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Can the BBC win its battle with the government?

The Guardian | Today in Focus: The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, takes stock of a bruising general election campaign for the BBC and subsequent threats to the licence fee from the prime minister. Plus: the BBC’s editorial director, Kamal Ahmed, denies the broadcaster is worried that senior ministers appear to be boycotting flagship shows.

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LSE100 AI: Truth, Trust and AI – Professor Charlie Beckett

LSE Department of Media and Communications: Professor Charlie Beckett (Department of Media & Communications and Director of LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission) discusses the challenges and opportunities AI presents to journalism, media and public trust. How will AI shape our interactions with information? Should there be greater regulation of online information platforms, and if so, what forms should that take?

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BURUNDI: EU Parliament Calls for Release of Burundi Journalists

HRW: Ongoing Crackdown Undermines Credibility of Upcoming Elections, Say MEPs. 

EGYPT: IFJ calls on Egypt to release Anadolu Agency staffers

Middle East Monitor: A global journalist group on Thursday called on Egypt to respect press freedom and release Anadolu Agency employees detained in a police raid at Cairo office earlier this week, Anadolu Agency reports.

GHANA: Ghana To Migrate From Analogue To Digital Broadcasting In June 2020

Via Broadcast Media Africa: Ghana’s government has confirmed that the country’s broadcast sector will switch-over from analogue to digital broadcasting in June this year.

GHANA: NMC inaugurates 10-member GBC Board of Directors

Ghanaian Times:  A 10-member Board of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) still chaired by Professor Emmanuel Addow-Obeng has been inaugurated on the corporation’s premises in Accra. 

KENYA: Union urges government to tackle police brutality against media

IFJ: The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) has accused the authorities of not responding to cases of police brutality filed by journalists and warned the government it will denounce the situation at the UN if action is not taken immediately. 

MALAWI: HRDC demands K200m, apology from MBC for slander, gutter journalism 

Nyasa Times: The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded K200 million and a series of apologies from the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for describing the rights activists as a terrorist organisation in its 7pm prime time news bulletin.

SOMALIA: Another difficult year for journalists amidst media repression in 2019

IFJ: The annual report on The State of Media Freedom in Somalia, published by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), has revealed an array of attacks against journalists during 2019, including killings, threats, harassment and censorship. 

SUDAN: Cries of censorship in Sudan as media outlets linked to old regime closed

Middle East Eye: The closure in Sudan earlier this month of four media outlets believed to have been connected to former ruler Omar al-Bashir’s government has attracted international criticism following a period of praise regarding improvements that had been made over the freedom of the press.

ZAMBIA: MISA asks ZNBC to emulate Diggers

News Diggers: The Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) has asked ZNBC to emulate News Diggers by creating platforms where citizens can engage with their leaders on various issues of national interest.

GENERAL: OTT Streaming: “Regulators Must Evaluate OTT’s Impact On Competitiveness In Broadcast Sector” – ICASA

Broadcast Media Africa: Ms Botlenyana Mokhele, a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), says that ICASA is still in the process of evaluating the impact of OTT streaming services on competition in the broadcast sector, especially in the subscription broadcasting market.

GENERAL: Read The Luanda Leaks Documents

ICIJ: The documents that form the basis of Luanda Leaks came to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists from Paris-based Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa.

CAMBODIA: Drop Charges Against 2 Journalists

HRW: Cambodian authorities should drop the baseless espionage charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 20, 2020, Cambodia’s Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh will hear the arguments from Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin challenging the trial court’s ruling that their espionage charges should be reinvestigated.

CHINA: Chinese Communist Party’s Media Influence Expands Worldwide (Report)

Freedom House: Over the past decade, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders have overseen a dramatic expansion in the regime’s ability to shape media content and narratives about China around the world, affecting every region and multiple languages, according to Beijing’s Global Megaphone, a new report from Freedom House. 

HONG KONG: Journalists intimidated and denied entry to Hong Kong

IFJ: While Hong Kong’s protests continued, so too did the attacks on journalists and press freedoms in late December and early January. 

INDIA: Inside Kashmir’s media facility amid blackout (Watch)

Al Jazeera: A look inside the only media centre in Indian-administered Kashmir offering internet facility to journalists.

