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SVT develops new sustainable cloud-based production technology

A new technology created by SVT’s technical department could have a big impact on the organisation’s finances and carbon footprint.

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The technical teams of the Swedish public broadcaster SVT alongside Agile content have developed a new production method that would not only significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the broadcaster, but also enable them to make extensive savings.

The creation of this new production method came with the realisation that the production industry was generating huge amounts of unused content, which required not only storage space, but also energy and money, for only a fraction of the content being distributed to the public. It also arose because of the possibilities that new cloud-based software technologies offer.

The main principle of the process here is for the production and distribution of broadcasters to merge into one operation, focusing directly on the values and quality of the content for the audience. Instead of recording hundreds of hours of content and storing them on multiple hardware, the production is automated by means of a software programme that can be controlled remotely, regardless of geographical location, to be directly distributed on the stream to the audience.

“We are at the dawn of a revolution for the field of media,” said Adde Granberg, the Head of Production and Chief Technology Officer of the Swedish public broadcaster SVT. Not only will it make difficult production easier, it also provides answers to important global problems. It comes at a time where there is a clear necessity to come up with processes that respect the environment, and this new technology would enable SVT to reduce its environmental impact by 90% if it is adopted on a general level.

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Reporting the Israel Gaza war

The Media Show: Exploring how the media is covering the conflict, we look at the battle for influence online and some of the misinformation that has been circulating, plus we talk to the BBC’s director of editorial policy about why BBC journalists won’t use the word ‘terrorists’ to describe the perpetrators of the atrocities.

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Reporting the Israel Gaza war

The Media Show: Exploring how the media is covering the conflict, we look at the battle for influence online and some of the misinformation that has been circulating, plus we talk to the BBC’s director of editorial policy about why BBC journalists won’t use the word ‘terrorists’ to describe the perpetrators of the atrocities.

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CONGO: Congo reporter Anicet Moleka faces arrest for criminal defamation, radio station banned

CPJ: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately withdraw a criminal defamation complaint and arrest warrant for reporter Anicet Moleka, lift the illegal ban on his radio station, and desist from harassing the media for critical reporting ahead of December’s elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

GHANA: 14 attacks on media houses in ten years, only one redressed

MFWA: At least 14 incidents of attacks on media houses have been recorded in Ghana in the past decade, with only one receiving redress.

GHANA: Attack on journalist undermines principles of press freedom – PRINPAG


GHANA: Supporters of Ghana’s ruling party interrupt TV show

RSF: Around 20 supporters of Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) burst into a TV channel studio in the capital, Accra, and interrupted a show being broadcast live. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to establish who was responsible for this media freedom violation.

NAMIBIA: Media ombudsman enters ‘New Era’ suspension fray

The Namibian: The media ombudsman, John Nakuta, is set to study an editorial that allegedly led to the suspension of New Era’s managing editor, Johnathan Beukes.

NIGERIA: Nigeria proposes new social media regulations

AfricaNews: The Nigerian President Bola Tinubu-led federal government has unveiled a bill aimed at regulating digital platforms.

NIGERIA: NBC accuses Arise TV of violations, issues station final warning

Premium Times Nigeria: The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has given the operators of Arise Television a final warning on the alleged violation of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

SOMALIA: Somali Court Acquits Journalist Over Government Charges

VOA: A freelance journalist who had been detained in Somalia for 56 days has been cleared of all charges.

SOUTH AFRICA: Government working on a new streaming service for South Africa

Business Tech: According to City Press and Rapport, an email invited people to audition for an “over the top” (OTT) platform on Monday, 9 October, with roles for presenters and background voices in 11 of the nation’s official languages on offer.

SUDAN: Sudan Bukra and CPJ call for investigation into the death of journalist Halima Idris

Dabanga: Online news outlet Sudan Bukra and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urge the Sudanese authorities to investigate and hold to account those responsible for killing journalist Halima Idris. The reporter for Sudan Bukra was killed by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in an Omdurman street on Tuesday.

TOGO & FRANCE: France explores new ways to support the media in Togo

TogoFirst: Augustin Favereau, the French ambassador to Togo, was given an audience yesterday, Oct. 10, by the country’s media regulator, the High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC).

