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Week 37: What does ELECTION COVERAGE look like?

How the media covers elections has serious implications on the democratic process. If covered responsibly, the media can foster transparency, hold power to account, serve as effective forums for public debate, and facilitate political discourse. For public service media (PSM), an election can demonstrate their commitment to core PSM values such as impartiality, independence, pluralism, diversity, and access. Election coverage can look like SABC’s heightened focus on accuracy during elections and CBC/Radio-Canada’s provision of greater access to news during the recent 2021 federal elections. Across borders, PSM coverage should aim to make foreign elections more relevant and comprehensible to home audiences, such as DR’s coverage of Germany’s recent election. But stable funding and editorial independence are necessary if PSM are to cover elections responsibly, fairly, and to a high standard. In Ghana, GBC was forced to rely on its internally generated funds to cover the 2020 election while Poland’s state-captured public broadcaster TVP was heavily criticised for failing in “its duty to offer balanced and impartial coverage” of the country’s June 2020 presidential election.

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RNZ: Government plans to reshape public broadcasting have been going on behind closed doors – but the future role and scope of it have been aired in one forum: the review of RNZ’s Charter. In hearings that ended this week, commercial radio bosses urged MPs to rein in RNZ’s efforts to attract new audiences – and to scale back efforts to make public media ‘bigger.’

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ALGERIA: Loss of press freedom in Algeria – the figures speak for themselves

RSF: On the eve of the start of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni’s retrial, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the increase in attacks on the media and oppressive behaviour by the Algerian authorities during the past few months.

BURUNDI: Burundian journalist briefly detained while investigating blast

Arab News: Police on Friday briefly detained a journalist investigating a grenade attack in the commercial capital Bujumbura, his radio station said, after a series of explosions this week that killed at least five people.

DRC: Congolese authorities detain AFP correspondent Pierre Sosthène Kambidi without charge

CPJ: Congolese authorities should immediately release journalist Pierre Sosthène Kambidi and ensure the press across the country can work without fear or intimidation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

GAMBIA: Oppressive laws remain despite President’s promises

Amnesty International: Gambia Press Union recorded more than 15 assaults on media professionals in the past four years. 

GHANA: IDUAI 2021: Limited Knowledge, Awareness derail effective implementation of RTI law in Ghana


KENYA: CS Mucheru warns media houses defying broadcast rules (18 September)

KBC: Information Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has warned media houses defying rules and regulations on dissemination of information that their licenses will be withdrawn. 

LESOTHO: Thumbs up for Parliament Portfolio Committee on Information! (Statement)

MISA: MISA Lesotho has learned with contentment about recommendations of a parliament’s portfolio committee to dismiss the Computer Crime and Cybersecurity Bill of 2021, as well as the Communications Regulations of 2021  from the National Assembly.

NAMIBIA: NBC’s Omurari FM visits people with disabilities at Okamatapati (Watch)

NBC: NBC’s Omurari FM visited people with disabilities at Okamatapati in the Okakarara constituency to get their views on the radio station.

NIGERIA: Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Approaches National IT Agency For Help With Digitisation

Broadcast Media Africa: The National Broadcasting Commission has approached the National Information Technology Development Agency (NIDTA) and requested that the nation’s IT regulator intervene in the digitisation of its processes to change the Commission’s operation by incorporating modern digital technology equipment in monitoring media stations.

SENEGAL: ‘Objects, manipulators or temptresses’: How Senegal’s media fails women

Open Democracy: High-profile rape cases highlight the need for feminist media says the founder of Warkha TV, a media platform to promote and defend women’s rights. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Collaboration between the free state department of health and SABC to upscale vaccination

SABC: In an effort to upscale the vaccination drive in the province, the Free State Department of Health is collaborating with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and launching a drive through and walk-in vaccination site at the SABC Bloemfontein Office Park at the Corner of Kellner and Markgraff Street on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

SOUTH AFRICA: DStv warns against new TV licence plan for South Africa: report

Business Tech: DStv-owner MultiChoice has opposed proposed changes to TV licences in South Africa which would see it take a more active role in levy collections, News24 reports.

SOUTH AFRICA: Goodbye TV licence, hello ‘household levy’ – SABC wants ‘access fee’ from subscription services

News24: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has told the Department of Communications that the SABC bill approved by Cabinet earlier this year needed to “redefine” the television licence regime to put the public service broadcaster on a better footing when it comes to drawing revenue.