INDIA: Kashmir blackout eases but restrictions remain

BBC News: Mobile internet and social media remain largely blocked in Indian-administered Kashmir, despite a partial easing of curbs imposed when the government revoked its special status in August.

INDIA: Lawyer Mishi Choudhury on what India shutdowns ruling means for journalists (Blog)

CPJ: On January 14, the Jammu and Kashmir administration partially restored mobile internet in a handful of districts, according to news reports. The administration, which is directly controlled by the Indian government, had imposed a complete communication ban in the restive region after withdrawing its special status under the Indian constitution in August 2019, as CPJ reported at the time.

INDIA: Press Council of India Serves Notice to Ashok Gehlot Over ‘Want Ads, Show News’ Remark

The Wire: The Rajasthan government led by chief minister Ashok Gehlot has been served a notice by the Press Council of India (PCI) over his alleged remark on government advertisements published in the newspapers at a press conference in December 16 last year.

INDONESIA: TVRI director Helmy Yahya sacked after purchasing Premier League broadcasting rights

The Jakarta Post: Helmy Yahya, former president director of state-owned, public television broadcaster TVRI, spoke up on Friday in a press conference after he was fired from his position. 

JAPAN: Japan public broadcaster NHK to begin 18 hour/day simultaneous online streaming

The Mainichi: Japanese public broadcaster NHK is set to begin full-scale simultaneous online streaming of its television programs on April 1, its president Ryoichi Ueda told a news conference on Jan. 15.

MALAYSIA: Malaysia under China’s growing media influence, says Freedom House report

Malaysiakini: A news report by democracy watchdog Freedom House has cited Malaysia as one of the many developing countries in which China’s Communist regime shapes media content and narratives about China.

MALAYSIA: Media council takes shape, pro-tem committee appointed

Malaysiakini: Forty-five years after it was first mooted, the Malaysian Media Council is finally taking shape with the appointment of a 17-member pro-tem committee.

MYANMAR: Criticism of the army or government lands many Burmese in court

The Economist: The army, meanwhile, spreads whatever falsehoods it likes. 

NEPAL: Information Technology Bill threatens freedom of expression

Amnesty International: IT Bill provides heavy prison sentences and hefty fines against those who freely express their opinion through electronic medium.

PAKISTAN: CPNE report depicts grim picture of media freedom

Dawn: At least seven journalists were reportedly murdered and 60 booked under anti-terrorism and other laws last year as media in Pakistan continued to face extreme pressure.

PHILIPPINES: Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media

Rappler: As it argues that self-regulation is one of the fundamentals of a free press, Rappler asks: Can the President pick who’s legitimate media and who is not? Can the President restrict access to public events?

PHILIPPINES: Media academic warns shutting key TV channel would be step to ‘dictatorship’

Asia Pacific Report: A New Zealand media academic and freedom advocate has warned that shutting down the Philippines’ largest and most popular media network would be a move toward dictatorship. 

SRI LANKA: Amnesty International raises concerns over intimidation of journalists, activists

Via MENAFN: Amnesty International is concerned by multiple reports of harassment, intimidation and attacks on human rights organisations, media outlets, and journalists in Sri Lanka.

TAIWAN: Reaffirming Taiwan’s press freedom

IFJ: Taiwan’s election result on January 11 delivered stronger hopes for press freedom and media independence in the country after incumbent Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected as President of Taiwan. 

THAILAND: HRW slams oppressive media laws

Deutsche Welle: Thais are facing increasingly fewer freedoms of expression, according to the Human Rights Watch World Report. 2019 saw a rise in applications of SLAPP suits, defamation charges and other efforts to quash dissent. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC to focus on generosity of the Australian spirit this Australia Day

ABC: The ABC will focus on the communities most affected by the ongoing bushfires as part of its 2020 Australia Day coverage. The ABC will broaden its Australia Day coverage this year to include stories from the regions that have been impacted by bushfires.  Emergency broadcasting, however, will remain at the core of its service for those communities still under threat from bushfires.

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s catastrophic fires are a moment of reckoning for Murdoch’s media empire (Paywall – Opinion)

The Washington Post: Australia is always hours ahead of the United States but rarely can it grant insight into the future. There are, however, two important ways the nation today offers a grim warning for Americans.

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s policies on asylum seekers and media freedom criticised in new human rights report

SBS: A new report on human rights has taken Australia to task over a range of issues, including media freedom and Indigenous rights.

