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ALGERIA: China launches Algeria’s first communications satellite

Rapid TV News: The Chinese-built satellite will provide broadcasting, broadband, remote education and emergency communications services across the North African country.

EGYPT: Sinai, Sisi and the media

Aljazeera: In the wake of the Sinai attack, we look at President el-Sisi’s tight grip on Egypt’s media narrative.

GHANA: Voice Without Accountability

CIMA: Is the media really free if its work doesn’t yield accountability? Can democracy survive a blatant lack of accountability? Exploring press freedom and media development efforts in Ghana.

ETHIOPIA: Does KANA TV signal more media freedom?


MOZAMBIQUE: Threats to Press Freedom in Nampula

Via All Africa: The Nampula provincial nucleus of the Mozambican chapter of the regional press freedom body MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) has protested against the seizure of equipment from one journalist, and death threats against another last week in this northern province.

NAMIBIA: NBC collects N$22m in licence fees

The Namibian: The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has collected about N$22 million in TV licence fees from viewers so far during the ‘Pay your TV licence’ campaign, the national broadcaster announced.

RWANDA: Decriminalising defamation is in national interest (Opinion)

The New Times: As has been reported in the media, parliament is currently studying the revised penal code and one of the most contentious issues is whether defamation should be decriminalised.

SOUTH AFRICA: Media houses may be hit hard by new ECA bill

The Media Online: The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill (ECA Bill) will completely change the system of mobile infrastructure in South Africa, gifting government a more prominent role.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mobile app amplifies community voices in South Africa


SOUTH AFRICA: SABC strike threatens ANC elective conference coverage

Mail & Guardian: The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are planning a protected strike that could threaten the coverage of the ANC elective conference.

SUDAN: Sudan targets newspapers, journalists with confiscations and draconian legislation

CPJ: Over the past nine days, agents from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) have confiscated all copies of four opposition newspapers Al-Tayar, Al-Watan, Al-Jarida, and Akhir Lahza from the printers, according to news reports and a statement from the independent, Khartoum-based Sudanese Journalists Network.

TANZANIA: Govt Warns Multiplex Operators Over Free Channels

Tanzania Daily News (via All Africa): Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Eng Atashasta Nditiye has directed all multiplex operators to offer five free to air television stations or face the wrath of the law.

UGANDA: Top Radio/TV Bans Opposition Politicians From Its Shows

The Observer (via All Africa): Owing to state pressure, the management of Top Radio and Top TV has banned opposition politicians and other voices critical of government from all its shows and programs.

ZAMBIA: Opposition MPs pour scorn on ZNBC programming

The Zambian Observer: Some Opposition members of parliament have expressed mixed reactions over proposals to amend the ZNBC and the IBA Acts.

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh’s defamation law is ‘avenue to misuse power,’ local journalists say

CPJ: It started with a Facebook post about a goat and ended in a day in jail for Bangladeshi journalist Abdul Latif Morol, when a fellow journalist filed a defamation complaint against him.

BRUNEI: Stories about media in tiny Brunei don’t make the news. That’s why you should read about what The Scoop is trying to achieve.

The Splice Newsroom: Staffers from the defunct Brunei Times, burned by censorship at the paper, say they’ve found a better way of reporting the news in the sultanate.

CHINA: Bringing Data Journalism to China

GIJN: At the end of 2013, after Chinese newsrooms got a tip that Zhou Yongkang, the former head of China’s security services, was being investigated for abuse of power and corruption, journalists began preparing investigative stories on Zhou. Storybench spoke with Huang about doing data journalism in China and about his perspective on data accessibility in China.

CHINA: Chinese influence on Australia is ‘fabricated’ by media, China claims

The Guardian: Statements show China sees itself as being the target of new laws to crack down on foreign interference

CHINA: Press Freedom in China Bulletin: DECEMBER


INDIA: The growing tide of fake news in India

Aljazeera: The phenomenon of fake news poses a big challenge to India’s democracy.

INDIA: India imposes restrictions on condom ads on television

Reuters:  India imposed restrictions on Monday on advertising condoms on television, saying ads would only be allowed late at night as they could be inappropriate viewing for children.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati to focus on transitioning to digital terrestrial signals

The Hindu Business Line: As part of the transition to a digital network, Prasar Bharati is looking at phasing out analogue terrestrial signals in 19 cities by this month-end. The public broadcaster has also identified 44 additional cities where it will look at building digital infrastructure by installing digital transmitters.