TOGO: ‘There is no private life’: Three Togolese journalists react to being selected for spyware surveillance


UGANDA: LDU pleads guilty to killing UBC journalist

Daily Monitor: A Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel, who was arrested five months ago on accusations of killing former Uganda Journalists Association president Robert Kagolo has confessed to the offence.

REGIONAL: Experts To Review Regulatory Policy Procedures For Content Streaming And Online Broadcasting In Africa – Online Forum (Event)

Broadcast Media Africa: Attempting to regulate broadcasting as one did in the past is incomprehensible, especially now with satellite and the internet providing local and international content globally. 

AFGHANISTAN: Draconian media rules set to further strangle media

IFJ: On September 19, the interim director of the so-called Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) announced 11 new media regulations for Afghanistan’s media industry, which can be arbitrarily interpreted to censor broadcast content and restrict press freedom. 

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban’s New Rules for Afghan Journalists Raise Fear

The Indian Express: Many Afghan journalists fled the country, fearing repression and violence from the new rulers, while dozens more have gone into hiding and are still seeking a way out of Afghanistan.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Journalists Association Stands Firm Amid Criticism

VOA News: For over 50 years the Hong Kong Journalists Association has promoted and protected media rights, but now the organization says it is under a “thunderstorm” of pressure.

INDIA: I&B Minister Anurag Thakur inaugurates high power transmitters at one of world’s highest radio stations in Kargil

News on AIR: Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur inaugurated high power transmitters at one of the highest Radio Stations in the world at Humbatingla in Kargil Ladakh, today. 

INDIA: India keeps going after journalists like me. As Modi visits the U.S., it’s time to hold him accountable. (Opinion)

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INDIA & AFGHANISTAN: Indian Women Journalists’ Group Organises Fundraiser for Afghan Counterparts

The Wire: The Network of Women in Media hopes to collect more with their fundraiser so that women journalists in Afghanistan have a way of responding to the crisis.

MALDIVES: Press freedom organisations call for the repeal of bill that threatens press freedom

IFJ: Five media rights and press freedom organisations have called for the repeal of an alarming provision within Article 136 of the Maldivian Evidence Bill that would compel journalists to reveal their sources. 

PAKISTAN: Journalists decry declining state of freedom of information in Pakistan (16 September)

Geo News: Several senior journalists of Pakistan expressed their concerns over the declining state of freedom of information in Pakistan and said that journalists are the main affectees of fake news.

PAKISTAN: Pak authorities detain veteran journalist amid protests over proposed media law

ANI: Pakistan law enforcement agencies on Wednesday detained veteran journalist Waris Raza from Karachi amid the ongoing tussle over the proposed media law, described by scribes as “unconstitutional”.

PHILIPPINES: Community media under dark cloud of uncertainty (Opinion)

The Manila Times

PHILIPPINES: Maria Ressa urges world leaders: ‘Act now’ vs infodemic threatening democracies

Rappler: ‘These platforms are not merely mirroring humanity; they’re making all of us our worst selves,’ Rappler CEO Maria Ressa says at the first global Ministerial Summit for Information and Democracy held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s foreign interference bill – legal monstrosity with totalitarian leanings

RSF: Behind specious wording and using national sovereignty as a cover, this bill gives the government a blank check to slap a “foreign agent” label on any media outlet it dislikes and to impose extremely harsh sentences simply for the intent to publish content. And, above all, it would allow the government to introduce a system of prior censorship without saying so openly.

SOUTH KOREA: Media workers’ groups urge parties to renounce vote on disputed media bill

The Korea Herald: Five groups of media workers urged political parties Sunday to renounce a possible parliamentary vote this week on a bill accused of hurting press freedom, stressing the need to form a consultative body to build social consensus on the issue. 

SOUTH KOREA: Rival parties to continue last-minute negotiations for 2nd day on controversial media bill

The Korea Herald: Rival parties will continue their negotiations Tuesday to find a negotiated solution to a controversial media bill under criticism for potentially undermining press freedom. 

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s plan to fight fake news could hobble real journalism (Paywall)

The Economist: The ruling party wants to make it easier for people to sue the media for “emotional distress”.

THAILAND: Authorities reverse restrictions on reporters covering anti-government protests

IFJ: Following pressure from journalist unions, Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police have conceded that the extended list of requirements for media workers covering anti-government protests in Bangkok was a “misunderstanding”. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) applauds the unions’ proactive defence of media access, with the result an encouraging step in maintaining Thailand’s press freedom.

