction of inequality to present to the audience both in the form of drama and documentary. 

VIETNAM: Vietnam’s government struggles to counter what it calls ‘fake news’

Radio Free Asia: While the removal rate on international news sites reached 95% there has been a surge in misinformation, it claims.

AUSTRALIA: ABC on Voice ‘deeply troubling’: Price

Crikey: The ABC will only provide a one-sided case of the Indigenous voice to parliament, senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has told a federal Nationals meeting.

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s media bargaining code led the world. It’s time to get tougher on Facebook and finish what we started (Opinion)

The Conversation: Public interest journalism is essential to a well-functioning society, even for those who do not watch or read it. It holds the powerful to account, provides a journal of record and is a forum for ideas.

AUSTRALIA: Nine technology chief departs for ABC

WA Today: Nine Entertainment Co’s chief information and technology officer Damian Cronan is departing the business to head up the ABC’s digital unit.

AUSTRALIA: Some Christian Porter defamation court files to remain secret for at least a decade

The Guardian: Decades-long secrecy orders have been made over files related to former Morrison government minister Christian Porter’s now-settled defamation case against the ABC.

FIJI: Amnesty, Civicus condemn Fiji spelling mistake contempt lawsuit as ‘violation’

Asia Pacific Report: Amnesty International and Civicus have called on the Fiji government to drop contempt of court charges against a lawyer in Fiji for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

NEW ZEALAND: Broadcasting Minister open to discussing independence of new public media entity

RNZ News: With less than a year until its launch, Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson says he is willing to address opposition concerns over the independence of the new government funded public media entity.

NEW ZEALAND: Future of 122 reporters hired through Public Interest Journalism Fund unclear

Stuff: Media companies have expressed concern about the ability to retain 122 journalists who have been hired with funding from the Government, Broadcasting and Media Minister Willie Jackson says.

NEW ZEALAND: Public media entity draws closer (Listen)

RNZ: The new public broadcasting entity is one step closer to becoming a reality, as the legislation setting it up makes its way through Parliament. By mid next year Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media will be operating, with RNZ and TVNZ as subsidiaries. The finer details of how it’s all going to work are still being thrashed out.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Honiara denies wanting to control Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, while moving to replace its board

ABC News: The Solomon Islands government is moving to sack and replace the board of the national broadcaster, but has dismissed claims it is going to take control of its editorial policies. 

ALBANIA: Analysis: Journalism in Albania is at the Whim of Media Owners

Exit.al: A handful of people own most of the conventional media in Albania and experts say that the concentration of ownership undermines freedom of speech by censoring journalists. The data speak of a lack of media pluralism, while the weak legal framework and weak institutions blur the divisions between media, politics and business.

BELARUS: “The most important thing in working abroad is to deliver truthful information” – Reporting on Belarus in 2022

ECPMF: Tatsiana Ashurkevich is a journalist from Belarus who works with the news outlet Zerkalo.io. 

BELARUS: Two years of state terror against independent journalism

IPI: International community must not lose focus on plight of independent journalists.

FRANCE: France abolishes the licence fee (Listen)

Digital TV Europe: This episode [of Digital TV Europe’s podcast TV Watch], Omdia research analyst Matthew Evenson joins host Jonathan Easton to provide his perspective on the French television market, the ramifications of the parliamentary vote and the parallels between this and the UK government’s ongoing push to abolish its licence fee.

GEORGIA: Georgia’s ruling party is committed to silencing independent media

Global Voices: Three television channels are facing steep fines.

GERMANY: Corruption allegations shake Germany’s public broadcasters

DW: Big questions are again being asked about the future of Germany’s public broadcasters after Patricia Schlesinger, director of Berlin’s public broadcaster RBB, resigned over mismanagement charges.

GERMANY: German TV operators file antitrust complaint against ARD, ZDF (Paywall)

Telecompaper: The German Association for Broadcasting and Broadband Communication (FKR) has filed an antitrust complaint against public broadcasters ARD and ZDF for refusing to pay feed-in/transmission fees. 

GREECE: Greek phone-hacking scandal: investigative media’s key role

France 24: Investigative journalism has emerged as a powerful force during Greece’s phone-hacking scandal, rocking a government that tries to “control” the media landscape, experts say.

GREECE: How Greece became Europe’s worst place for press freedom

Politico: The country’s financial crisis sapped media profits. Outlets grew more partisan. Critical reporting waned. Threats toward reporters rose.

ITALY: Multi-year agreement between Rai and Sky (Press release – Italian)

Rai: Rai and Sky have signed a multi-year agreement thanks to which the RaiPlay app will now also be available on the Sky Q platform. 

