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The BBC’s Impartiality Crisis (Paywall)

BBC, The Media Show: The BBC is engulfed in a row about its handling of a complaint against Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News and Chris Banatvala, formerly Director of Standards at OFCOM and a member of The Sky News Board, discuss.

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Australia Talks can help you understand how you compare to other Australians — here’s how

ABC News: ABC launches Australia Talks project, which includes an interactive tool that shows you how your attitudes and experiences compare with other Australians, and Chairperson Ita Buttrose discusses its initial findings.

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EGYPT: Egypt dailies misquote BBC Monitoring over protest hashtags (Paywall)

BBC Monitoring: A number of pro-government dailies have carried reports citing a BBC Monitoring article about the manipulation and exploitation of protest hashtags in Egypt, in some cases misquoting or misrepresenting BBC Monitoring’s reporting.

GHANA: Support media freedom, independence – NMC entreats President

GhanaWeb: The Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to affirm his unalloyed support for media freedom and independence in Ghana.

KENYA: New journalism guidelines set to crackdown on impostors

Daily Nation: Media practitioners have fourteen days to submit their views on proposed accreditation guidelines.

MOZAMBIQUE: Renamo Bans TV Crew From Quelimane Campaign

AllAfrica: Members and supporters of Mozambique’s main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, on Sunday banned a crew from the public television station, TVM, from covering its election campaign in Icidua, an outlying suburb of Quelimane, capital of the central province of Zambezia.

NAMIBIA: Award winning broadcaster says distinctive journalism is about pushing boundaries (Watch)

NBC: An award winning freelance journalist says distinctive journalism is about pushing the boundaries, giving voice to citizens and departing from the traditional top-down or one-to-many schemes.

NAMIBIA: Steer clear of ‘fake news’ … Simataa warns journalists

New Era: Information minister Stanley Simataa has implored Namibian journalists to resolutely resist the temptation to be caught up in the web of “fake news”. 

SOUTH AFRICA: How bailout gives SABC a chance to get its act together (Opinion)

Via Media Monitoring Africa: The debt-laden broadcaster requested funds of about R6.8bn from the government in February. With just more than half of their request, it will be enough to keep it solvent, Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird said. 

SOUTH AFRICA: “Most South Africans No Longer Pay Their TV Licences” -SABC

Broadcast Media Africa: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) delivered its 2018/19 annual report in parliament on Monday (30 September), announcing that the national broadcaster is technically insolvent.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC appoints new COO 

SABC News: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has appointed Ian Plaatjies as its Chief Operating Officer, following the vacancy left by Chris Maroleng in April 2019.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC receives R2.1 billion bail out

SABC News: Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni Abrahams has just announced that the SABC will be receiving R2.1 billion on Monday as part of the R3.2 billion bail out.

TANZANIA: Limitless freedom of press unrealistic, Myakwembe says

Daily News: INFORMATION, Culture, Arts and Sports Minister Dr Harrison Mwakyembe yesterday ruled out the possibility of having limitless press freedom in the country.

TUNISIA: Tunisian radio’s migration to DAB+ (Event)

Asia Radio Today: The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) will host a joint workshop with WorldDAB on October 10. The workshop, Titled ‘Promoting DAB+ Services and Receivers’ will bring together stakeholders from across the Tunisian radio sector to discuss the opportunities DAB+ brings for the radio, manufacturing, retail and automotive sectors.

UGANDA: Political coverage becomes risky for the journalists in Uganda

Human Rights Network for Journalists

ZIMBABWE: Media Commission Bill hearings begin

The Herald: Parliament will from today begin public consultations on the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill aimed at promoting freedom of expression and communication as enshrined in the Constitution.

REGIONAL: West Africa Media Excellence Awards 2019: List of Finalists

MWFA: The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has announced the list of finalists for the 2019 edition of the prestigious West Africa Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA 2019).

CAMBODIA: Cambodia orders fresh investigation into journalists from US-backed radio station

The Guardian: Radio Free Asia’s Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were arrested in 2017 crackdown on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s opponents. 

CHINA: China Masters Political Propaganda for the Instagram Age

The New York Times: Leveraging celebrities, the know-how of tech companies and images built for social media, the Communist Party can effectively stir patriotism among the youth.

HONG KONG: IPI condemns growing violence against Hong Kong press

IPI: In the past few days, clashes between security forces and protesters in the city have intensified, leading to an increasingly hostile climate and a sharp escalation in attacks against reporters and photographers.