INDONESIA: The Dark Side of Social Media in Indonesia (Report)

NHK World: The ability of social media to ignite hatred and prejudice with false or distorted reports has made headlines across the world. In the first report of a 2-part series on problems it’s causing in Southeast Asia, we look at Indonesia, where such reports have spread like wildfire on social media.

JAPAN: Japan’s top court finds paying NHK public broadcast fee “legal obligation”

Nikkei Asian Review: The Supreme Court said Wednesday television owners in Japan are legally required to sign up with public broadcaster NHK and pay a subscription fee, dismissing a claim that the fee-charging system violates the freedom of contract guaranteed by the Constitution.

JAPAN: Top court decision on NHK fees raises questions over broadcaster’s relevance in the internet age

Japan Times: The Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday legally requiring television owners to pay for a subscription to NHK is raising new questions about the role and relevance of the public broadcaster, at a time when young people are increasingly watching shows on the internet rather than on television sets.

MALAYSIA: Media groups demand grounds for probe on news portal

Malay Mail Online: Press freedom groups urged the government today to state the exact provisions of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) investigation against a news portal.

MALAYSIA: SEA’s first internet radio station to be in Malaysia

The Star (Malaysia): Malaysia will be home to the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab and the region’s first entrepreneurship internet radio station.

MYANMAR: Myanmar media development conference to focus on safety

International Media Support: ‘Defending Journalism’, a new global study by International Media Support analyses the efforts to safeguard journalists in seven countries where environments of conflict and instability challenge the ability of journalists to produce good, in-depth journalism. The study will be launched at this year’s Media Development Conference in Yangon.

MYANMAR: Myanmar’s media development has stalled (Opinion)

Bangkok Post: The atmosphere surrounding the development of liberal media in Myanmar, which began in earnest and has been carefully nurtured since 2012, is in a serious state of amnesia.

PAKISTAN: Freedom of expression must be protected in Pakistan: HRCP

The Nation: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is worried by the rapidly eroding space for freedom of expression in the country.

PHILIPPINES: What Happens When the Government Uses Facebook as a Weapon?

Bloomberg: It’s social media in the age of “patriotic trolling” in the Philippines, where the government is waging a campaign to destroy a critic—with a little help from Facebook itself.

SOUTH KOREA: Has the Google of South Korea Found a Way to Save Struggling News Outlets?

CityLab: The nation’s dominant search engine has a model for benefiting local publications—but many are worried about its implications.

SOUTH KOREA: Seoul court rejects request to reinstate MBC chief

Rapid TV News: An injunction request to overturn the decision to fire former MBC chief Kim Jang-kyom by the board of the South Korean public broadcaster has been rejected by a court in Seoul.

SOUTH KOREA: Striking producer elevated to Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation president

Rapid Tv News: Current affairs producer Choi Seung-ho has become president of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), declaring his 2012 dismissal from South Korea’s public broadcaster null and void – along with those of former colleagues.

THAILAND: Battling Fake News in Thailand

NHK World:  In Thailand, as social media become more popular, false information is spreading. But there are efforts to fight back.

THAILAND: The effects of digitalisation

Bangkok Post: The trend will affect banking, investment, telecom, broadcasting, e-commerce, logistics and tourism.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Brisbane Radio and regional programming is to undergo a major change for 2018

The Courier Mail: ABC Brisbane Radio has announced a massive shake-up to its 2018 programming schedule.

AUSTRALIA: China accuses Australian media of racism and paranoia

DW: Beijing’s harsh words come after Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged “disturbing reports about Chinese influence.” Canberra has said it may pass laws to curb future interference.

AUSTRALIA: Demand for digital connectivity at all-time high

Advanced Television: Australians’ demand for online content and services continues to climb unabated, reshaping the communications industry in new ways.

NEW ZEALAND: Does China hold sway over media here?

RNZ: Law changes to limit foreign influence on business and politics in Australia prompted calls for similar moves here this week. One of those sounding the alarm tells Mediawatch our government now needs to look at links between China and parts of our media. What’s the problem?  

NEW ZEALAND: ‘The conversation still goes on’

RNZ: It’s been 45 years since Rawiri Paratene delivered a petition to Parliament aimed at saving te reo Māori.