REGIONAL: Across Africa, journalists increasingly must navigate internet shutdowns

IJnet:  During crises, African governments have increasingly shut down or restricted citizens’ access to the internet and social media.

AFGHANISTAN: Radio Nasim journalists detained for second time in two weeks

IFJ: Radio Nasim’s manager and two reporters, who had previously been arrested by the Taliban in late September, were once again detained on October 7 by the Taliban General Directorate of Intelligence in Daikundi Province.

BANGLADESH: Student journalist attacked on university campus

IFJ: Student journalist Mosharrof Shah was attacked and threatened by a group of individuals while on campus at the University of Chittagong, after reporting on a factional clash of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). 

CHINA: News Site Helps Decode China Through Memes and Social Media Trends

VOA: But What’s on Weibo has continued to provide a rare window into Chinese social media — and relatively unfiltered insights into Chinese society.

INDIA: Assault on NewsClick marks the lowest point for media freedom in India since Emergency

Frontline: The searches conducted at the premises of NewsClick and the home of its founder-editor after a fresh criminal case was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the fifth probe agency directed from above to set about this medium-sized digital news organisation—this marks the lowest point for media freedom in India since the Emergency of 1975-1977. 

INDIA: Author Arundhati Roy may face prosecution in India over 2010 speech

The Guardian: The Booker prize-winning Indian novelist Arundhati Roy could be prosecuted for a 2010 speech about Kashmir after a top official signed off on the move, according to reports in India.

INDIA: Indian government raises FM radio advertising rates

RadioInfo: India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has approved new rates for advertisements to be issued on private FM radio stations for its policies and programmes.

MYANMAR: EU: Another setback to media freedom and the rule of law in Myanmar (Statement)

European Interest: Following the Myanmar’s court decision on January 11 to confirm the conviction of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to seven years imprisonment the Spokesperson issued a Statement.

SOUTH KOREA: Yoon signs off on motion requesting confirmation hearing for KBS chief nominee

Yonhap News Agency: President Yoon Suk Yeol signed off Tuesday on a motion requesting a parliamentary confirmation hearing for the nominee to be chief of South Korea’s largest public broadcaster, KBS, the presidential office said.

TAIWAN: PTV’s new program “Hello!” Do you want to ask? 》Take the audience to “understand politics” in vernacular (Press release – Chinese) 

PTS Taiwan: The 2024 presidential election has aroused political topics, and PTS launched a program dedicated to politicians “Hello!” Do you want to ask? ”, hosted by the popular Da Pei and Yan Yan, and invited political figures to have conversations with the younger generation in an attempt to create a new type of talk show, which will be launched on October 30th!

VIETNAM: Vietnam Cites Child Safety in Calls for Greater Social Media Censorship Used to Stifle Dissent

Time: Vietnamese authorities announced last week the results of a monthslong investigation into TikTok, finding that the social media platform’s censorship processes failed to filter out content that violates Vietnamese laws.

REGIONAL: ABU 2023 Seoul – KBS to discuss future sustainability with wold’s leading broadcasters and international media organizations in Seoul (Press release)

KBS: KBS will host the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) General Assembly and Associated Meetings in Seoul to celebrate the 50th anniversary of public broadcasting. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC coverage of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum (Press release)

ABC: The ABC will be there when Australians vote tomorrow in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum, with unsurpassed coverage of this historic event available to audiences however they want to access it, across online, app, TV, radio and social media.  

AUSTRALIA: ABC loses defamation case brought by former commando Heston Russell after public interest defence fails

The Guardian: Former commando Heston Russell has won his defamation case against the ABC and been awarded $390,000 after a federal court judge found the public broadcaster did not prove its reporting was in the public interest.

AUSTRALIA: ‘Crushing Indigenous hopes’: how the media reacted to voice referendum loss

The Guardian: Newspapers and broadcasters abroad and in Australia reflect on the defeat and ask what happens next

AUSTRALIA: First Nations journalists brace for voice referendum coverage they can’t tap out of

The Guardian: Stan Grant may have dominated the headlines but two other First Nations journalists who have been covering Indigenous affairs at the ABC since 2017 say it’s been “a long road of systemic racism, ignorance, and personal challenge”.