HONG KONG: Writers for Peace: PEN demands freedom of expression and assembly in Hong Kong (Event)

PEN International: Alarmed at the events in Hong Kong on the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, shortly after the 5th Anniversary of the Umbrella Movement, 72 PEN Centres from all around the world meeting at the 85th PEN International Congress in Manila, Philippines, demand that the Hong Kong government respects the right of free expression of journalists and writers and the right to freedom of assembly.

INDIA: Kashmir under lockdown: All the latest updates

Al Jazeera: Kashmir journalists protest two-month blackout.

INDIA: Kashmiri journalists stage protest against ‘media gag’

Reuters: Journalists in Indian Kashmir on Thursday staged a small silent protest against what they say has been a “media gag” by Indian authorities that has badly affected their ability to work in the disputed region for the last 60 days.

INDIA: The Story of a News Channel Broadcasting More Than Just News to Kashmir (Watch)

The Wire: Delhi-based Gulistan News is broadcasting more than just news to Kashmir. Since August 5, the channel has telecast lakhs of audio, video and text messages of people who have not been able to connect with their families and friends due to a communication shutdown in the state.

INDONESIA: ABC Indonesia correspondent David Lipson reflects on a tumultuous posting and the power of the mob (Opinion)

ABC News: My first story reporting from Indonesia was about a mob.

INDONESIA: Fake news sparks panic among Indonesian earthquake victims

Rappler: Fears about aftershocks are aggravated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news – mostly on WhatsApp and other messaging services – warning a tsunami-generating quake was about to strike

MALAYSIA: Joint DRM and ABU workshop in Kuala Lumpur (Event)

Asia Radio Today: The DRM Digital Radio Implementation and Rollout Workshop will be jointly organised by the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium and the Asia-pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) on October 9 and 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

MALAYSIA: Malaysia looks to repeal anti-fake news law again

The Straits Times: Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is attempting to once again repeal the anti-fake news law after it was rebuffed at the Senate last year, despite having passed the Lower House.

PAKISTAN: Media unity (Editorial)

DAWN: The media industry has finally risen to the occasion. In a show of unity that had become rare in recent times, all factions of print and electronic media organisations, along with the owners of media groups, held a meeting in Islamabad where they came to the unanimous conclusion that not only would they reject the government’s move to set up media tribunals, they would also put up active resistance to it.

PHILIPPINES: Philippines hosts global writers’ congress as media ‘censored’ (Event – Watch)

Al Jazeera: Threats to freedom of expression are taking centre stage for the first time in the Philippines.

SINGAPORE: ‘Chilling’: Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law comes into effect

The Guardian: Legislation gives government power to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false.

THAILAND: Thailand’s Anti-Fake News Center Fans Fears of Censorship

VOA:  Rights groups and opposition parties in Thailand are warning that a new center authorities plan to open by next month to combat the spread of fake news online may be misused to target and silence government critics.

GENERAL: Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia joint TV project to fight anti-Muslim sentiment

TRT World: Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun says a joint TV project between Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan is only an element of the struggle against anti-Muslim sentiments.

AUSTRALIA: Australia Talks can help you understand how you compare to other Australians — here’s how

ABC News: Today, we’ve launched the ABC’s Australia Talks project, which includes an interactive tool that shows you how your attitudes and experiences compare with other Australians.

AUSTRALIA: Ita Buttrose calls for more media diversity, but derides ‘political correctness

The Guardian: ABC chair says the Australian media is too white and the ABC needs to ‘better reflect the culture of Australia’.

AUSTRALIA: SBS delivers new mobile first website in 68 languages (Press Release)

SBS: The new website is designed to support new features enabling the display of content in languages that run from left-to-right and right-to-left, and new font faces have improved the readability of content, with consideration given to the needs of different languages when selecting font sizes, line heights, and letter spacing. 

FIJI: FBC to launch radio show to identify fake news

FBC News: The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation will be launching its first radio program which will help people to differentiate fake news from real news.

NEW ZEALAND: Aotearoa’s superdiversity celebrated in hours and hours of new screen content

NZ On Air: New Zealand’s superdiverse communities, stunning landscapes, history and modern issues feature in a stellar line up of new informative content coming to screens, with NZ On Air funding.

