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Thai PBS’ network of local radio stations

The ‘Northern Roaming Project’ is the latest innovative example of Thai PBS ensuring public service media is accessible for all audiences.

Audio Media Manager, Sopit Wangvivatana, leading a workshop on podcast production using the narrative “charm of sound”. Credit: Thai PBS

How can a public broadcaster without a radio frequency ensure its audio content is still heard by audiences? This is a problem with which Thai PBS must contend.

While the public broadcaster does have a radio station online, it does not have its own frequency. To overcome the problem and ensure its audio content is accessible to all audiences, Thai PBS instead has established a network of community and academic radio stations which broadcast Thai PBS content. In total, about 200 stations across Thailand are part of the network.

“Thai PBS has a good relationship with them so we make an agreement, providing the good quality programmes for free, only one condition – not for sale or commercial broadcasting,” the Audio Media Manager for Thai PBS, Sopit Wangvivatana, told PMA. “It’s a win-win cooperation. They have variety of programmes, and we have more platform reach out to audiences around the country.”

But the public broadcaster has also gone a step further by investing time and money into training the staff and volunteers who work for these local networks. It demonstrates Thai PBS’ commitment to ensuring good quality media is available to all communities in Thailand.

Read more about the ‘Northern Roaming Project’ from Thai PBS

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ETHIOPIA: Security Forces Detain Two Journalists Amidst Crackdown Following Ongoing Orthodox Church Schism, Ensuing Unrest

Addis Standard: Following the ongoing schism within the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) and the ensuing unrest, two media professionals, journalist and political analyst Tewodros Asfaw, and Deacon Yosef Ketema, a journalist for EOTC Afaan Oromoo broadcast service, have been detained by security forces this week.

KENYA: Government reiterates commitment to revamp KBC

KBC: KBC Acting Managing Director Samuel Maina Thursday presented a blueprint to revitalise the broadcaster to the Leader of Majority at the National Assembly Kimani Ichung’wah.

NIGERIA: “As we cover the Nigerian elections, we should be truthful, factual and accurate”

Reuters Institute: Dapo Olorunyomi, founder of ‘Premium Times’, on misinformation, investigative journalism and press freedom in his home country.

NIGERIA: Govt. Settles Outstanding Debts On Digital Switch Over Project – Report

Broadcast Media Africa: In Nigeria, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, recently confirmed that the Federal Government has paid all debts owed to service providers under the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project.

SENEGAL: Violence against anti-government opinions threatens democracy

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about the current political situation and escalating tensions in Senegal. From 4 January to 16 February 2023, ARTICLE 19 observed a range of attacks on civic space, including the banning of demonstrations, clashes between opposition militants and security forces attempting to prevent an unauthorised demonstration, the dispersal of gatherings using tear gas, the shutdown of a media outlet, arrests of protesters, and verbal attacks between political rivals.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mr President, please follow your mandate and finally appoint the SABC board

Daily Maverick: Each day that the President fails to appoint the SABC board, he fails in his public mandate to respect and protect the Constitution.

SOUTH AFRICA: Platform dominance in South Africa

Columbia Journalism Review: The threat to media sustainability and public interest journalism in the Global South predates the dominance of digital platform companies. Media economies in developing countries have long struggled with viability and continue to reflect persistent structural inequalities.

SOUTH AFRICA: Sentech to launch streaming platform to rival SABC+

Tech Central: The SABC is Sentech’s biggest client. But that’s not stopping the state-owned signal distributor from formulating plans to compete with it.

TUNISIA: Crackdown on opposition and media figures alarms rights groups

The Guardian: Rights groups have expressed grave alarm at a crackdown on opposition figures and the media in Tunisia, where 10 public figures have been arrested since Saturday as President Kais Saied seemingly moves to stamp out dissent.

TUNISIA: Tunisian radio station director’s arrest sends harsh message to media

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands the immediate release of a Tunisian radio station director, who has been held for the past four days without any explanation from the authorities, and calls on the Tunisian government to end its increasing authoritarianism.

UGANDA: Government tasked on free access for all local TV channels

Monitor: Communication stakeholders have proposed free access for all local channels on different pay TV platforms operating in Uganda as a means of promoting digital transformation.