AUSTRALIA: Join SBS and NITV as Australia’s votes are counted (Press release)

SBS: Live news simulcast on SBS and NITV on Saturday night will give Australians unique perspectives on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum, alongside the network’s ongoing multiplatform and multilingual coverage, and insights and analysis following the result.

AUSTRALIA & CHINA: Australian Cheng Lei freed from China detention

BBC: Journalist Cheng Lei has returned home to Australia after more than three years of detention in China.

NEW ZEALAND: Government’s RNZ and TVNZ letters reveal financial strain (Paywall)

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NEW ZEALAND: Mediawatch special – campaign culminates in a ‘bluenami’ (Listen)

RNZ: Mediawatch looks back on how the media covered a long, long campaign – and how election night played out across the media after the polls finally closed on Saturday. 

NEW ZEALAND: NZ’s Stuff media group quits X (Twitter) over ‘disinformation’

Asia Pacific Report: Stuff, New Zealand’s biggest independently owned news business, today announced it will stop sharing content to X (formerly Twitter), effective immediately.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: MFRR partners to carry out media freedom mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

MFFR: Partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) will travel to Banja Luka and Sarajevo from 22 to 25 October 2023 to assess the current state of play for media freedom in the country and start a dialogue with the authorities, less than a year after the European Union decided to grant Bosnia and Herzegovina candidate status.

CROATIA: Croatian Journalists Decry Govt Plan to Criminalise Crime Leaks

Balkan Insight: The government has denied trying to muzzle the media by criminalising the leaking of material from legal proceedings, but journalists say that’s exactly what will happen.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Television presented a communication vision and a new team (Press Release – Czech)

Ceska Televize: The main goal of the institution’s communication is to offer viewers, experts, collaborators and employees open, transparent and collaborative communication.

DENMARK: We are setting up for the Culture Night: Around 5,000 people looked inside DR Byen (Press Release – Danish) 

DR: Many DR employees and helpers were ready to welcome interested guests and give an insight into the work that lies behind DR’s programs and offers, as there was culture night in Copenhagen on Friday, and DR Byen was open.

FRANCE: Radio France and the SACD renew their podcast agreement to promote creation (Press Release – French) 

Radio France: On the occasion of the Paris Podcast Festival, Radio France and SACD are announcing the renewal of their agreement designed to encourage creation in the field of native podcasting while ensuring that authors are fairly valued and remunerated.

FRANCE, GERMANY & ITALY: European Alliance call for projects: Winner and launch of a new edition (Press Release – French)

France TV: The European Alliance is launching its third call for ambitious international projects that “inspire desire, provoke emotion and provoke thought”. The subject is the impact of artificial intelligence on today’s world, everyday life and human relationships.

GERMANY: ARD/ZDF: Common streaming network stands! (Press release – German) 

ZDF: ARD and ZDF have launched the joint streaming network. With common, modern search and recommendation technologies, their media libraries now enable a comfortable entry into a large public content cosmos.

GERMANY: ARD/ZDF Mass Communication Trends 2023 (Press release – German) 

ZDF: The time spent during the day with media use has decreased slightly compared to the previous year, but does not quite return to the pre-corona level with just under seven hours. 

HUNGARY: Franziska Tschinderle: Attacked by Orbán’s state media (Report)

IPI: Austrian reporter Franziska Tschinderle was smeared and discredited for five days in a row on Hungary’s most important TV news broadcast simply for doing her job. 

IRELAND: RTÉ DG Opening Statement: PAC 12th October 2023 (Press Release)

RTÉ: RTÉ Opening Statement from Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst

ITALY: Italy to cut licence fee for public broadcaster by more than 20%

Devdiscourse: Italy will reduce the compulsory licence fee that helps finance public TV and radio broadcaster RAI from 90 to 70 euros ($73.70) per year, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday.