NEW ZEALAND: Strong Multi-Platform Results for RNZ (Press Release)

RNZ: The third nationwide GfK radio industry survey for 2019 reflects another strong twelvemonth performance for RNZ’s live radio programming and on-air results have been enhanced by excellent digital figures.

NEW ZEALAND: The fire this time: reporting climate now

RNZ: Recent weeks have seen the most concentrated climate change coverage in New Zealand’s history but it was still eclipsed by coverage of the Rugby World Cup.

AUSTRIA: ORF: reconstruction on Küniglberg (German)

Horizont: Falling market shares on television, saving requirements and thus missing funds, attacks from outside. The public broadcasting is under pressure from several sides – an analysis of the current situation with a view to construction in the respective areas.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Football Fans Stormed Radio Sarajevo Newsroom and Forced Staff to Remove News Item

COE: A journalist of Radiosarajevo.ba was attacked and several journalists were threatened by a group of fans of the Football Club Sarajevo on the evening of 27 September 2019 in the capital. 

FRANCE: At Le Monde, journalists win a battle for editorial independence

CJR: In recent months, a shareholder battle has roiled Le Monde, which is effectively France’s paper of record. In October 2018, staff and readers, representatives of whom own 25 percent of its parent company, lashed out after one of Le Monde’s shareholders furtively sold a chunk of his stake to a controversial tycoon from the Czech Republic.

FRANCE: French minister of culture opens consultation process on draft audio-visual law (Paywall)

Telecompaper: France’s minister of culture Franck Riester has asked broadcasting watchdog CSA, telecom regulator Arcep and anti-piracy authority Hadopi to review the draft law that the government is preparing for the largest reform of the audio-visual sector in over thirty years, reports Contexte.

FRANCE: Private data, civil liberties (French)

France Culture: The anxiety-provoking news blunts resistance to shrinking public freedoms. “What’s the point ?” seems to say the time.

GERMANY: German broadcaster ARD to invest EUR 20 mln to create new content for streaming platforms (Paywall)

Telecompaper: German broadcaster ARD plans to invest EUR 20 million next year into the production of TV series for its streaming platforms, programme director at the Northern German Broadcasting (NDR) Frank Beckmann said in an interview with Dwdl.de.   

GERMANY: State Media Authorities request subsidies for local TV (German)

Deutschlandfunk: Many private local TV channels have to shut down as advertising revenue [declines]. Five East German state media authorities are now demanding that local television be supported by public funds – as in Switzerland and Austria.

IRELAND: Big broadcasters lag behind in podcasts chart (Paywall)

The Times: RTÉ has just one podcast among the country’s 50 most popular so far this year, according to an analytics company.

ITALY: Hostility towards press freedom on the rise

IPI:  While it is seldom discussed in international fora, press freedom in Italy has recently come under growing attack.

LATVIA: President Levits, EBU chief talk up importance of public service media

LSM: Latvia’s state president and one of Europe’s top media executives were in agreement October 2 about the importance of proper funding for public service media (PSM).

MALTA: European watchdog registers threat against media freedom from Prime Minister’s staff

The Shift News: Social media posts by Josef Caruana, an official from the Office of the Prime Minister in Malta, have been registered as a threat to press freedom on the European Commission-funded platform monitoring the violations against press freedom in Europe.

MALTA: Media Advisory | No Justice Two Years on for Daphne Caruana Galizia

PEN International: Wednesday 16 October will mark two years since the brutal assassination of Malta’s best-known investigative journalist and anti-corruption campaigner, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

NETHERLANDS: New law threatens press freedom in the Netherlands

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a new Dutch law under which Dutch citizens travelling to an area “controlled by terrorist groups” must request permission from the justice ministry. 

NORWAY: Civil society and media freedom on agenda as Norway takes over chair of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

The Barents Observer: “We look with great concern at the difficult working conditions for civil society in Russia, especially the conditions for NGOs, the media and indigenous peoples,” says foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

POLAND: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: TVP behaves like a government propaganda channel (Polish)

OKO.Press: We strongly urge the Polish authorities to ensure that the country’s public service media fulfilled their legal obligation to provide unbiased coverage of the forthcoming general election in Poland.

POLAND: TVP to make channel changes

Broadband TV News: The Polish public broadcaster TVP plans to make number of changes to its thematic channels later this month.