REGIONAL: Experts to Discuss Disinformation, Cybersecurity in Africa

The Premium Times: “As you may be aware, African countries have increasingly become the targets of sophisticated nation-state level disinformation campaigns.”

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban to the media of Parwan: publish all your content after reviewing Bakhtar Agency (Pashto)

Hasht-e Sobh: The Taliban ordered the local media of Parwan province to publish the content of their broadcasts under the supervision of Bakhtar Agency.

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh shuts down main opposition party’s newspaper

Al Jazeera: The Bengali-language daily Dainik Dinkal has been the mouthpiece of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party for more than three decades.

CAMBODIA: ‘Every newsroom I work in gets silenced’

BBC: When journalist Mech Dara found out he was losing his job on Sunday, he had a sense of deja vu.

INDIA: India’s creeping clampdown on free expression (Editorial)

The Financial Times: Harassment by the tax or legal authorities is becoming a common occurrence in India for those deemed critical of premier Narendra Modi. 

INDIA: Indian government’s crackdown on press freedom after BBC documentary critical of PM Modi

PBS NewsHour: Indian tax officials have conducted searches at the BBC offices in that country for the past two days. It comes weeks after India censored a BBC documentary that criticizes Prime Minister Modi. The actions against the British broadcaster put the spotlight on the dwindling democratic freedoms in one of the world’s largest democracies.

INDIA: Indian journalists say BBC raid part of drive to intimidate media

The Guardian: Did BBC Take Cash From China For Propaganda?” ran the opening title on the primetime news debate. 

JAPAN: NHK picks Inoue Tatsuhiko as vice president

NHK: Japanese public broadcaster NHK has named Inoue Tatsuhiko as its executive vice president.

HONG KONG: ‘Don’t give up’: After fleeing overseas, Hong Kong journalists fight on


HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalist Bao Choy launches new media outlet amid ‘collapsing’ press freedom

HKFP: Former RTHK producer Bao Choy has vowed to “monitor the rich and powerful” and “seek truth” with her newly launched media outlet The Collective HK.

MALAYSIA: Hasten reform of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act

Centre for Independent Journalism: We are glad that the new government decided not to pursue the case against Heidy Quah. 

MYANMAR: In Myanmar, journalists raise media voices against the bloody coup

IPI: Myanmar’s journalists are rebuilding independent media with one foot in the country, and one foot out, writes Laure Siegel.

NEPAL: How traditional media are evolving

The Kathmandu Post: New media and social media have made information flow more interactive, giving individuals more power to create and share content.

PAKISTAN: Government seeks to criminalize criticism of the military

IPI: The IPI global network is alarmed by a proposed bill in Pakistan that would punish criticism of the Pakistan military and judiciary with prison. The measures would expand on the already restrictive provisions in the criminal code that are increasingly used to slience critial media and independent journalism in Pakistan. 

PAKISTAN: PEMRA bans TV coverage of terror attacks

Geo News: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Monday banned television channels from coverage of terror attacks.

PHILIPPINES: A court victory is not enough to restore Philippine press freedom (Opinion)

Nikkei Asia: End of Duterte era has brought some relief, but media remains under siege.

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s public broadcaster Rupa Vahini Corporation celebrated its 41st anniversary

AIR News: Sri Lanka’s public broadcaster Rupa Vahini Corporation celebrated its 41st anniversary yesterday. 

THAILAND: Thai PBS opens a big election campaign 66 (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: Thai PBS launches a big campaign “Thai PBS Election 66, Choose the Future of Thailand”, dealing with a unified general election, opening 6 highlights, presenting all-round information. It reflects the ideas and needs of people across the country.

AUSTRALIA: ABC breached impartiality guidelines in report presenting NT meeting as ‘racist’, ombudsman finds

The Guardian: ABC News breached its editorial guidelines of accuracy and impartiality in a radio report about a community meeting in Alice Springs, the ABC ombudsman has found in her first report.

AUSTRALIA: ABC staff call for Ita Buttrose to intervene in wages dispute

SMH: As the threat of strike action looms, ABC staff want chairwoman Ita Buttrose and managing director David Anderson to intervene in a drawn-out bargaining dispute.