ITALY: Roberto Saviano’s conviction a major blow to free expression

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) today joins its Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and the other undersigned press freedom, free expression, and journalist organisations to express shock over yesterday’s criminal conviction of writer and journalist Roberto Saviano, in a case brought by current Italian PM Giorgia Meloni, and we convey our full solidarity with him.

MALTA: IFJ, EFJ and media freedom groups call for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

IFJ: On the sixth anniversary of the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, we, the undersigned organizations, renew our calls for Maltese authorities to bring to justice all those responsible for her killing and to implement in full the recommendations of the public inquiry into her assassination.

POLAND: Polish government, opposition commit to media freedom ahead of elections

Euractiv: A leading Law and Justice (PiS) party politician has pledged to advocate in her party for the decriminalisation of defamation, while a former ombudsman running for the opposition has promised to strive for an in-depth reform of the public media in response to a call by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

POLAND: Polish public broadcaster faces accusations of bias as election looms

Reuters: Poland’s public broadcaster TVP this month accused the government’s predecessors of having left Poles to fend for themselves during an economic crisis and said their current election programme offered nothing but “contempt and ridicule”.

RUSSIA & FRANCE: French authorities investigate potential poisoning of Russian anti-war journalist

Politico: French prosecutors are investigating the potential poisoning of former Russian state TV journalist turned Kremlin critic Marina Ovsyannikova after she was suddenly taken ill in Paris this week.

SERBIA: From Religious Figures to Journalists, and Minors in Peril

Balkan Insight: In September, digital controversies involving religious figures, threats to journalist and child safety concerns ignited debates in the Balkans, exposing the challenges of the digital landscape.

SLOVAKIA: RTVS is expanding its coverage with digital radio broadcasts in the DAB+ standard (Press Release – Slovak)

RTV: RTVS, in cooperation with the service provider Towercom a.s., is expanding the coverage of the territory and population of Slovakia with a digital radio broadcast signal in the T-DAB+ standard.

SLOVENIA: The first on the field in Mozir (Press Release – Slovene)

RTV SLO: We will check with the locals how things are going with the rehabilitation after the accident and what kind of stories were written by nature’s rampage in mid-August. 

SPAIN: New digital channels : RTVE Cuéntame and RTVE Docs, new thematic digital channels (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: RTVE launches two new thematic digital channels. Starting Thursday, October 19, ‘ Tell me how it happened ‘ will have a thematic streaming channel completely dedicated to the most successful Spanish series. And starting Monday, October 23, RTVE will launch a new digital documentary channel.

SWITZERLAND: How we work: opinion piece (Press Release)

Swiss Info: You, our readers, asked us questions about how we work. In this video, Virginie Mangin, head of editors, explains what opinion pieces, or op-eds, are.

UK: BBC gets 1,500 complaints over Israel-Hamas coverage, split 50-50 on each side

The Guardian: The BBC is understood to have received more than 1,500 complaints relating to its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict with complaints split almost evenly between those claiming its reporting has been biased against Israel and those saying it is biased against Palestinians.

UK: Call for evidence: Future of TV Distribution (Press release)

Ofcom: Television has been a fixture in households for almost a century, and it is an important part of our daily lives. However, the way in which audiences are watching TV has continued to change, with more and more video content being watched over the internet in recent years. 

UK: ITV CEO on Trialing AI, the Impact of Dual Strikes and How ITVX Has “Accelerated” Her Streaming Ambitions

The Hollywood Reporter: Carolyn McCall, one of THR’s 35 most powerful women in international TV, also explains why “macroeconomic uncertainty” is the year’s big challenge and says she is “proud of how many great shows we make, continuing to grow ITV Studios, which is now a world-leading studios group.”

UK: Leading cyber security bodies and telecoms firms join pledge to get more women into tech roles (Press release) 

Ofcom: Four more leading telecoms organisations have joined Ofcom in committing to help more women access technology roles across the telecoms industry.

UK & IRAN: Iran accused of threatening ‘terrified’ BBC staff in London

The Guardian: Journalists at BBC Persian says they are scared to go out alone as UK counter-terrorism police raise security levels and staff warned: ‘we can do whatever we want in London’

UKRAINE: RSF condemns attempted SLAPP proceedings against investigative media Slidstvo.info (French)

RSF: Following the publication of an investigation revealing links between a Ukrainian businessman and Russia, the Ukrainian investigative media Slidstvo.info is the target of a defamation complaint and is facing manipulation of the judicial process.