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation (Opinion)

Scoop: How has the possibility of mega media mergers eventuated and why this has attracted minimal public attention?

TONGA: Tonga’s TBC goes 24 hours

RNZ: Tonga’s beleaguered state broadcaster has begun regular 24 hour operations for the first time.

ALBANIA: Independent journalism in Albania: how to deal with censorship?

Le Courrier des Balkans via OBC: Insecurity, political and economic pressures: Albanian journalists constantly report on press freedom deterioration

AUSTRIA: How Austria’s Tabloids Helped the Far-Right Win the Election

EJO: Austria’s press, and the tabloids in particular, played a key role in the country’s move to the right.

BULGARIA: Politicians openly attack journalists

Le Courrier des Balkans via OBC: A member of GERB party threatened a journalist, and his career was over. But this is not how it works in Bulgaria, an EU country with no freedom of expression, according to the ranking of Reporters Without Borders.

CROATIA: Croatian TV Launching Special Channel for Diaspora

Total Croatia News: In January 2018, Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) will launch a television channel for Croats living outside of Croatia and other international viewers.

CZECH REPUBLIC: The Explainable Rise of Czech Fake News

Coda Story: Political divisions have helped a Czech far-right politician with a penchant for fake news gain national power

FRANCE: Public broadcasting: licence fee for all? (French)

France Info: To make everyone pay the public media contribution fee, even those who do not have a television: this is the proposal of the authors of a report to the Senate.

IRELAND: In Ireland, lawmakers are trying to criminalize sharing fake news

Poynter: If you use a Twitter bot or share fake news in Ireland, go directly to jail, do not pass go and possibly pay €10,000. That’s the spirit of a bill Irish lawmakers proposed this week.

ITALY: Children’s channels viewership up 21%

Advanced Television: Over the last five years, the audience of children’s channels in Italy has grown by 21 per cent, going from 537,000 viewers on an average day in 2012 to almost 649,000 in 2016.

ITALY: Pier Silvio Berlusconi: “RAI needs a limit for advertising”. The reply from the headquarters in viale Mazzini: “There is a limit already, this is an instrumental request” (Italian)

Huffington Post: The vice president of Mediaset relaunches generalist tv: “It will never die”

ITALY: Rai, here are the new rules against harassment in the workplace (Italian)

FNSI: On the proposal of Cpo Usigrai and Rai, the public broadcaster adopted more stringent rules of conduct. They go alongside the code of ethics and indicate precisely what the harassing behavior is.

MACEDONIA: SSNM and AJM: Law on redundancy will include journalists from local radio stations

Safety Journalists: The Independent Trade Union of Journalists (SSNM) and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), are greeting the fact that latest amendments to the Law on redundancy includes journalists from closed local public radio stations that received the status of redundant workers and thus the right to monthly compensation until their retirement.

MALTA: Lawyers: Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation in flagrant breach of ECHR requirements

Index on Censorship: Doughty Street Chambers has surfaced concerns about the investigation being carried out by Maltese authorities into the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist, writer and anti-corruption activist murdered on 16 October when her car exploded.

MONTENEGRO: When investigative journalism ends up behind bars

Index on Censorship: In Montenegro – a NATO member country and EU candidate – attacks against the press are numerous and a journalist may be imprisoned for his investigative work.

POLAND: Media Start-Ups: Journalists Become Entrepreneurs to Save Quality Journalism

EJO: Fact-checkers, investigative reporters and foreign correspondents are essential to quality journalism, yet these roles are increasingly being cut by Poland’s mainstream media organisations for financial reasons. To redress the balance, and to counter the growing politicisation of the country’s press, many Polish journalists have set up their own, independent media initiatives.

POLAND: Polish broadcaster fine sparks press attack claim

The Financial Times: Media regulator clamps down on TV channel for coverage of political spat.

ROMANIA: Romanian TV ad market growth continues

Broadband TV News: TV ad spend in Romania is expected to grow by 12% this year, according to the media agency Initiative.

RUSSIA: Russia bans ‘foreign agent’ journalists from entering national parliament building

ABC News: The Russian Parliament in Moscow has voted to bar journalists with media outlets labelled as foreign agents from entering its premises.