AUSTRALIA: Media regulator scrutinises broadcasters over commercial influence

Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s media regulator has raised concerns about the disclosure of commercial deals on television and radio after finding eight out of 10 Australians are worried about the influence of advertisers on news.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ moves ahead with plans to create new music station for a younger audience

Stuff: Radio New Zealand is moving to set up a new station, focused on music to attract a younger audience.

NEW ZEALAND: Tsunami alerts: what you need to know

RNZ: On Sunday night, sirens sounded from Tauranga to Waihi with many members of the public taking them to be a tsunami warning.

REGIONAL: How the media is handling climate change sceptics (Listen)

RNZ: Media commentator Andrew Holden examines the climate change issue in Australia and how media giant News Corp has been running denialist material. How’s it being handled here in New Zealand? 

ALBANIA: Journalists’ association pushes President to veto “censorship” law

EFJ: The President of Albania, Ilir Meta, has vetoed a proposed law that would stifle online media following the pressure from the Association of Professional Journalists of Albania (APJA), who denounced the bill as “authoritarian”. 

AZERBAIJAN: Reporters Without Borders, Index on Censorship and Transparency International UK urge Azerbaijan to lift journalist’s travel ban

RSF: Azerbaijan authorities should lift a travel ban against award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, UK-based rights groups urged on 15 January.

ESTONIA: RSF ‘extremely concerned’ for future of independent journalism in Estonia

ERR: Paris-based international nonprofit non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is “extremely concerned” for the future of independent journalism in Estonia after an exodus of nearly all investigative reporters and editorial writers from leading daily Postimees in recent weeks.

FINLAND: Yle and STT will start a moderation cooperation for online discussions (Finnish)

Yle: Yle wants to invest more in the quality of Yle News online discussions. The aim is that the reform will improve the quality of the discussions and that the comment sections of the news can be kept open longer. Thanks to the STT Agreement, in the future, every comment in the articles of Yle News will be read and approved by human power, without artificial intelligence.

FRANCE: Capital Girls Forum 2020 (French)

Radio France: The fight against prejudice, discriminatory practices and, at the same time, the promotion of diversity and social cohesion are among the essential missions of the public media. Radio France is living up to this responsibility, both in its radio offer, rich in seven branches, in its musical and cultural production, as well as in its management of human resources.

FRANCE: “If the trend continues, those who are disinterested in the news will be in the majority” (Interview – French)

France Culture: The last barometer of confidence in the media carried out by Kantar for La Croix places the interest of the French for the news at the lowest. Guillaume Goubert, director of the newspaper La Croix, wonders about the reasons for this lack of public interest in the news.

FRANCE: The Press Freedom Police Codex launches in France

EFJ: In recent weeks, there has been an escalation in the incidences of violence by police against journalists, especially in France. There could not be a better time to establish a dialogue between the groups and to work towards stopping the violence.

GERMANY: DW management board: Allegations against DW are unfounded (Press release)

Deutsche Welle: The allegations DW is currently being confronted with are unfounded. All incidents described in an article in The Guardian date more than 18 months back, and in some cases, even further.

GERMANY: NDR must continue to save despite the premium increase (German)

Horizont: The North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) is also preparing for further savings of almost a quarter of a billion euros over the next four years if the broadcasting contribution is increased. 

GERMANY: Trust in the media remains low (German)

Horizont: The Germans continue to trust institutions such as the media little. This is a key finding of the Edelman Trust Barometer that was released today. Confidence in the media rose slightly in Germany, but overall distrust prevails. Even on a global level, the reputation of the media hardly made up ground.

GREECE: Attack against journalist in Greece unacceptable, OSCE Media Freedom Representative urges full investigation

OSCE: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, condemned today the violent attack against journalist Thomas Jacobi in Athens, Greece. In the evening of 19 January, Jacobi, a correspondent for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and the French newspaper La Croix, was physically attacked while covering a demonstration of right-wing extremists in Athens. 

HUNGARY: “Now we have journalism in my city again” (German)

Deutschlandfunk: Media scientist Gábor Polyak has been documenting for years what happens when public broadcasting is controlled by the government. His homeland Hungary serves as an example. According to Polyak, the situation of press freedom is currently improving – but only locally.