BOLIVIA: Former workers of the Página Siete newspaper file a labor lawsuit against Raúl Garafulic (Spanish)

El Deber: The first lawsuit was installed on July 16 of this year. There are 70 people affected by the closure of the La Paz media outlet. The debt amounts to one and a half million dollars

BRAZIL: President of the STF receives organizations defending press freedom to discuss combating judicial harassment (Portuguese)

Abraji: Brazilian and international entities concerned with judicial harassment and cases that are being judged by the STF participated. In a context of hostility and violence, journalists and communicators have been the target of abusive and intimidating legal proceedings.

COLOMBIA: Radionica celebrates 18 years of promoting independent music and culture in Colombia (Spanish)

Radio Nacional: Radionica, Colombia’s public youth station, celebrates 18 years of history. Since its founding in 2005, it has promoted alternative and emerging music in the country, giving a space to new artists.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Deputies, Ministry of Labor and CDP address bill that protects journalists (Spanish)

Proceso: The Permanent Commission on Media of the Chamber of Deputies, in collaboration with representatives of the Ministry of Labor and the Dominican College of Journalists (CDP), met to discuss the bill that establishes a “conscience clause” to safeguard the labor rights of journalists and communication professionals.

ECUADOR: Drug trafficking in Ecuador turns journalism into a high-risk profession (Spanish)

El País: In the style of the Mexican drug trafficker, in recent years bodies hanging from bridges and dismembered corpses on the roads have appeared in Ecuador.

EL SALVADOR: “Being a journalist in El Salvador… is complicated” (4 October – Spanish) (Watch)

VOA News: In a special production of the Voice of America, Salvadoran journalist Angélica Cárcamo comments on the situation of press freedom and what the challenges are for practicing journalism in her country. She currently serves as president of APES, Association of Journalists of El Salvador.

GUATEMALA: Court Overturns Sentence for Guatemala Newspaper Founder

VOA: A Guatemalan appeals court overturned a six-year prison sentence handed down in June to the founder of one of the country’s top newspapers, though his legal ordeal is not yet over.

HAITI: Haitian rum manufacturer sues AyiboPost, editor-in-chief for criminal defamation (6 October)

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the criminal defamation suit filed by the owner of the rum company Rhum Barbancourt against the independent news website AyiboPost and its editor-in-chief, Widlore Mérancourt, and calls on Haitian authorities to repeal the country’s punitive criminal defamation laws, the organization said Friday.

MEXICO: Bernardo Barranco will be sworn in as the new director of the Mexican Public Media System (Spanish)

AD Noticias: Bernardo Barranco Villafán, sociologist and expert in religious issues, will take office as the new director of the Mexican Public Media System, appointed by Governor Delfina Gómez.

MEXICO: Unionism in digital public media (Spanish – Opinion)

Proceso: In a changing digital communications environment, where traditional controls are broken and innovation emerges, public media unions must adapt and stay relevant.

NICARAGUA: 223 journalists have left Nicaragua for safety since April 2018 (Spanish)

Confidencial: Harassment of independent press persists and several radio stations in the country suppress news coverage, report warns.

PANAMA: Electoral Tribunal will review the procedure to follow in the event of complaints against the media (Spanish)

La Estrella de Panamá: The entity stated that they will previously determine whether the complaint is about electoral propaganda or editorial content.

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan fact-checking coalition receives data journalism award despite challenges in accessing information

LatAm Journalist Review: Despite the challenges faced by Venezuelan journalists in accessing databases, the country’s independent media continue to conduct exemplary data journalism investigations. 

REGIONAL: Safety of journalists and attacks on press freedom main focus of IAPA assembly in Mexico

IAPA: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will discuss alternatives to create safety systems for journalists and neutralize physical and legal attacks against the media during its 79th General Assembly to be held in Mexico City from November 9 to 12.