REGIONAL: Big Brother-style internet controls expand in Central Asia

Nikkei Asia: New Kazakh and Kyrgyz laws raise fears for press and personal freedom.

REGIONAL: Pakistan: PFUJ stands in solidarity with women journalists in Afghanistan and Indian Held Kashmir

IFJ: With the Taliban taking over, the women journalists of Afghanistan have been put under extreme pressure and even threatened. Things have turned hostile for a large number of women journalists, causing a lot of fear and anxiety among them. Many were able to get out of the country but there are still many women journalists left behind.

AUSTRALIA: Facebook wraps up deals with Australian media firms, TV broadcaster SBS excluded

Reuters: Facebook Inc (FB.O) has told Australian publishers it has stopped negotiating licensing deals, an email to the industry seen by Reuters showed, a move which came just six months after the passing of a law designed to make tech giants pay for news content.

AUSTRALIA: Journalists and news crew targeted by Melbourne protesters and police

IFJ: Journalists and news crews were targeted by protestors and police during a series of protests in Melbourne on September 21. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Australian affiliate the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) condemn the aggressive and intimidatory harassment against media workers.

AUSTRALIA: Protesters & reporters (Watch)

ABC Media Watch: Mainstream reporters abused by Melbourne protesters while independent journalists are celebrated.

AUSTRALIA: Six emerging screen creatives announced for 2021 Emerging Writers’ Incubator initiative (Press release)

SBS: Six screenwriting creatives from across Australia have been selected as the inaugural participants in the Emerging Writers’ Incubator, an initiative from SBS…

FIJI: The Fiji Times: The role of the media – holding power to account (Editorial)

Via Asia Pacific Report: Fiji’s Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs Selai Adimaitoga said quite a lot on Friday in her end of week statement on the Media Industry Development Act 2010 in Parliament.

NEW ZEALAND: Commercial radio urges MPs to rein in RNZ (Listen)

RNZ: Government plans to reshape public broadcasting have been going on behind closed doors – but the future role and scope of it have been aired in one forum: the review of RNZ’s Charter. In hearings that ended this week, commercial radio bosses urged MPs to rein in RNZ’s efforts to attract new audiences – and to scale back efforts to make public media ‘bigger.’ 

NEW ZEALAND: Pasifika Futures and Pacific Media Network to launch online mental health segment – Ngalu Fānifo

NZ Doctor: This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and given the pressures created by this current Covid-19 Delta outbreak, it is timely that the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) through Pasifika Futures (PFL) will partner with the Pacific Media Network (PMN) to launch a dedicated weekly mental health segment to address mental health concerns from the Pacific community.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ connects with more New Zealanders with strong online growth (Press release)

RNZ: Fresh figures show that RNZ continues to attract new audiences, thriving as a multi-platform media organisation. The overall audience growth in recent months has been driven by trusted quality journalism, particularly on RNZ.co.nz. Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief Paul Thompson says RNZ’s role as a trusted news source and the emphasis on content sharing and delivering stories across digital platforms and radio have connected our unique commercial-free services with more people.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ pushes back against concerns it’s moving in on commercial territory

Stuff: RNZ has pushed back against concerns from commercial radio station owners that it is targeting their audiences at the expense of its public media mandate.

REGIONAL: Pacific National Radio Trust welcomes public funding boost for Pasifika journalism

Asia Pacific Report: National Pacific Radio Trust has won a year’s funding from NZ On Air’s Public Interest Journalism Fund to enhance its reporting of Pacific news stories.

AUSTRIA: Fees also planned for ORF streaming (German)

Horizont: The government wants to link the streaming of ORF offers to the GIS registration requirement and bring ORF more income from fees.

CROATIA: Croatia: Wave of abusive legal actions against Index.hr

IPI: Barrage of lawsuits underlines need for EU anti-SLAPP legislation to filter out abusive cases.

CZECH REPUBLIC: The new podcast series Background ČT24: Generace will take you through the stages of Czech journalism (Czech)

Česká televize: Some of them have been working in the media for decades, others have only recently started the profession. But they have one thing in common, they want to inform. 

DENMARK: 70 years of Danish TV: The Danish birth of television took almost two decades (Danish)

DR: On 2 October, it is exactly 70 years since DR – then the State Radio – opened the country’s first TV channel. The preparations had been many and long, and they started long before World War II.