SPAIN: Catalan public media did not broadcast the event in Brussels, fearing reprisals from Madrid (French)

RTBF: Catalan public television and radio do not talk much about the Catalan protest organized in Brussels on Thursday , fearing sanctions from Madrid, reports Catalan media El Nacional and VillaWeb. TV3, the Catalan public channel, confirms.

SPAIN: Catalonia’s media drop impartiality for independence (Opinion)

The Guardian: The starkly divergent news agendas promoted in Madrid and Barcelona expose the crisis that state-funded journalism can face when the political stakes rise.

SPAIN: Parental control sees low uptake in Spain

Rapid TV News: Less than a fifth of Spanish homes with children use any parental control tools before the kids watch video content, despite being aware of the available tools.

SPAIN: À Punt radio enters the homes of Valencians after four years (Spanish)

El Mundo: À Punt radio starts its broadcasts with 28 hours per week, 10 programs and music.

SPAIN: The PP says that the Generalitat Valenciana wants to “indoctrinate” through the new public broadcaster (Spanish)

El Diario: For the PP À Punt radio, which started broadcasting on Monday, “was born as a means of public communication made to the measure of Compromíse”

SPAIN: The Union of Journalists rejects the proposal to eliminate anonymity in social networks (Spanish)

InfoLibre: The Federation of Journalists’ Unions says that this initiative would be a “serious attack on the constitutional and human right to freedom of expression and information of citizens”.

SWEDEN: Proposed new law could see Swedish media prosecuted for espionage

The Local: Swedish media outlets who uncover news which damages Sweden’s relations abroad could be charged with spying, if a controversial law gets the go-ahead.

SWITZERLAND: Swiss urge voters to keep fee for public broadcasters

Reuters: The Swiss government urged voters on Monday to keep the annual license fee that finances public broadcasters, saying taxpayer money played a crucial role in supporting cultural diversity and political discourse in the media.

UK: BBC in danger of failing to provide ‘value for money’ over audience research

TVB Europe: National Audit Office delivers warning following delays on two major projects.

UK: BBC journalists return to school to tackle ‘fake news’

BBC: The BBC is to launch a new programme supporting young people to identify real news and filter out fake or false information.

UK: BBC launches voice control for smart speakers

Broadband TV News: The BBC has launched its first voice service for smart speakers.

UK: BBC reaches 98% DAB coverage with new transmitter

Digital TV Europe: The BBC has upped its DAB (digital audio broadcasting) radio coverage to nearly 98% of UK homes with the launch of a new national transmitter.

UK: Silicon Valley has remade our children’s world – but they need British culture too (Opinion)

The Guardian: Instead of restricting young people’s activity online, we need to focus on equipping them with the right tools.

REGIONAL: Video is everywhere

NORDICOM: Web-TV, YouTube channels and plenty of moving images on social media: the use of online video has grown explosively in recent years. The autumn issue of the journal Nordicom Information deals with different dimensions of video usage. ​

ARGENTINA: The adjustment in the public media advances: Lombardi accelerates early retirements (Spanish)

Política Argentina: More than 500 workers will be affected by an anticipated and de facto retirement plan. For this, Hernán Lombardi hired a specialized consultant and Sipreba is on alert, with assemblies in each media.

BRAZIL: Brazilian journalists report daily sexual harassment and gender discrimination in newsrooms

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The scenario found by the researchers shows a newsroom environment in which sexist practices are naturalized, according to coordinator of the report and co-founder of Gênero e Número, Natália Mazotte.

BRAZIL: Brazilian reporters create profitable news site, JOTA, specializing in judicial issues

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Can a rapidly growing digital media outlet, which focuses exclusively on judicial matters and which charges for information, succeed and become sustainable in the current media environment? The founders of Brazilian site JOTA – named for the J in Justice – are proving that yes, all this is possible.

CARIBBEAN: New social media guidelines for Caribbean journalists

Jamaica Observer: The PMA, which is the largest global association of public service broadcasters, launched the “Social Media guidelines” in collaboration with the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office.

MEXICO: More forced displacement of journalists seen in Mexico

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has alerted the UN and OAS special rapporteurs for freedom of expression to the increasingly alarming problem of Mexican journalists being driven into internal exile by death threats – a problem with disastrous consequences for media freedom in both short and long term.