ISRAEL: ‘Everyone’s a War Reporter’: the Journalists Covering the Israel-Hamas Conflict

VOA: The first night following Hamas’ incursion into southern Israel, news editor Amy Spiro was live blogging for The Times of Israel. It has been all hands on deck at the newspaper since then.

ISRAEL: Israeli communications minister seeks shutdown of Al Jazeera bureau

Reuters: Israel’s communications minister said on Sunday he was seeking a possible closure of Al Jazeera’s local bureau, and accused the Qatari news station of pro-Hamas incitement and of exposing Israeli soldiers to potential attack from Gaza.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: At Least a Dozen Journalists Killed in First Week of Israel-Hamas War

VOA: In the first week of the Israel-Hamas war, media covering the conflict are caught in the crossfire with at least a dozen reporters killed and others injured or harassed.

ISRAEL & UK: BBC journalists held at gunpoint by Israeli police

BBC: BBC journalists covering the attack on Israel were assaulted and held at gunpoint after they were stopped by police in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

QATAR: Award-winning journalist urges fearless journalism amid global challenges

Gulf Times: Award-winning journalist and Al Jazeera English producer Laila al-Arian said fearless, independent journalism is the exact tonic the world needs to meet the existential challenges of the era, at a Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) community event.

SAUDI ARABIA: UN: Saudi Arabia must not host 2024 Internet Governance Forum

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 joined the call to the UN Secretary General to reverse the decision to hold 2024’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Saudi Arabia. Read the full letter below.

TURKEY: International groups alarmed by the targeting of journalist Alican Uludağ

IPI: The undersigned media freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organizations denounce the inflammatory rhetoric directed at Deutsche Welle (DW) Turkish service reporter Alican Uludağ by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) officials and call on the Turkish authorities to ensure journalists’ safety.

CANADA: Collab is the new name for CBC/Radio-Canada’s library partnerships program (Press Release)

CBC/Radio Canada: Building on two years of success, CBC/Radio-Canada’s partnerships program with public libraries continues to grow and now boasts a new name: Collab.

CANADA: How CBC News uses the words ‘terrorist,’ ‘terrorism’ (Editor’s note)

CBC: Attribution of word ‘terrorist’ has been our policy for decades — mirrored by many other news organizations

CANADA: Indigenous Screen Office, APTN and CBC support two Indigenous scripted pre-development projects (Press Release) 

CBC: APTN, CBC and the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) are excited to announce the selection of two Indigenous scripted series that will soon be in pre-development through the CBC-APTN Early Stage Scripted Development Program in association with the ISO.

CANADA: The end of the long dash: CBC stops broadcasting official time signal

CBC: For more than 80 years the beeps and tones of the National Research Council (NRC) time signal have connected Canadians at exactly 1 p.m. ET.

CANADA: Trust Talks – The future of journalism in a digital world, Isabel Bader Theatre on Oct. 19 (Event)

CBC: Discover the power of journalism in defending our democracy at this free event

US: Arkansas PBS answers lawmakers’ concerns with promises to improve practices (Paywall)

Current: In a hearing Thursday, station leaders said they are taking steps to avoid future violations of state procurement law.

US: CPB names first Next Generation Warning System grantees (Paywall)

Current: The funds will help stations upgrade their technology for emergency alerts.

US: Digital media goes back to basics

Columbia Journalism Review: Digital media goes back to basic with email… and voicemail! 

US: Iowa’s political reporters battle access issues and unpredictable schedules to cover the Republican presidential hopefuls

Poytner: In just a few months, Iowa is poised to become the center of national attention when the state’s Republican Party holds the 2024 Republican Iowa Caucus. But for journalists who cover politics in the state, the first electoral test for presidential hopefuls in the country has been a constant drip.

US: People’s (mis)trust of doctors can help us understand their (mis)trust of journalists

Nieman Lab: Public trust in U.S. institutions has fallen to disconcertingly low levels. Journalists, doctors, scientists, and academics — once perceived as professionals with valuable training and skills who had the public’s best interest in mind — now tend to be seen as disconnected and politically compromised elites.