AUSTRALIA: To build trust in the news, we need a trustworthy watchdog (Opinion)

SMH: The latest furore surrounding media standards in Australia happened just before Christmas, as most of the country was sensibly focused on buying presents, hanging Christmas decorations and preparing for holidays.

AUSTRALIA: Women still vastly underrepresented in Australian media, report says

The Guardian: Women in media are still vastly underrepresented as men continue to dominate newsrooms across Australia, according to the Women in Media gender scorecard, released on Monday. Men account for 70% of quoted sources and 66% of experts in all news stories while female voices are still taking a backseat, the report says.

FIJI: Fiji’s leader promises overhaul of draconian media law

Radio Free Asia: Fiji’s recently elected prime minister said his government will replace the Pacific island country’s oppressive media law – which allows fines and prison sentences for news reports that authorities deem against the national interest – with legislation that reflects democratic values.

NEW ZEALAND: Mediawatch – before and after Gabrielle

RNZ: Our media were in emergency mode yet again this week, offering hours of extra coverage on air, online and in print. 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Concerns raised at swift review period for media policy

IFJ: Concerns for media independence and press freedom in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been raised following the government’s announcement of a swift 12-day period for public review of the country’s draft National Media Development Policy, released on February 5. 

AUSTRIA: ORF should save 300 million euros (German)

Spiegel: While the budgets of the public broadcasters are being discussed in Germany, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation is adopting a drastic austerity course. That would affect the sports channel, for example.

AUSTRIA: Who will have to pay Austria’s TV and radio fee under new GIS rules? (Paywall)

The Local: Austria has finally confirmed how the fee that funds public broadcaster ORF will work in the future. Here’s what you need to know.

BELARUS: Another Belarusian Journalist Gets Prison Term Amid Crackdown

RFE/RL: Belarusian journalist Yury Hladchuk has been sentenced in Minsk to 30 months in prison, according to the deputy chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Barys Haretski.

BELGIUM: Strong listening figures for Radio 1, Radio2 remains the largest channel in Flanders (Press release – Dutch)

VRT: In the fall, in the period measured between September and December 2022, 2.7 million people listened to one of the VRT radio stations every day. This is evident today from the new measurement by the Center for Information on the Media (CIM). 

CROATIA: Croatian Criminal Code Changes Threaten Press Freedom, Media Union Says

Balkan Insight: Croatian Journalists’ Association condemns Prime Minister’s planned changes to the Criminal Procedure Code as ‘a serious threat to free journalism’.

ESTONIA: Estonia’s answer to Russian disinformation is to fund real journalism

Coda Story: In this edition, Estonia experiments with offering grants to help independent media bridge language barriers and combat misinformation campaigns.

FRANCE: France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 groups announce the liquidation of SALTO

Business Wire: France Télévisions, M6 (Paris:MMT) and TF1 groups are today announcing their decision to close the SALTO platform. 

GERMANY: “High Salary Claims” (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: The RBB has put the top management level of the ex-director Schlesinger in front of the door. Those affected fight back.

GERMANY: New start at RBB (German) 

Süddeutsche Zeitung: The excellent cultural director Martina Zöllner is to become program director. What it can achieve is determined by another.

GREECE: How a Wiretapping Scandal Reinforced the Need for Independent Media in Greece

GIJN: It was a scandal that would — eventually — create international headlines: A wiretapping campaign in which the phones of journalists and a leading opposition politician were seemingly being monitored. 

GREECE: State surveillance and court cases: The lonely fight for press freedom of Greece’s independent media

Euronews: A new ecosystem of small, independent organisations is bringing a breath of transparent, in-depth reporting into the Greek media landscape but their work is being hindered by costly court cases and the threat of state surveillance.  

ITALY: Rai: Money, environmental, economic and social sustainability at the heart of our strategies (Press release – Italian)


NETHERLANDS: NOS is experimenting with news about the earthquake in Turkish and Arabic (Dutch)

NOS: As an experiment, articles on NOS.nl and the app about the severe earthquake in Turkey and Syria can also be read in Turkish and/or Arabic.