IRELAND: Irish govt appoints Chair for public sector broadcasting commission (Paywall)

Telecompaper: The Irish Government has appointed Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University, has Chair of the new Commission on the Future of Irish Public Sector Broadcasting.

ITALY: Outrage over Sanremo festival presenter’s sexist comments on public TV

IFJ: The presenter of the Italian Sanremo 2020 festival, broadcast by the Italian public television RAI, caused a wave of indignation in Italy after he praised his co-hosts with sexist comments.

MONTENEGRO: Montenegro is Intensifying Its War With Critical Journalists

Balkan Insight: Pressure on the media is nothing new in this de facto one-party state – but the current wave of arrests of journalists suggests that the conflict is rapidly intensifying.

NETHERLANDS: Right initiative pushes into public law (German)

Deutshlandfunk: “Ongehoord Nederland” is no more than the idea of ​​some immigration-critical journalists. But the initiative could soon make a program on public service broadcasting. The case also shows how divided the media landscape in the Netherlands is.

POLAND: Polish judges face trial by TV over verdicts (Paywall)

The Times: Poland’s state broadcaster is launching a television series that challenges judges’ verdicts as the government faces protests against its judicial reforms.

PORTUGAL: Racism in Portugal: A blind spot for the media? (Watch)

Al Jazeera: Do Portugal’s mainstream media deny racism and lack diversity? A look into reporting of race in Portuguese media.

SLOVAKIA: Slovak Journalist’s Trial a Fundamental Moment to Prove if Country can Punish Crimes Designed to Silence Journalists

IPS: ZAs four people appear in court in Slovakia over the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova, both 27, the trial is being seen by many as a historic moment for not just press freedom in the country but public faith in its justice system.

SPAIN: Pedro Sánchez talks about “unlocking” RTVE, but does not name the public contest (Spanish)

Info Libre:  “It is necessary to have a new board of directors and budgets that the public corporation needs,” said the president of the Government in his interview on TVE. Today, the only provisional administrator, Rosa María Mateo , appointed for three months, remains in charge of a company in which future projects are scarce. The News Councils of TVE, RNE, and Interactive call for the resolution of the public tender amidst the exhaustion for provisionality in public radio.

SWEDEN: Sweden summons Chinese ambassador over threats to media

The Local: Sweden has summoned China’s ambassador after he threatening the Swedish media for its coverage of the dissident Bookseller Gui Minhai and other sensitive topics.

UK: BBC boss details more job moves out of London

BBC News: BBC director general Tony Hall has outlined a plan that will see at least two thirds of the corporation’s staff based outside London by 2027.

UK: Four big issues the new BBC director general will find in their in-tray

The Guardian: The licence fee, unequal pay, and the impact of Netflix all need urgent attention

UK: New BBC chief will inherit broadcaster under attack on all fronts (Paywall)

Financial Times: Tony Hall to step down as director-general after seven ‘stable’ years in charge.

UK: Sarah Montague: Radio presenter confirms £400k pay settlement with BBC

BBC News: Radio presenter Sarah Montague has confirmed she won a £400,000 settlement and an apology from the BBC after being treated “unequally” by the corporation for years.

UK: Tony Hall to stand down as BBC Director-General

BBC Media Centre: Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE, has today announced that he will stand down from the role of BBC Director-General this summer.

REGIONAL: BIRN Launches New Investigative Resource Desk Platform

BIRN: BIRN is proud to announce BIRD, a unique platform that provides investigative journalists with a set of invaluable tech tools and resources, as well as various types of assistance. 

GENERAL: ‘Push back against those who abuse the law to silence the media’ – Index on Censorship (Opinion)

The Shift: In an opinion piece for The Shift, the chief executive of Index on Censorship says, “The powerful are abusing the law to silence journalists. This must stop”.

ARGENTINA: The new Public Media go on stage (Spanish)

Página12: The head of Cabinet of the Nation, Santiago Cafiero, received on Wednesday the authorities of the public media, headed by the secretary of the area, Francisco Meritello, to trace the general guidelines that will be applied in the system.

BARBADOS: AG: Freedom of Information Act still on cards

Loop Barbados: Journalists have received the assurance that the long promised Freedom of Information Act is still on the cards for Barbados. 