ESTONIA: ERR and telecoms no closer to agreement on television broadcasting fees

ERR: Even though Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) contracts with cable/digital television operators expired back on July 1, contracts with Elisa and Telia have not been renewed. Negotiations continue, while ERR finds the price offered by telecoms unacceptable and vice versa.

ESTONIA: ERR’s approach to local elections campaign coverage

ERR: Estonia goes to the polls on October 17, with television, radio and online coverage of the local elections at public broadcaster ERR already geared up for the event and pre-election debates already starting. 

FINLAND: Yle an important source of information for young people in municipal elections – we again found out the significance of the election content for Finns (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: Yle’s election content was a significant source of information, especially for young people in the summer 2021 municipal elections. 61 per cent of Finns aged 18–29 say that they searched Yle for content about the elections. 

FRANCE: A new offer for students (Press release – French)

France TV: Birth of a new offer dedicated to all students, from September 27, on Lumni.fr.

GEORGIA: RSF calls for rapid results from enquiry after journalists spied on in Georgia

RSF: At least five journalists have confirmed being among the targets of allegedly widespread illegal spying on members of Georgian society that has been exposed by a leak. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the investigation into this surveillance must be transparent and must produce rapid results.

GERMANY: ARD media association makes diversity a common task (Press release – German)

ARD: The ARD has set itself the goal of becoming more diverse in the program and in the channels themselves. To this end, the broadcasting network is taking a further organizational step and making the promotion of diversity a joint task. 

GERMANY: Fact check: German TV channel’s election rehearsal goes awry — and is used as bait

Deutsche Welle: TV viewers in Germany watching a popular quiz show were left flummoxed when a news ticker appeared to show the projected results of the German election two days before polls opened. Far-right leaders seized the moment.

GERMANY: TV usage time drops to less than 2 hours a day (German)

Horizont: German viewers are using more and more different moving image offers. Especially paid streaming services and media libraries are enjoying increasing popularity, while the viewing time of classic television is decreasing.

ITALY: Italy launches national hub to fight disinformation

Euractiv: Italy launched its national hub to fight disinformation – the Italian Digital Media Observatory – at the University LUISS of Rome on Monday (20 September) as part of a European network of eight national hubs.

ITALY: RAI plans October move to terrestrial MPEG-4

Advanced Television: The Italian public broadcaster will make the change to its terrestrial network on October 20, a week later than initially planned, though its most popular channels Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3 and Rai 4 will remain with MPEG-2 for the time being.

MALTA: PN sets up legal team to address PBS imbalance

Newsbook: The Nationalist Party has set up a legal team to explore possible legal action to address the lopsidedness of the public broadcaster, PBS.

POLAND: EU says risk to media freedom in Poland persists despite TVN move

Reuters: The European Union’s executive said on Thursday that risks to media freedom in Poland persisted despite a decision by the Polish regulator to extend a broadcasting licence for TVN24, aU.S. Discovery-owned news channel critical of Warsaw.

POLAND: Polish Regulators Renew License for Discovery-Owned Channel

VOA News: Poland’s broadcasting regulators extended the license of Discovery Inc.-owned TVN24 at the last moment Wednesday but also adopted a resolution to pressure the American company to sell its majority stake in the TV news channel, which airs coverage that is critical of Poland’s government.

RUSSIA: Russia: Google and Apple must fight election-related censorship

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 is seriously concerned about online censorship prior to the parliamentary elections in Russia, which took place between 17 and 19 September.

SLOVAKIA: MEPs welcome steps taken to address Slovak media freedom challenges

The Parliament Magazine: European Parliament LIBE delegation ‘encouraged’ by progress made in investigation of murdered Slovakian Journalist Ján Kuciak.

SPAIN: RTVE’s debt reached 364 million euros at the end of June 2021 (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The debt supported by the RTVE Corporation amounted to a total of 363.8 million euros at the end of June 2021, as reported by the president of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero.

SWEDEN: Now P4’s reporting on the collection for Children of the World starts (Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: During the week, P4 will tell about children’s situation in the world and how anyone who wants can help. The 25 P4 channels will make an impact in the country where enthusiasts collect money for children’s health, schooling and security. P4 Extra with Titti Schultz and Lasse Persson invites listeners on an unusual trip to Sweden.

UK: ‘A brilliant role model’: CBeebies hires first presenter with Down’s syndrome (Watch)

The Guardian: 20-year-old actor George Webster says he is ‘so proud’ to be joining the BBC channel, having previously made a video on the misconceptions around the genetic condition.