POLAND: TVP compensation funding revealed

Broadband TV News: The Polish public broadcaster TVP will receive around PLN2.35 billion (€491.6 million) in compensation this year for lost subscription revenues.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: IPI data: Putin’s war against Ukraine is also a war against the media

IPI: IPI documents more than 900 attacks on journalists and media in Russia and Ukraine since start of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

SLOVAKIA: Slovakia five years after murder of journalists: The legacy of Jan Kuciak (German)

Deutschlandfunk: On February 21, 2018, investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé were murdered. The act improved the view of journalism in Slovakia. But now, with the current economic crisis, old enemy images are returning.

SLOVENIA: MEP Zver wants EU Parliament to discuss media situation in Slovenia (Paywall)

STA: Milan Zver, an MEP for the opposition Democrats (SDS) and the European People’s Party (EPP), has proposed in the wake of the Constitutional Court’s decision to stay key provisions of the amended act on public broadcaster RTV Slovenija a debate in the European Parliament on the state of the media in Slovenia.

SLOVENIA: Setback for Slovenian pubcaster reform

Broadband TV News: Slovenia’s Constitutional Court has stayed the implementation of amendment to the law governing the public broadcaster RTVS.

SPAIN: Elena Sánchez guarantees that RTVE will cover the upcoming electoral events with “independence” and “neutrality” (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: RTVE and “all” its professionals will cover the upcoming electoral processes respecting the principles of “independence, neutrality and pluralism” and will also “respect” the decisions of the Electoral Boards.

SPAIN: RTVE hopes to “widely” exceed the 30,000 applicants for its opposition process (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) expects to “widely” exceed the 30,000 applicants for the call to cover permanent staff positions in the public corporation and the internal processes of promotion and change of occupation.

SWEDEN: Sweden’s main public TV broadcaster disrupted by cyberattacks

Euractiv: Disruptions rattled Sweden’s national TV broadcasting company SVT on Tuesday following a series of cyberattacks that rendered access to its website impossible, after universities, hospitals and regional administration offices faced similar attacks last week.

UKRAINE: Fact check: How propaganda denigrates Ukrainian refugees

DW: Ukrainian refugees are portrayed in some media and social media channels as ungrateful, dangerous and parasitic. DW explains why such propagandist tactics often work — and how to recognize them for what they are.

UK: BBC withholds information about cuts amid Radio Foyle uncertainty (Paywall) 

Belfast Telegraph: The BBC has refused to disclose information about cuts to local radio in Northern Ireland to avoid “undue public scrutiny”, it is claimed — despite being funded by licence fee payers to the tune of £3.8billion per year.

UK: Richard Sharp: BBC chairman faces fresh calls to resign

BBC News: Richard Sharp is facing renewed pressure to stand down as BBC chairman.

GENERAL: A European Perspective’s expansion and innovation (Press release) 

EBU: 15 media organizations now contribute to the pan-European networked newsroom, ‘A European Perspective’. Czechia is the newest member to join the project, with Georgia slated to join in March 2023.

ARGENTINA: The expensive bureaucracy of public media (Opinion – Spanish)

Infobae: In Argentina, Public Television is not free at all, much less plural, diverse or objective. 

BARBADOS: Union, media association monitoring pay situation at CBC (8 February)

Barbados Today: The potential late payment of salaries at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has the attention of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Barbados Association of Journalists and Media Workers (BARJAM).

BRAZIL: Ministry creates observatory to combat violence against journalists (Portuguese)

Agência Brasil: The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) published today (17) an ordinance that creates the National Observatory of Violence against Journalists and Social Communicators.

BRAZIL: Reporters who covered the invasion of the Capitol analyze the invasion of January 8 in Brasilia (Portuguese)

IJNet: On January 8, a few days after the transfer of power to President Lula, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro  invaded the Federal Supreme Court, the Planalto Palace and the National Congress.

CHILE: “Reporting is not a crime”: College of Journalists commemorates 211 years of the press in Chile (Spanish)

Diario U Chile: The union stressed the importance of the media for strengthening democracy, while criticizing the more than 400 cases of affectations to communicators since the beginning of the social outbreak

CUBA: Ricardo Ronquillo: “This is the year of public communication in Cuba” (Spanish)

Cuba Periodistas: In a very special context for Cuban journalists … this 2023 will be celebrated the Day for Press Day, which also coincides with the process of analysis of the project of the Communication Law, said Ricardo Ronquillo, president of the Union of Journalists of Cuba (Upec), during a press conference.