BRAZIL: Press freedom attacks explode with Bolsonaro (Portuguese)

FENAJ: The rise of Jair Bolsonaro to the Presidency of the Republic significantly affected press freedom in Brazil. In 2019, the number of cases of attacks on media outlets and journalists reached 208, an increase of 54.07% over the previous year, when 135 occurrences were recorded.  

CHILE: Masked attackers ransack Chilean newspaper, break equipment and set fires

CPJ: Masked men broke into the headquarters of  El Mercurio de Antofagasta in Antofagasta, a city in northern Chile, on January 13, damaging several offices, stealing equipment and setting several fires. 

COLOMBIA: New reports of illegal espionage of journalists in Colombia reignite fears

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Illegal espionage of journalists and other public personalities, including magistrates and politicians, seems to have another chapter in Colombia after a scandal over this same issue almost a decade ago ended in the abolition of the country’s intelligence department. 

HAITI: In Haiti’s uprising, journalists are caught in the middle

CJR: Many journalists report working in dangerous and even life-threatening conditions. Public perception of journalism has deteriorated; protestors accuse media outlets of supporting the government, and attacks on the press have escalated. Journalists are also harassed by counter-protesters and police from the opposing side. 

PERU: CPP asks to discuss projects on freedom of expression and access to public information

Diario Gestión: The Peruvian Press Council (CPP) asked the new Congress of the Republic elected in the elections of January 26 to discuss three pending initiatives to promote freedom of expression and access to public information that were pending after the dissolution of the previous one Parliament.

TRINIDAD: Lawyer tells AG: Fight for Sedition Act yourself

Newsday: Attorney Jagdeo Singh has challenged Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to personally argue the State’s appeal of the ruling on the Sedition Act. On Monday, High Court judge Justice Frank Seepersad ruled that sections 3 and 4 of the Act, infringed on the right of citizens to freedom of thought and expression, the right to join political parties and express political views, and the right of freedom of the press. 

REGIONAL: IACHR report on corruption and human rights asks governments in the region to protect journalists

Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas: Given the wave of corruption that has plagued the region in recent years, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asked the countries of the American continent to protect journalists and freedom of expression.

IRAN: IFJ supports journalists who resigned over lack of editorial independence in state-media

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today supported Iranian journalists who denounced interference with their editorial independence, following the resignation of at least two senior journalists working for Iranian state broadcaster over the cover-up of the recent shooting down of the Ukrainian plane.

IRAN & UKRAINE: Ukrainian plane crash in Iran: How journalists ‘solved’ it using tech tools, social media and a little math

Gulf News: Journalists are trying to piece together crash mystery from photos and videos

IRAQ: Two TV journalists gunned down covering protests in Iraq

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the recent murder of a Dilja TV correspondent and his cameraman in Iraq and called for their killers to be swiftly brought to justice.

LEBANON: Press Freedom Organizations Condemn Attacks on Journalists in Lebanon Perpetrators of Violations Must Be Held Accountable

CFI: Since January 14, 2020, Lebanon witnessed a worrying wave of attacks against journalists and photographers covering protests in Beirut. Violence reached its peak in front of a police barrack in the Mar Elias neighborhood the night of January 15, 2020 when security officers and the riot police used excessive force to disperse protesters. 

QATAR: New law could see five-year jail sentences for ‘false news’

Amnesty International: Even attempt to report on the law has seen hasty media apology amid apparent fears of infringing the ‘deeply troubling’ legislation. Country already under fire for treatment of migrant workers in lead-up to World Cup

TURKEY: Charge, attack, restrict: The main ways Turkey silenced journalists in 2019

Index on Censorship: Criminal charges, physical attacks and internet restrictions were among the main tools used to stifle dissent in Turkey last year, according to new analysis from Index on Censorship’s Monitoring and Advocating for Media Freedom project

YEMEN: Journalists are disappearing in Houthi-controlled Yemen

Via IFEX: As the conflict in Yemen between Houthi forces and the Saudi-Emirati coalition continues, rights groups call for an end to the abduction, torture, and trial of Yemeni journalists.

CANADA: AR membership approves tentative agreement

CBC/Radio-Canada: At the union’s general meeting yesterday, members of the Association des réalisateurs (AR) voted unanimously to approve the tentative agreement reached between the parties in December following a marathon bargaining session. 