UK: BBC director general welcomes proposals for ‘distinctly British’ content

The Guardian: Tim Davie says promotion of British talent could counterbalance the ‘globalised algorithmic’ commissioning of TV.

UK: Channel 5 extends evening news

Advanced Television: Channel 5 will launch an extended, early-evening weekday news bulletin this autumn.

UK: Lessons learnt from Channel 4’s Black To Front initiative: an interview with Ayshah Tull

Media Diversity Institute: “This should be a wakeup call that you need to look at the structure of your organisations and make sure diverse voices are really being heard.” 

UK: Plans for more distinctly ‘British’ TV could threaten the industry’s potential for diverse brilliance (Opinion)

The Conversation: What makes a TV show British?

UK: The Guardian view on the government and the BBC: an endless war of attrition (Editorial)

The Guardian: Orchestrated hostility from the right is undermining public service broadcasting when it has never been more vital.

REGIONAL: How the European Commission can improve the credibility, inclusiveness and impact of the Rule of Law Report

IFEX: Civil society recommendations to the Commission stress the need for a) a more inclusive and transparent methodology for the meaningful participation of non-governmental stakeholders, b) a review of the report methodology to consider all rule of law issues, and c) ways to strengthen the potential of the reports’ impact.

REGIONAL: Media freedom and pluralism: Launch of the media ownership monitoring project

eureporter: On 27 September, the Commission launched the EU-funded Euromedia Ownership Monitor. The monitor, coordinated by the Paris Lodron Universitat Salzburg, will provide a country-based database containing information on media ownership, as well as systematically assess relevant legal frameworks and identify possible risks to media ownership transparency. 

REGIONAL: Trust in Media Telework Webinar: Challenges, opportunities and the way forward

EFJ: On 22 and 23 September, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) hosted a two-day webinar on “Trust in media: Telework during and after the Covid-19 pandemic”. Distinguished speakers explored the challenges, opportunities and future of work in the journalism sector. 

ARGENTINA: Strong repudiation by politicians, businessmen and journalists to the “threat” of Mario Ishii (Spanish)

Perfil: Politicians from opposition parties, businessmen and journalists repudiated on Wednesday, September 23, the statements of the mayor of José C. Paz, Mario Ishii , who issued a harsh warning against the media during an act.

EL SALVADOR: IAPA Concerned about Pressure on Official Sources in El Salvador

IAPA: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern about the reprisals that a high official of the government of El Salvador would take against two journalists for using anonymous official sources in a report.

GUYANA: Ali assures he will meet broadcasters (11 September)

Stabroek News: President Irfaan Ali has assured that he will deliver on his promise and soon engage broadcasters on their request for “relief” in broadcast licence fees due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEXICO: Are the newscasts of the public media plural? (Analysis – Spanish)

El Sol de México

MEXICO: Public media in Mexico: state or government in turn? (Opinion – Spanish)

Etcétera: A little revised topic is that which has to do with the behavior, specifically in the information field, of the public media in Mexico. Although they have a legal framework that directs their activities, in the current six-year term there have been some situations that make us wonder if we really talk about state media or simple government spokespeople in turn.

PERU: Peru’s opposition rejects Peru Libre’s bill to control and censor media content (Paywall)

The Rio Times: The parliamentary group of the opposition party Avanza País has stated that it “will not support any bill that seeks to censor or control media,” rejecting Perú Libre’s proposal to control media content in “emergencies.” 

URUGUAY: Rise in criminal trials of journalists threatens freedom of expression (Spanish)

CAinfo: The Center for Archives and Access to Public Information (CAinfo) expresses concern about a series of lawsuits against journalists filed in recent weeks, which violate freedom of expression and the free flow of information. 

REGIONAL: Pandemic allowed experimentation with audience-generated content in Latin American media, study says (17 September)

LatAm Review: News outlets that have the public as their main source of revenue, through subscriptions, membership, and other programs, are more inclined to integrate the voice of the audience into their editorial decisions. That’s according to a study published in Brazilian Journalism Research, which analyzed 80 media from 20 countries in Latin America regarding the incidence of content generated by the audience.

SYRIA: Syrian journalists fear for their lives despite the end of the siege of Daraa al-Balad

CPJ: On September 9, the Syrian Army and its allies lifted their two-and-a half-month siege of the district of Daraa al-Balad in southern Syria under a Russian-brokered ceasefire with local rebels. 