US: Public corruption prosecutions rise where nonprofit news outlets flourish, research finds

Nieman Lab: U.S. news organizations and the public often clash over the role the media should play in society, but many reporters, editors, and news consumers view journalists as watchdogs — especially when it comes to holding elected officials accountable.

US: US Students Make Memorable Journalism as News Industry Struggles

VOA: Within the past year, young journalists have produced investigations that led to the resignation of Stanford University’s president, the firing of Northwestern University’s football coach, and a school shooting graphic so striking that it led a veteran newsman to say, “I’ve never seen a better front page.” 

US: WTVP cuts nine jobs as it seeks to reduce budget (Paywall)

Current: The public TV station’s board had previously announced a $1.5 million budget cut after discoveries of financial mismanagement.

7 strategies for creating immersive narratives in journalistic podcasts

LatAm Journalism Review: Latin America’s podcast market is expected to be the fastest growing in the world by 2032, according to market research published in September, and journalism podcasts in particular occupy an important space in this market.

As social media turns away from the news, publishers meet audiences on other channels

Reuters Institute for Journalism: Three editors from Spain, Ecuador and the US explain their new strategies in the light of Twitter and Facebook retreating from news

ChatGPT is now online: here’s a look at how it browses and reports the latest news

Reuters Institute for Journalism: As the popular chatbot gets access to up-to-date information, we asked it questions about different news stories to see how it fared. 

Embracing the AI Wave: How Media Companies Can Successfully Integrate AI Technologies

RadioInfo: In case you haven’t noticed, the AI revolution is in full swing, and it’s not just about ChatGPT, Image Generation, or AI Voice. It’s about seamlessly integrating these cutting-edge technologies into existing systems.

Five former journalists on why they left the industry

Nieman Lab: “I felt like I kind of hit a ceiling. And the ceiling was dropping.”

Incorporating people with disabilities in your reporting and the newsroom

IJnet: An estimated 1.3 billion people globally live with a significant disability. With noncommunicable diseases on the rise and people living longer, this number is only expected to grow. At the Online News Association conference earlier this year, experts discussed where reporting on people with disabilities falls short today, and how newsrooms can strive to be more inclusive. 

Local newspapers are vanishing. How should we remember them?

Nieman Lab: As smaller newspapers shrink or disappear, it’s easy to romanticize the role they played. But one reporter’s memories of the heyday of local journalism reveal a much more complicated reality.

New free courses about media and digital freedom in Africa

Free Press Unlimited: The Namibia Media Trust was supported by Free Press Unlimited to develop an online university course on freedom of expression for students from all over Africa.

RSF implements the Journalism Trust Initiative in collaboration with Microsoft (French)

RSF: International press freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is working with Microsoft to promote a healthier information ecosystem.

Safety and security of journalists: Results of a global analysis

DW Akademie: Journalism is a life-threatening profession in many countries. DW Akademie has studied the situation worldwide and developed recommendations for how projects can best support media professionals.

Solutions without borders: sending our journalism global

Positive.News: Earlier this year, Positive News was awarded a grant to report on grassroots projects that are boosting mental health in the global south. It’s enabled us to train up journalists from Zimbabwe to Kenya and the UK in solutions journalism

The AP announces five AI tools to help local newsrooms with tasks like transcription and sorting pitches

Nieman Lab: Were you thinking about the applications of artificial intelligence to news in the summer of 2021? To be clear, we’re talking more than a year before ChatGPT zapped the entire internet into a new level of awareness about the tech’s potential.

The news will not find you on TikTok

Nieman Lab: Given the amount of attention TikTok has swallowed up from anyone under the age of 30, we might expect it to be a more obsessive focus of news organizations in their efforts to attract younger and more engaged audiences. But TikTok has shown itself to be rather inhospitable to news. 

To cover climate change well, journalists must be prepared to identify what misinformation looks like

Reuters Institute for Journalism: Climate denial is much less common. But climate “delay” can take many forms, argues Gerhard Maier at ORF

When journalists find demonstrators’ views personally offensive

Poynter: All journalists are capable of upholding standards of fairness and accuracy, even when they have close ties to an issue.

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