CANADA: CBC boss says broadcaster must extend helping hand to struggling news outlets

CBC News: Canada’s public broadcaster has an obligation to help news organizations gutted by shrinking advertising revenues and rounds of layoffs, the corporation’s president says. 

CANADA: Letter from the editor: The CBC has never been more vital—just not in the way it thinks (Opinion) 

The Logic: The CBC is no longer simply a broadcaster. It is a platform for truth in journalism at a time of misinformation, and it is a platform for Canadian culture at a time when global media players have easier access to Canadians than ever. If we want Canadian culture to exist, we have no greater asset than the CBC.

CANADA: Quebecor accuses CBC/SRC of preferential treatment with subscription VoD service

Telecompaper: Quebecor has accused public broadcaster CBC/Societe Radio-Canada is violating regulations by operating a paying VoD service. 

CANADA: There’s a month left to weigh in on CBC’s next broadcast licence

CBC News: The national broadcaster is in the process of applying for a new broadcast licence from the CRTC. As part of that process, the CRTC is inviting all Canadians to answer a series of questions ranging from how the broadcaster could improve its programming to whether that programming adequately reflects Canada’s diversity.

US: CPB awards nearly $1 million in innovation grants to develop new educational media for youth audiences

CPB: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded $946,863 to four locally owned and operated public media stations to develop new educational media for youth. 

U.S: In Signal Boost For Both, CPR Will Operate Colorado Springs-Based KRCC Under New Partnership

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Public Radio, the state’s largest public radio organization, has signed a partnership agreement with Colorado College to operate Colorado Springs-based KRCC, representing a major potential boost for work produced by both operations on air, online, and in other products like podcasts and streaming audio. 

US: Reporters Challenge New Restrictions In Trying To Cover Senate Impeachment Trial

NPR: Reporters are being confined to small cordoned-off sections in areas where unrestricted access was typically standard. They are being prevented from walking with senators to continue conversations — even when the senator involved is willingly participating. Reporters also now may not approach senators for interviews in the halls surrounding the Senate chamber. Taken together, the new rules effectively prevent members of the press from reaching many senators.

US: Social media disinformation leads election security concerns, poll finds

PBS: The new survey from PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist Poll found that 59 percent of Americans say it is hard to identify false information — intentionally misleading and inaccurate stories portrayed as truth — on social media. Another 37 percent disagreed, saying it is easy to spot.

US: Update: NPR’s Climate Coverage Team Expanding (Opinion)

NPR: In July, we took a deep look at NPR’s coverage of climate change and promised a follow-up once the newsroom had concluded its evaluation of whether changes were needed.

Closing the gap between broadcast and OTT (Paywall)

IBC365: The OTT and broadcast experience get closer with latest latency and quality tech advances, with the quality of experience gap is closing as needs for faster speeds take hold in sports, gambling and even military video.

Five tips to get started with mobile journalism

Journalism.co.uk: Smartphones give you the power to report live from almost everywhere, film interviews and edit footage on the go – here is (almost) everything you need to know to go mojo. 

How the New York Times verified the Iran missile-strike footage

CJR: On January 8, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 caught fire in the sky above Tehran. All 176 people on board the flight died in the incident, the cause of which was not immediately known. The next day, the New York Times published a 20-second video clip which showed the explosion was caused by an Iranian missile. 

‘I couldn’t do it alone’: Collaborating on Luanda Leaks

ICIJ: Karlijn Kuijpers, from the Netherlands, Jacob Borg, from Malta and Axcel Chenney, from Mauritius, were three investigative reporters on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Luanda Leaks investigation.

Shooting The Messenger: The Demonisation Of Journalists Must End

Balkan Insight: Violence against journalists, and the daily barrage of verbal attacks on them from some political leaders, represent an assault on an essential pillar of democracy.

The Power of Digital Radio in Emergencies

Radio World: Don’t underestimate the potential of digital radio in times of crisis

UNESCO concerned about press freedom worldwide, despite drop in number of media casualties in 2019

UNESCO: While the number of journalists killed worldwide fell by almost half in 2019, journalists face ongoing risks and perpetrators enjoy almost total impunity for these crimes, according to UNESCO data.

YouTube’s algorithm is pushing climate misinformation videos, and their creators are profiting from it

Nieman Lab: One-fifth of the ads on climate misinformation videos were from Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, or other green/environmental groups.

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