EL SALVADOR: Hostile Attacks, Surveillance a Threat to El Salvador’s Media

VOA: Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele cares little for journalists or the free press, critics say. He rarely gives briefings and prefers to communicate via Twitter.

GUYANA: Press Association ‘bemoans’ attempts to block media full access to Energy Conf.

Newsroom: The Guyana Press Association (GPA) on Monday night criticised the organisers of the Guyana Energy Conference in what it says are attempts “to constrain the media’s free access to delegates and other participants of the event scheduled for February 14 to 17, 2023.”

NICARAGUA: Daniel Ortega has stripped 22 journalists of their nationality (Spanish) 

DW: It is an act of “revenge of an unsuspected vileness” that not even the Somoza dictatorship committed in Nicaragua, say the affected communicators.

PANAMA: IAPA Denounces Abuse of Lawsuits Against Media and Journalists in Panama

IAPA: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) denounced the continued abuse of defamation lawsuits against Panamanian media and journalists and the preventive seizure of their assets as mechanisms of intimidation and gagging to curb critical journalism.

PARAGUAY: Four detained in Paraguay as part of the investigation into the death of a journalist (Spanish)

Infobae: The Paraguayan National Police announced that it had captured four individuals in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero (east) as part of the investigations into the murder of radio journalist Alexander Álvarez, who was shot at by a motorist while he was traveling in his vehicle through that border town with Brazil.

PARAGUAY: They ask to clarify the murder of a radio journalist (Spanish)

VOA: The International Federation of Journalists and the Union of Journalists of Paraguay have called for an investigation to clarify the crime of the communicator, who was killed by alleged hitmen near the border with Brazil.

SURINAME: Surinamese Press Association condemn recent attacks on journalists

Caribbean Loop: The Association of Surinamese Journalists (ASJ) has strongly condemned the looting, vandalism and attacks on journalists during and after the protests against the Surinamese government on Friday.

VENEZUELA: They are not journalists, they are avatars: Chavismo promotes propaganda made with artificial intelligence (Spanish)

El País: False reports about economic improvements in Venezuela, driven by computer profiles, have begun circulating as advertisements on YouTube

REGIONAL: How Google is suffocating independent journalism in Latin America

CJR: After crushing the advertising business on which most media companies had historically relied, Google decided it was time to do something to remedy the mortal blow it had dealt to the journalistic industry, a pillar of any functioning democracy. 

REGIONAL & SPAIN: Vision of two continents on threats to press freedom (Spanish)


IRAN: Foreign Secretary summons Iranian diplomat over continued threat to UK-based journalists (Press release)

Gov.uk: The Foreign Secretary today instructed Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) officials to summon Iran’s most senior diplomat, due to serious threats against journalists living in the UK. 

IRAN: Iran International: Channel leaves UK after regime threats

BBC: Independent TV network Iran International is suspending its operations in the UK because of threats against its London-based journalists.

IRAN: Iran protests: Female journalists targeted in spate of arrests

BBC News: Female journalists in Iran have been targeted by security forces since anti-government protests began in September, activist groups say.

ISRAEL: Public broadcasting like KAN is key to a democracy (Editorial – 9 February)

The Jerusalem Post: We endorse the president’s support for the broadcaster – our democracy needs a diversity of programming.

SAUDI ARABIA: Alarming crackdown on online expression

Amnesty: Over the past year, the Saudi authorities have escalated their brutal crackdown on individuals using online spaces to voice their opinions, Amnesty International said today. 

TURKEY: Turkey Arrests 24 for ‘Provocative’ Social Media Posts on Quakes

Balkan Insight: As Erdogan government continues to target critics of its response to the February 6 earthquakes, police arrest 24 for posting ‘provocative’ content on the disaster that has killed at least 41,000 people.

TURKEY: Turkey Marathon TV Show Raises $6 Billion for Earthquake Victims

Bloomberg: A seven-hour show broadcast on hundreds of TV and radio channels in Turkey raised 115.1 billion liras ($6 billion) in aid for survivors of the February 6 twin earthquakes, with the country’s central bank leading the donation drive.