RUSSIA: Russian authorities harass journalists reporting on Svetlana Prokopyeva terrorism case

CPJ: Russian authorities should drop the charges against journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva and stop harassing reporters covering her case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

SERBIA: We Know Why Vucic Considers BIRN the Enemy (Opinion)

Balkan Insight: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his proxies routinely label BIRN and its journalists liars and traitors. His well-practiced authoritarian concept of “enemies” and “foes” has been used before – in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. For us, it is not news anymore.

SPAIN: Madrid City Council ends local radio broadcasting

EFJ: On 29 September, the Madrid radio M21 stopped airing its programmes following a decision from the newly elected city council of Madrid, leaving the thirteen media workers in an uncertain situation. 

SPAIN: Spanish reporter Laila Jiménez assaulted by protesters during Catalonia independence march

CPJ: Local authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate an incident in Barcelona in which journalist Laila Jiménez was assaulted by protesters, and ensure that journalists can safely cover demonstrations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

SWITZERLAND: Swiss communication department extends broadcasting licences for 49 local stations until 2024 (Paywall)

Telecompaper: The Swiss Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (Uvek) said that it has extended 49 licences for local radio and regional television broadcasters until the end of 2024.

UK: BBC staff challenge managers over racism in Naga Munchetty row

The Guardian: BAME workers at meeting demand an inquiry and say presenter deserves an apology. 

UK: BBC tried to prevent Ofcom inquiry into Naga Munchetty row

The Guardian: The BBC attempted to stop an external investigation into Naga Munchetty’s comments about Donald Trump, prompting the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, to declare it had “serious concerns around the transparency of the BBC’s complaints process”.

UK: June Sarpong appointed Director of Creative Diversity

BBC Media Centre: Broadcaster, writer and campaigner, June Sarpong MBE has been appointed as the BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity.

UK: Netflix given €57,000 tax rebate by UK government in 2018

The Guardian: Company received figure despite making an estimated £700m from British subscribers. 

UK: Ofcom criticises BBC’s ‘lack of transparency’ over Naga Munchetty case

BBC News: Media watchdog Ofcom has said it has “serious concerns around the transparency of the BBC’s complaints process” following its handling of the Naga Munchetty case.

GENERAL: #Disinformation – Commission launches call to create European Digital Media Observatory

EUReporter: The European Commission has published a call for tenders to create the first core service of a digital platform to help fighting disinformation in Europe. 

GENERAL: ECPMF launches Helpdesk to support journalists at risk

ECMPF: Today, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) launched a Helpdesk to support journalists and media professionals, at risk and under threat across Europe.

GENERAL: EU policies for media and democracy: EBU publishes priorities

EBU: The EBU has called on EU policy makers to champion media policies that will protect the vital role public service media (PSM) plays in democratic societies.

GENERAL: Growing concerns among European journalists on political interference on public service media

EFJ: Twelve journalists working at the the public service broadcasters (PSM) in Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Serbia and the UK attended the first meeting of the Broadcasting Expert Group (BREG) has raised serious concerns over the increasing political interference on public service media.

ARGENTINA: In Argentina, fact-checkers supported a ‘deepfake’

Poynter: Fact-checkers in Argentina are in their Aikido moment. Aikido is an ancient Japanese martial art through which the fighter uses all of his opponent’s strength to beat him and win the battle.

BRAZIL: Falsehoods outperform facts in Brazilian WhatsApp groups, study shows

Poynter: Up to four of every 10 viral messages shared in WhatsApp groups throughout last year’s presidential elections in Brazil contained information found to be false by fact-checkers…

CHILE: Advance in protocols to protect the freedom of the press and security of professionals covering public events (Spanish) 

Radio Las Nieves: After six press professionals were covering an environmental march in Santiago, government spokeswoman Cecilia Pérez met with the Deputy Secretary of Crime Prevention and representatives of the Federation of Social Media of Chile to coordinate protocols for media personnel who cover public demonstrations. 

COLOMBIA: Does the Colombian government violate press freedom?

Open Democracy: International Women’s Media Foundation denounces that one of its fellows was denied entry into Colombia to report. Migration authorities deny the accusations of deportation.

CUBA: 19 independent Cuban media outlets publish joint declaration demanding more protection and respect for the press from government

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In a joint statement published simultaneously on Oct. 7 by 19 independent Cuban media, journalists on the island reported experiencing a wave of repression to silence them from the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel.