MEXICO: UN and IACHR rapporteurs charge Mexican government with providing effective protection for country’s journalists

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In Mexico, journalists live under the terror of violence and although the government has created mechanisms to protect these professionals, impunity and insecurity continue in the country.

GENERAL: The Americas: Another month in the trenches

Ifex: The situation in the Americas remains bleak, with attacks and threats originating from criminal organisations adding to similar actions perpetrated by governments.

ISRAEL: Pebble Beach Systems Marina Chosen for New Israeli Public Broadcaster

Broadcasting Cable: Marina controls playout for six transmission chains at re-equipped facility.

IRAN: Iranian media workers warn of ‘death of independent journalism’

Al-Monitor: As the Rouhani administration moves to change media laws, it faces a wave of accusations that it seeks to end independent journalism.

PALESTINE: IFJ condemns Israeli forces’ attacks on journalists

IFJ: Palestinian and international journalists were attacked and prevented from working while trying to cover protests and demonstrations against yesterday’s decision by the US government to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

TURKEY: EU should push Turkey to reform the judiciary and the rule of law

EFJ: Turkey: How the EU Can Support Press Freedom ? was the subject of discussion at the European Parliament on 6 December 2017, where three journalists from Turkey spoke about press freedom in the country and how the European Union can help to tackle the situation.

TURKEY: Has Turkey’s press freedom affected foreign investors?

IPI: #DirectDamage: how pressure on media impacts the rest of society.

TURKEY: Panel urges EU to provide more support for independent media in Turkey

IPI: The European Union should end a “futile” and “adversarial” debate on Turkey and instead focus on creating dialogue and providing financial support for independent journalists and civil society in the country.

TURKEY: The ‘pursuit’ of information in today’s Turkey

IPI: Direct Damage: how pressure on media impacts the rest of society.

YEMEN: Houthis limit social media access in Yemen

Al Arabiya: Social media users in Yemen have confirmed that the internet network and services, specifically Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Whatsapp are unavailable, and that the only way to access them is through a VPN which is used to hack and remove the blockage.

YEMEN: Media battles, narrative divides (Audio)

Al Jazeera: How the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh put the media spotlight on Yemen. Plus, a wave of political talk shows in Spain.

YEMEN: Yemeni TV guards injured, others taken hostage by Houthi forces

CPJ: Gunmen from the Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, on December 2 stormed the Sanaa headquarters of the television channel Yemen Today and detained the channel’s employees, according to news reports.

GENERAL: MENA: Unapologetic crackdowns on dissent

Ifex: As the saga of Saudi’s hunted elites commanded attention across the Middle East and North Africa this November, news of the region’s less powerful prey fell by the wayside. Authorities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Libya, Morocco, and Egypt went after protesters, journalists, and human rights defenders critical of their regimes.

CANADA: CBC, media producers, actors call for internet and Netflix tax — again

Financial Post: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, media producers and actors are once more calling for a tax on internet service providers and online streaming services like Netflix Inc. to fund Canadian content despite the Liberals’ insistence the federal government will do no such thing.

CANADA: The changing landscape of local news media and what lies ahead

CBC News: Kamloops, B.C. reporter leaves news because he’s worried about the future of local media.

CANADA: Journalists for Human Rights launches Indigenous Style Guide

Journalists for Human Rights (via Cision): The guide was developed to address gaps in the ways Canadian media describes and references Indigenous people in stories and reports.

CANADA: Thank you Canada! CBC/Radio-Canada doubles its digital reach two and a half years early Français

CBC via Cision: Canadians love their public broadcaster. Thanks to them, CBC/Radio-Canada doubled its digital reach two and a half years ahead of schedule.

US: After funding cuts, WVPB plans to close TV studio

Current: West Virginia Public Broadcasting will close a television studio and master control facility in Beaver, the station said Wednesday.

US: F is for future: how to think about public media’s next 50 years

Knight Foundation: Public media isn’t just an industry or a service. It’s a mission, not yet accomplished.

US: Newsonomics: These are the 3 fault lines redrawing the U.S. media business

Nieman Lab: The duopoly, the FCC, and the hunger for scale — these three forces are roiling the news industry, from corporate conglomerates to your hometown daily.

US: Public Media at 50: Looking to the Future

Knight Foundation: The Knight Foundation have recognised the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act by commissioning a set of white papers on the future of public media.

US: The FCC is swiftly changing national media policy. What does that mean on the local level?