KOSOVO & SERBIA: To stop war breaking out in Kosovo, media freedom in Serbia must be addressed (Opinion)

Euractiv: An explosion of Russian disinformation threatened a breakout of conflict in Kosovo, highlighting the urgent need to address the declining information environment in the region, writes Antoinette Nikolova.

NETHERLANDS: PersVeilig makes website even more accessible (Dutch)

Spreekbuis: PersVeilig has radically renewed and expanded its website. This provides even better support for journalists and media makers in dealing with threats and violence during the performance of their work.

NETHERLANDS: The regional public broadcasters are renewing DAB reception (Dutch)

Spreekbuis: The DAB reception of the radio stations of the thirteen regional public broadcasters is being renewed. This improves the sound quality and adjusts the coverage. 

POLAND: New channel for Poland’s TVP

Broadband TV News: The Polish public broadcaster TVP will officially launch a new thematic channel named TVP Nauka on October 3.

POLAND: TVP World grows YouTube figures

Broadband TV News: The number of YouTube subscribers to the Polish public broadcaster’s international English language channel TVP World has increased by 145.8% in the last three months.

RUSSIA: OSCE Media Freedom Representative strongly deplores the continued practice of judicial persecution of journalists in Russia (Press release)

OSCE: Following recent cases of criminal and administrative charges against journalists and media professionals in the Russian Federation, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, strongly deplores the continued practice of judicial persecution resulting in further decline in media freedom and access to information.

RUSSIA: Russia’s Novaya Gazeta fined $5,700 for ‘abusing media freedom’

Devdiscourse: The Russian independent news outlet Novaya Gazeta said it had been fined 350,000 roubles ($5,700) on Wednesday for “abusing media freedom”. 

SLOVAKIA: RTVS Head Machaj Wants to Meet Heger over Funding of Public-service Broadcaster

TASR: New general director of public-service broadcaster RTVS Lubos Machaj wants to meet Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OLaNO), with Machaj asking for the meeting during his visit to the Government Office on Thursday, TASR was told by head of the Government Office Julius Jakab on the same day. 

SLOVENIA: Journalist Named New Head of Govt Communications Office

Total Slovenia News: Prime Minister Robert Golob has proposed that TV Slovenija journalist Petra Bezjak Cirman be appointed the new head of the government Communications Office (UKOM). 

SLOVENIA: Slovenian media move to defend themselves, but face complex challenges

IPI: Delo examines the state of the country’s media and its challenges.

SPAIN: RTVE Deploys TVU Networks Cloud Technology

TV Technology: The Spanish broadcaster leveraged TVU Producer and other tools for 4K and HD productions.

SWEDEN: Sveriges Radio’s website blocked in Russia (Press release – Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: During the night of August 16, Sveriges Radio was informed that the site sverigesradio.se had been blocked in Russia. It is extremely serious that Russia shuts out media other than its own media loyal to the regime. It reduces the opportunity for ordinary Russians to access uncensored information about the war in Ukraine.

UK: BBC Says It Broke Its Own Impartiality Guidelines By Broadcasting Russell T Davies Interview

Huffington Post: The It’s A Sin creator was critical of the UK government during an interview with the BBC at this year’s TV Baftas.

UK: BBC scrapping classified football results ‘disappointing,’ says blind listener

BBC News: A County Down man, who is registered blind, has said a BBC decision to scrap Radio 5 Live’s classified football results is “extremely disappointing”.

UK: British drama and live national events help BBC iPlayer break new records (Press release)

BBC: BBC iPlayer saw programmes streamed a record 1.6 billion times between April and June this year.

UKRAINE: The Council of Europe conducted training for system administrators of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine

Council of Europe: The Council of Europe organised an intense online training for system administrators of Ukrainian Public Broadcaster UA:PBC on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 

UKRAINE & DENMARK: DR journalist works from Kyiv: ‘Last week there weren’t enough hours in the day’ (Danish)

DR: She covers the war at close range and makes both TV features, live broadcasts, radio interviews and writes articles. Meet Louise Brodthagen, who works at DR’s office in Kyiv and get an insight into a working day that takes place in a war zone.

GENERAL: IBC2022 Awards: BBC centenary, Ukrainian broadcasting efforts, 3D graphics and XR celebrated

IBC: IBC has announced its most prestigious innovation award will be presented to the BBC to celebrate its 100 years in the media industry. The International Honour for Excellence this year recognises the world’s first public broadcaster and its achievements since it first went on air in 1922 as the organisation celebrates BBC100.

BOLIVIA: Suffocation against Los Tiempos attacks democracy and international agreements (Spanish)

Los Tiempos: Analysts and personalities consider that the Government violates the American Convention on Human Rights, freedom of the press, of expression, fundamental bases of democracy and that Bolivia follows in the footsteps of Venezuela and Nicaragua to silence the independent press that makes political power uncomfortable.