CUBA: The only “reform” in Cuba is to maintain repression of the press, the IAPA denounces (Spanish) 

El Nuevo Herald: At the Inter-American Press Association summit, Cuba’s representative Lucila Morales denounced the actions of the Cuban government, specifically the legal framework being used as a means of censorship and repression. 

ECUADOR: Police attack journalists covering protests in Ecuador

CPJ: According to a report by local press freedom group Fundamedios, police officers pushed, kicked, and sprayed tear gas at a group of about 20 journalists in Quito who were covering a protest against the government’s move to end fuel subsidies, which has sparked demonstrations throughout the country.

EL SALVADOR: Report restrictions to the press in El Salvador (Spanish)

La Prensa Gráfica: Editor-in-chief of El Diario de Hoy Fabricio Altamirano presented a report prepared by the regional vice presidency of the IAPA of El Salvador outlining restrictions to journalists including blocking access to government press conferences as well as threats to safety and intimidation. 

GUYANA: Pro-PPP radio, TV stations take GNBA to court over alleged freedom of expression violations

Demerara Waves: Two radio and television stations closely associated with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) want the High Court to find that their constitutional right to freedom of expression has been violated by a hearing committee of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) which they say has not been legally constituted.

JAMAICA: ‘Withdraw It’ – Gov’t Told To Rethink 50-Year Increase In Period Of Exemption From Public Access To Cabinet Documents

The Gleaner: Several stakeholders focused on holding those in power to account yesterday lashed out after revelations that Government is seeking amendments to the Access to Information Act that would increase the exemption period for public access to Cabinet documents from 20 to 70 years.

MEXICO: National Geographic journalist injured in shootout in Mexico: local authorities

Reuters: A National Geographic journalist was shot in the leg in Mexico late Friday while interviewing an alleged drug dealer, who was killed when four armed men stormed in on the interview. 

NICARAGUA: Cartoonist Pedro X. Molina on Nicaragua: ‘Independent journalism has become one of the basic needs of the population’

Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas: Pedro X. Molina is one of the representatives of this journalism: his striking cartoons tell the stories of resistance from Nicaraguans and explain the acts of violence committed by public agents in an attempt to stifle the protests that erupted in the country a year and a half ago.

IRAN: RSF calls for release of Russian journalist held in Iran

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Yulia Yuzik, a Russian journalist who was arrested in Iran on 2 October and who has still not been allowed to see a lawyer or Russian consular officials.

IRAQ: Iraqi security forces attack reporters covering protests

RSF: Reporters for at least 14 media outlets have been the targets of these attacks, which began on 1 October, the days the protests suddenly erupted, and have taken place throughout the country.

IRAQ: Unidentified assailants raid 4 broadcasters in Baghdad, assault staffers

CPJ: On October 5, unidentified armed assailants wearing masks and black uniforms broke into and ransacked the Baghdad offices of Dijlah TV, NRT Arabic, Al-Hadath, and Al-Arabiya, stealing equipment and assaulting employees, according to news reports…

PALESTINE: Palestinian journalist Hani al-Agha detained by Hamas forces in Gaza since September 25

CPJ: On September 25, al-Agha, a reporter for the pro-Fatah broadcaster Sawt al-Shabab Radio, responded to a summons by traveling to the headquarters of the Hamas-affiliated Internal Security Forces, west of Gaza City; once there, security forces arrested him, according to news reports and a report by the Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, a regional press freedom group.

SAUDI ARABIA: Mark the Khashoggi Anniversary by Freeing Jailed Activists

HRW: The admission of guilt by the Saudi authorities needs to be accompanied by the release of political prisoners

SAUDI ARABIA & PAKISTAN: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to sign media deal

Arab News: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will sign a cooperation agreement between their official news agencies by December, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on information and broadcasting, told Arab News on Saturday.

TURKEY: Turkey reform proposals fall far short of needed change

IPI: Proposed legislative changes due to be presented today in Turkey’s Parliament as part of a long-awaited Judicial Reform Strategy (JRS) are inadequate to protect journalists’ rights, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today.

UAE & EGYPT: Facebook deletes hundreds of accounts from Egypt and UAE over misinformation

Middle East Eye: Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts from its platforms that originated from countries including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, its head of cybersecurity policy said. 

CANADA: Canadian fact-checkers are pleasantly surprised by the small amount of false electoral content

Poynter: Canadians will elect a new Parliament in two weeks. 