TURKEY: Turks living abroad relied on social media for earthquake news amid failure of regular channels of communication

SCF: Turks living outside their home country have relied heavily on social media for news about relatives who were affected by earthquakes that struck southeastern Turkey on February 6, while regular phone lines were down, The Washington Post reported.

CANADA: CBC signals plans to go full streaming, ending traditional TV and radio broadcasts (7 February) 

The Globe and Mail: The head of the CBC says it is preparing to end traditional TV and radio broadcasts and move completely digital, as audiences shift to streaming, but the move is unlikely to happen over the next decade.

CANADA: ‘Defund the CBC’ needs a salvo (Paywall)

The Hill Times: Poilievre can bash Tait and gain support for his cause. But he would be hard-pressed to attack Rick Mercer or Catherine O’Hara. The other card the CBC has not played is what would Canada’s bilingual landscape would look like without Radio-Canada. 

CANADA: Katie Jackson: Telling the stories of Eastern Canada’s Black communities (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Heard about CBC’s Black Changemakers? Throughout February and March, the series profiles Black individuals from all walks of life whose efforts and engagement are inspiring others and helping shape the future. 

CANADA: More choice, more costs, more complexity in Canada’s streaming world

CBC: Paul Lazenby is likely appearing in video being streamed at this very moment…

US: As pandemic recedes, pubmedia stations seek ways to rebuild underwriting revenue (Paywall)

Current: Despite concerns over a looming recession, sales leaders see signs of recovery in sponsorship sales.

US: Latino Public Broadcasting reveals cohort of new fellowship program (Paywall) 

Realscreen: Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is unveiling the inaugural cohort of its new initiative, the Latino Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship (LEFF), which is designed to support up-and-coming Latino storytellers…

US: Reporter’s dismissal exposes political pressures on West Virginia Public Broadcasting

NPR: Late last fall, West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Amelia Ferrell Knisely reported one story after another about allegations that people with disabilities were abused in facilities run by the state.

US: Stations partner with ‘Nova’ to tell stories of climate solutions (Paywall)

Current: For “Nova,” climate change seemed like a natural fit to continue exploring local effects of national and international issues.

US: The concentric circles of press threats in America

CJR: Last month, Seth Stern, of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, wrote an op-ed for the Asheville Citizen-Times, in North Carolina, raising the alarm about an imminent trial in the city that had mostly slipped under the radar of the national press: that of Veronica Coit and Matilda Bliss, two reporters with the Asheville Blade, another outlet in the city, who were arrested on Christmas Day in 2021 while covering the police clearing of a homeless encampment. 

US: What a CDP analysis reveals about public media’s membership revenue, now and in the future

Current: Current and Contributor Development Partnership (CDP) have launched an editorial collaboration to publish timely top-line data tracking public media’s fundraising performance. 

Combating Disinformation Wanes at Social Media Giants

The New York Times: As the companies have shed jobs recently, many teams assigned to combat false and misleading information have taken a hit.

CPJ launches safety videos to support journalists covering unrest globally

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday launched three new safety videos providing practical guidance to journalists covering unrest worldwide. 

DEBATE OVER AI IN JOURNALISM: Can Machines Replace Human Reporters?

Byline Times: In a dialogue with ChatGPT, Iain Overton explores whether truth and meaning can really be left to machines. 

Headlines Network releases guide for covering traumatic breaking news

Journalism.co.uk: Headlines Network has released a set of new resources for journalists covering traumatic breaking news.

How The Conversation is attracting younger readers

Journalism.co.uk: Academic news website The Conversation is using article series and text message strategies to appeal to a younger readership.

SVoDs set for $8.5bn sports rights spend

Advanced Television: Subscription OTT services’ spend on sports rights globally will reach $8.5 billion (€7.9bn) in 2023, a 64 per cent increase compared to 2022, according to a report from Ampere Analysis analysing the role of sports in the streaming wars.

Telling the stories of reporters who can’t

CJR: In September 2017, Gauri Lankesh, a journalist in Bangalore, India, was working on an editorial for Gauri Lankesh Patrike, her eponymous weekly newspaper, headlined “In the Age of False News.” 

Twitter is removing free API access and no one is excited

Poynter: The API has been used by researchers to identify content that is going viral and to quickly map out disinformation networks. 

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