BRAZIL: One hundred years of radio in Brazil: sound design on the radio (Portuguese)

Agência Brasil: One of the most acclaimed features of radio is its great ability to spark the imagination. Sound design is a huge ally in this regard.

BRAZIL: Unfreedom Monitor Report: Brazil (Spanish) 

Global Voices: Under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil, the largest democracy in Latin America, has seen an unprecedented increase in threats to the fundamental rights of citizens. 

CHILE: The public children’s channel NTV celebrated its first anniversary (Press release – Spanish)

Prensario Internacional: The family cultural signal of Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) celebrated its first year on the air, ranking as the most watched among children’s and cultural channels in the country.

COLOMBIA: Our cultures: a public media tribute to the indigenous diversity of Colombia (Spanish)

RTVC: On the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, Señal Colombia, Radionica and Radio Nacional offer you through their TikTok accounts an overview of the cultural and diverse wealth of the communities that inhabit our country.

ECUADOR: The IAPA asks Ecuador to create a program to protect journalists from assassinations (Spanish)

VOA: The murders of journalists in recent weeks have caused concern for the IAPA, which has asked the Ecuadorian government to establish a protection system to prevent attacks.

GUATEMALA: Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora charged with financial crimes, remains in detention

CPJ: A judge in a Guatemala City court on Tuesday ordered Guatemalan journalist and president of the elPeriódico newspaper José Rubén Zamora to remain in pre-trial detention while prosecutors move forward with a criminal investigation on charges of money laundering, blackmail, and influence peddling.

JAMAICA: 1834 Investments merger approved by shareholders

Jamaica Gleaner: Shareholders in 1834 Investments Limited gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a scheme of arrangement that will see the merger of the remnant company with the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.

MEXICO: From harassment and digital violence, to lethality vs journalists (Spanish – Opinion)

Expansión Política: Online information stealers scour the Internet for data that can be used to intimidate and harass media workers, and prevent them from doing their jobs.

NICARAGUA: Ortega closes three more radio stations and the number of media outlets canceled in August increases to 17 (Spanish)

VOA: The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, canceled three more radio stations in Nicaragua on Monday alleging alleged irregularities.

PARAGUAY: Three workers who had denounced harassment in Albavisión are fired (Spanish)

IFJ: Following the complaint of sexual harassment filed by a group of female workers in May of this year against a manager of Channel 9, three journalists were fired without cause during the last days of July, in a clear act of harassment aimed at disciplining the colleagues who want to continue demanding decent working conditions and workplaces free of violence.

URUGUAY: Raffo pointed out that Cosse “uses” TV Ciudad as a “political tool” (Spanish)

El País: “A public media outlet should be independent and not have any political bias,” said the former mayoral candidate and current president of the nationalist Montevideo Department.

REGIONAL: Journalism launchpad program encourages 12 Latin American newsrooms to create digital products 

LatAm Journalism Review: A whatsapp bot to help victims, an app to listen to World Cup soccer matches, content recommendation modules powered by artificial intelligence, a website for immigrants in the United States and a software to create scrolly-telling formats are some of the digital product prototypes that emerged from the first cohort of the News Product Design Sprint program. 

IRAQ & SYRIA:  Media pluralism under attack from Kurdish authorities in both Syria and Iraq

RSF: In recent weeks, the governments in the autonomous regions of Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan have been targeting journalists working for TV channels linked to rival political parties. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in the two Kurdistans to stop sacrificing media pluralism to political rivalry.

PALESTINE: Hamas Issues, Then Rescinds, Sweeping Rules on Gaza Coverage

VOA News: Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers issued sweeping new restrictions on journalists after the recent conflict there, but then rescinded them, a group representing foreign media in Israel and the Palestinian territories said Tuesday.

TURKEY: A “Kiss of Freedom” for Turkey’s Press

Nieman Reports: When two young journalists were married in a Turkish prison in 2017, they vowed to be always together “in bondage and in freedom, in autocracy and in democracy.” 

TURKEY: BIRN Journalists Threatened by Turkish Far-Right ‘Wolves’

Balkan Insight: BIRN journalists Nermina Kuloglija and Hamdi Fırat Buyuk have received threatening messages from members of a Turkish far-right nationalist organisation.

TURKEY: Nationalist threats against Turkish journalists and media critical of government 

RSF: With less than a year to go to presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, media and journalists are being threatened by ultra-nationalist politicians. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns these intimidation attempts and calls on Turkey’s political parties to see reason.

TURKEY: Top court finds rights violations in advertising bans imposed on opposition newspapers

SCF: Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that advertising bans imposed on BirGün, Sözcü, Cumhuriyet and Evrensel, all newspapers critical of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, violated their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, Turkish Minute reported, citing Deutsche Welle Turkish service.