Nieman Lab: The Federal Communications Commission’s anticipated decision on net neutrality has (rightfully) garnered a lot of publicity and scrutiny. The FCC’s repeal of different regulations earlier this fall, however, could reshape a news source often left out of predictions of the industry’s future: local TV newsrooms.

Advancing inclusive decision-making

DW Akademie: Multi-stakeholder debates are a basic element of national and global policy processes like media reform or Internet regulation. But their success depends on certain factors. Here, media development has a role to play.

Almost half of all women journalists endure harassment – here you find help

ECPMF: According to latest research  by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) almost half of all female media workers surveyed (48%) have endured some kind of gender-based harassment at work. This ranges from physical violence and sexual abuse such as groping through verbal harassment and cybermobbing.

Can Game Design Concepts Increase Journalism Engagement? New Report Says Yes

American University: News outlets seeking to increase reader engagement should look to concepts from game design, according to a new report from American University (AU).

Contestable funding focus of new EBU report

EBU: Two new reports from the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service (MIS) explore the funding of public service media across Europe, with a special focus on contestable funding systems.

COP-out: Why are so many media outlets failing to tell the climate story?

Climate Outreach: For the third year in a row, our analysis has shown that tired, cliched and uninspiring images dominate coverage of the annual climate conference.

Don’t Fight Fake News, Tell Stories Instead

Coda Story: In the battle against fake news, journalists need to stop reporting what people say and report what they do.

Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

The Guardian: Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’.

Have Digital-Born Media Expanded Too Far, Too Fast? (Report)

EJO: Digital-born media companies face a gloomy future: while Google and Facebook see their ad businesses flourish, even the largest digital media companies are struggling to overcome challenges to their advertising-based business models.

How Disinformation Became a New Threat to Women

Coda Story: Female politicians and other high profile women face a growing threat from sexualized disinformation.

How the news media activate public expression and influence national agendas

Science via ECPMF: Media outlets exert a very significant influence on expressed public opinion, a large-scale experiment proves.

Journalism Bots: A Quick History and Ideas for Use in Your Newsroom

GIJN: Bots — applications that perform automated tasks — are becoming increasingly commonplace in newsrooms, as a growing number of publishers experiment with various services to expand their coverage, help journalists do their jobs better or improve relationships with readers.

Let’s Talk: Personal Boundaries, Safety & Women in Journalism

Dart Center: Like so many of their counterparts in other fields, women journalists contend with unwanted presumptions and the threat of gender-based violence. The Dart Center asked nine leading women in journalism to share their experiences and to reflect on their own best practices.

Math for Journalists: Help with Numbers

Poynter: This course covers everything from reducing fractions and other math essentials to topics specifically for journalists, such as calculating cost of living and estimating crowd sizes. The goal is to make routine math routine.

Media and Human Trafficking, Slavery: The Guidelines

Huffington Post: Is there a right way to cover human trafficking and slavery? Are there ethical pitfalls going undercover to produce an earth-shattering investigative report on this repulsive trade that can jar the world’s conscience?

Online harassment of women journalists and international law: not “just” a gender issue, but a threat to democracy

Berkman Klein Center: Online harassment of women journalists hinders the free press from operating as it should, which negatively affects the democratic process.

The journey from print to radio storytelling: A guide for navigating a new landscape

NPR: If you are transitioning from print to audio reporting, prepare to embark on a creative journey. Many of your skills will translate perfectly. But you’ll have to change some well-established habits and adapt to new storytelling paradigms.

Traditional foreign correspondence is hard to replace

Journalism Research News: Using “virtual correspondence” can help ease the workload of traditional foreign correspondents – but not replace them, write Oliver Hahn, Florian Stalph and Tom Steller, all of University of Passau. They report on six years of experimenting with virtual correspondence with a total of 90 German journalism students.

UNESCO publication promotes safety programs for journalists

Ijnet: UNESCO’s publication provides an optimistic slant on new alliances and cooperative efforts acting on behalf of journalists’ safety. Readers learn that civil society organizations are more involved, motivated by “the need to protect journalism as a societal good.” That is a promising note for media professionals operating in perilous places.

Voices of Change is looking for stories

Voices of Change: “Voices of Change” aims to tell stories of young politically and socially active people from Eastern European countries where democracy is currently at struggle.

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