CANADA: Canada’s public broadcaster launches CBC Listen (Press Release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC today [7 Oct] announced the launch of CBC Listen, a new audio streaming service offering best-in-class Canadian content across award-winning CBC Podcasts, CBC Radio and CBC Music on the easy-to-navigate website and app.

CANADA: Quebec’s help to media is support for public’s right to know (Editorial)

Montreal Gazette: If citizens are not well informed about societal issues and public affairs, they cannot exercise their democratic rights effectively.

CANADA: Radio-Canada on the ground: rethinking local news in the digital age

CBC/Radio-Canada: National public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada has a presence in more than 60 communities from coast to coast to coast, and seek to leverage that strength by prioritizing our local connections

CANADA: Supreme Court decision upholds shield law protecting journalists’ confidential sources

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) applauds the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to set aside an order issued by a Quebec Superior Court that would have forced investigative journalist Marie-Maude Denis to reveal her confidential sources in a government corruption case.

U.S: 12 local newsrooms, seven states, one big problem: How an INN collaboration is nationalizing the rural healthcare crisis

Nieman Lab

U.S: A Corrections Milestone Worth Noting (Opinion)

NPR: We last wrote about NPR’s efforts to reduce the number of errors it makes about a year ago. At that point, the newsroom had set itself a goal to cut in half the number of items each month requiring corrections, and it had fallen far short.

U.S: Americans Are Wary of the Role Social Media Sites Play in Delivering the News

Pew Research Centre: As heated debate continues over how social media sites can improve the quality of news on their platforms while enforcing rules fairly, most Americans are pessimistic about these efforts and are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news.

U.S: Facebook to Exempt Opinion and Satire From Fact-Checking

The Wall Street Journal: Facebook Inc. plans to exempt opinion pieces and satire from its fact-checking program, according to people familiar with the matter, as the social-media giant grapples with how to stop the spread of falsehoods while maintaining its own neutrality.

U.S: Kimberly Howell Appointed Inspector General for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Press Release)

CPB: The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has named Kimberly Howell as CPB’s Inspector General, replacing Mary Mitchelson, who retired in April.

U.S: Pacifica lays off WBAI staff, changes programming in move to end financial losses (Paywall)

Current: The Pacifica Foundation said in a press release Monday that it has laid off staff at WBAI, its station in New York City, citing financial problems at the station.

U.S: The Deepest of Cuts (Editorial)

PBS: Governor’s Budget Cuts In Alaska Promise Outsized Impact. Is politics behind the cleaver that was dropped on public media in Alaska?

REGIONAL: Why going solo is a risk for female reporters in the US and Canada

CPJ: A CPJ survey on safety issues for female and gender non-conforming journalists in the U.S. and Canada found that 85 percent of respindents said they believed journalism was becoming a less safe job. Several said they lacked support or empathy from editors, who appeared to have an attitude of do the job or move aside, no matter the risk.

Facebook: US, UK and Australia calls to stop encryption plans is a threat to free speech and privacy

Article 19: Article 19 has reacted to calls by the US, UK and Australian Governments for Facebook not to proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services unless it includes “means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens.”

Have your say: Reporters Without Borders launches public call to determine trustworthy news outlets

Journalism.co.uk: The Journalism Trust Initiative wants to help increase page views and ad revenue for news organisations compliant with professional standards

Journalism has a vital role in a constitutional democracy (Opinion)

The Guardian: At times of historic importance, the media provides information that breathes life into our democracy

News knowledge as inoculation

CJR: Following the 2016 election—and the tsunami of digital disinformation it had loosed upon the world—we surveyed more than eighteen hundred people about their knowledge of news gathering and reporting procedures.

One subscriber or 48,000 pageviews: Why every journalist should know the “unit economics” of their content

Nieman Lab: “With the advertising people looking at the ad metrics, the subscription people looking at subscription metrics, and journalists looking at outdated metrics…nobody was looking at these metrics together to get a clear view of the business as a whole.”

Pessimism and optimism one year on from Jamal Khashoggi’s death

CJR: A story that started with concerned murmuring about a disappearance has since become a major, long-running scandal about state-sanctioned murder.

Seeing isn’t always believing (Blog)

BBC via Medium: Much has been written about the societal impact of AI but there has been far less penned about its creative potential.

Strengthening the United Nations’ Role in Media Development (Report)

CIMA: What is the UN doing to protect everyone’s right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, through any medium, regardless of frontiers”? 

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