TURKEY: Turkish Journalists Demand New State Advertising Law After Court Ruling

Balkan Insight: Journalists in Turkey call for a new law on public advertising revenues after a Constitutional Court ruling said the state agency in charge had violated media freedom by acting as a political tool of the government.

CANADA: Attack on Brampton, Ont. media personality 1 of 3 such incidents, police won’t say if connected

CBC News: An attack on a well-known Brampton real estate agent and media personality in his own driveway was one of three such recent attacks, police say.

CANADA: Canada’s CMPA urges CBC licence delay over indie spending thresholds

TBI Vision: The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has urged the country’s government to reject public broadcaster CBC’s new license deal because of “deep concerns” that it is removing minimum spending requirements with Indies.

CANADA: Get the facts: CBC does not have “143 executive directors” or “1,033 managers” making millions in bonuses (Press release – 3 August)

CBC/Radio-Canada: This is just the latest example of inaccurate and misleading reporting by this collection of online outlets that regularly target Canada’s public broadcaster, and seek to criticize its English-language service, CBC, in particular.

CANADA: Help us build CBC/Radio-Canada’s National Indigenous Strategy (3 August)

CBC News: CBC/Radio-Canada wants to hear from Indigenous communities about what they want from their public broadcaster. Since April, we have been traveling across Canada to meet with members of  First Nations, Inuit and Métis People to listen and bring forward their input into how the national public broadcaster can represent and reflect diverse Indigenous cultures, interests and needs. 

CANADA: How do the Conservative leadership candidates compare on the issues?

CBC News: The Conservative Party of Canada will announce its new leader on 10 September. In this interactive news report from CBC News, the five candidates’ positions and promises are outlined. Notably, each candidate has promised to either review CBC’s mandate or defund the public broadcaster entirely. 

CANADA: Press attacks reveal cracks in Canadian democracy

The Narwhal: Canada ranks as satisfactory on a global list of press freedom. Is that something to be proud of?

US: API Launches Election Coverage & Community Listening Fund

American Press Institute: The American Press Institute is launching a small grants initiative to help newsrooms improve and deepen their relationships with their communities in this year’s elections. 

US: California budget provides $15 million to KVCR licensee’s “long-range plan” (Paywall)

Current: The state funds support continuation of PBS and NPR programming on KVCR and will help the community college licensee break ground on a new student media lab.

US: How tracking source diversity is changing coverage at NPR and MPR (Paywall)

Current: “I think that the only way we do better is if we have accountability,” said Pallavi Gogoi, head of NPR’s business desk.

US: Kentucky stations struggle to report on — and recover from — historic flooding (Paywall)

Current: Téa Wimer, who leads community radio station WMMT in Kentucky, couldn’t reach the station when record-shattering floodwaters poured through the eastern part of the state last week.

US: NextGen TV Launches by Public Stations Up 300% in One Year

TV Technology: 12 public stations are now offering NextGen TV/ATSC 3.0 broadcasts with half a dozen planning launches in the near future.

US: ProPublica, PBS/Frontline and National Public Radio win National Press Club awards

PR Newswire: Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club today announced the winners of the prestigious National Press Club Journalism Awards. […] PBS/Frontline won two awards – including an Arthur Rowse award for coverage of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her staff in the run-up to an election in the Philippines. 

US: TV Pubcasters Chime In On FCC State of NextGen TV NPRM

Radio & Television Business Report: America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) submitted comments on Tuesday in response to the third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the state of the “Next Generation” broadcast television transition.

As every content creator is a ‘journalist’, media studies should be mandatory (Opinion)

iNews: The principles of journalism hold strong everywhere in the world for a generation of social media content creators.

Besides AI, regulation key to fight mis/disinformation (Opinion)

Thomson Reuters Foundation: While AI has a crucial role to play in controlling what is seen online, government regulations play an important part in determining how such methods are to be used.

Does Gen Z spend too much time on social media? (Paywall)

The Economist: A new survey offers clues on teenage screen time

Environmental Journalism, Part 5: Reporting on environmental crime (Listen)

IJNet: For more about what it takes to report on environmental crime, we spoke with Fiona Macleod, founder and director of the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, Africa’s first investigative outlet covering environmental crime. 

In times of ‘breaking news’, a reminder that good journalism needs patience

News Laundry: Unfortunately, few media organisations give journalists the time and space to follow a story.

Media from Central America and Eastern Europe share experiences in E-Book (Resource)

Free Press Unlimited: Free Press Unlimited just released an E-Book on “Innovation and sustainability”, which compiles the lessons learned by the organisations that are part of the Colab Medios project, a platform for exchange between media from Eastern Europe and Central America.

The role and the risks of solutions journalism for climate reporting

Journalism.co.uk: Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. So how can journalists incorporate solutions into their reporting – and is this even the right thing to do?

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