TURKEY: 3 Turkish newspapers targeted in defamation case for reporting on parliamentary question

SCF: Three Turkish dailies were targeted in a civil lawsuit for reporting on a parliamentary question about claims that a company partly owned by the spouse and the son of the deputy health minister was awarded numerous public tenders by the ministry, the Bianet news website reported. 

TURKEY: Internet Freedom Continues to Decline in Turkey: Report

Balkan Insight: A new report by watchdog Freedom House says that online freedom of expression is under unprecedented strain around the world, while the online environment in Turkey is being subjected to increasing government control.

REGIONAL: US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan must advocate for press freedom in meetings with Saudi Arabia and UAE (Callout)

CPJ: U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan should advocate for an end to press freedom violations in Yemen and throughout the Persian Gulf region as he meets with leaders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


CBC: CBC sets a new record for the public broadcaster’s highest single-day digital reach ever, with 9.4 million unique visitors spending 2 million hours on CBC digital properties on Sept. 20.

CANADA: Curio: a user experience more personalized and modern than ever (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Have you heard about Curio? It’s a platform for teaching professionals offering a wide range of video and audio content from the CBC/Radio-Canada inventory. Thousands of schools, school districts, universities, colleges, CEGEPS, public libraries and other institutions across Canada subscribe to Curio.

CANADA: MAKE YOUR BALADO – Release of new podcasts and new opportunity for 2021 (Opportunity – French)

Radio-Canada: After the success of the first edition and the exceptional quality of the projects received, Radio-Canada OHdio is pleased to announce a second edition of FAIS TON BALADO.

CANADA: Statement: Recent online harassment of journalists (Statement)

CBC/Radio-Canada: We at CBC/Radio-Canada add our voice in support of all journalists who are subject to online harassment and worse, because of the work that they do.

US: Comings and goings: Sara DeWitt to lead children’s media at PBS, network elects board members… (Paywall)


US: Member stations teamed up to maintain service through Hurricane Ida

NPR: Hurricane Ida left NPR Member stations in its path with power outages, dwindling fuel supplies, and staff members scrambling to find safe places to stay. We heard from stations as they worked to keep listeners safe and informed.

US: NPR budgets for improved financial outlook in new fiscal year (Paywall)

Current: NPR’s board of directors approved a budget Sept. 14 that anticipates breaking even in the upcoming fiscal year following two years of deficits.

US: Skeptics or cynics? Age determines how Americans view the news media

Knight Foundation: A new analysis of Gallup/Knight Foundation survey data reveals that age is an important differentiator in understanding the complexities of Americans’ trust in and perceptions of the news media.

US: Station Leaders Elected to Serve on PBS’S Board of Directors (Press release)

PBS: Today, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced the results of the recent PBS Board elections, in which five individuals were selected to serve three-year terms as Professional Directors on the PBS Board.

US: Stations look to increase retention as trends for new donors cause concern

Current: As some public radio stations are finding success with donor acquisition, two recent studies show signs of sluggish membership growth across the system as a whole.

How Journalism Moves Forward in an Age of Disinformation and Distrust (Opinion)

Nieman Reports

NEW REPORT: Global Battle over Internet Regulation Has Major Implications for Human Rights

Freedom House: Freedom on the Net 2021 finds that while some democratic governments have made good-faith attempts to regulate the technology industry, state intervention in the digital sphere worldwide has contributed to the 11th consecutive year of global decline in internet freedom.

Our podcast: How journalists can better cover the climate crisis (Listen)

RISJ: In this episode Wolfgang Blau and Meera Selva speak about the challenges to reporting on climate change

Power to the people: What journalists can learn from community organizers

Medium: Organizers are trusted by their communities in a way that most journalists would envy. But organizing doesn’t immediately come to mind as part of a journalist’s job description—it might seem more like activism than reporting. It doesn’t have to be.

Publishers hope fact-checking can become a revenue stream. Right now, it’s mostly Big Tech who is buying.

Nieman Lab: Facebook alone works with 80 different fact-checking organizations worldwide.

Should you trust media bias charts?

Poynter: These controversial charts claim to show the political lean and credibility of news organizations. Here’s what you need to know about them.

The Missing Link To The Media’s Diversity And Inclusivity Problem And How To Use It For Change

Forbes: When Meghan Markle called out the British press for being racist in her interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, large numbers of journalists spoke out for the first time about the bigotry going on behind the scenes, too. 

What Social Media Needs to Learn From Traditional Media (Opinion)

Wired: Government regulation will never fix everything wrong with online discourse. The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did. 

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