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PMA Statement

Nobel Prize to journalists highlights value of public interest media

PMA congratulates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and commends the Norwegian Nobel Committee for highlighting the crucial but precarious work many journalists do.

From the undermining of RTHK’s independence to the censorship faced by EBC staff in Brazil, PMA’s newsfeed has been dominated by reports of growing interference in independent public interest and public service media in recent months.

This interference is happening worldwide and increasingly targeted at independent foreign news organisations and journalists. Just last week a BBC Moscow bureau journalist was labelled as a ‘foreign agent’ while a number of governments have stepped up efforts to limit foreign-owned independent news media from operating within their borders.

These moves have very real implications for pluralism, media diversity and the ability of people to access trusted sources of news and information.

While this prize is an important acknowledgement of Maria and Dmitry’s tireless and essential work in holding power to account, PMA also welcomes it as a timely recognition of the central role of investigative journalism in society and to democracy, especially during times of crisis.

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Week 39: What does YOUTH MEDIA LITERACY look like?

As more children engage with media and news content, it is important that they are taught how to become responsible and informed consumers and creators, especially in a growing age of misinformation, populism, and polarisation. Many public media organisations play a role in improving media literacy among the next generation of voters, and some have even developed youth media labs – where children produce their own content – to do so. These can look like PBS Newshour’s ‘Student Reporting Labs, where young people engage in newsgathering, reporting, and video production to tackle critical topics. Other examples include CBC/Radio-Canada’s “Prochaine Génération” (Next Generation) project, BBC’s ‘BBC Young Reporter’, and SABC’s partnership with the University of Western Cape which gives students the opportunity to gain on-the-ground experience in newsrooms and develop skills in broadcasting across different platforms. It is essential that public media continue to support youth media literacy as young people grow up and engage in civic life and informed democracy. 

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BBC – The Media Show: A global investigation and the largest leak of offshore data in history has produced the Pandora Papers. Journalists around the world have had front-page splashes on alleged corruption and money-laundering. Meanwhile in the US, a whistle-blowing former Facebook employee has appeared before Congress, accusing the company of harming democracy. And a piece in The New York Times seems to have brought down a wunderkind news organisation.

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CHAD: Repression of protests continues as authorities fail to protect right to freedom of expression

Amnesty International: Following the repression of a protest … Abdoulaye Diarra, Amnesty International Central Africa researcher said: “The crackdown on this weekend’s protest is the latest in a series of blatant restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful association.”

GHANA: WATCH Interview: “Local Content Is Key, But, Unique Content Is King” (Watch)

Broadcast Media Africa: Broadcast Media Africa recently sat with Prof. Amin Alhassan, the Director-General at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and associate professor of communication at the university for development studies, Tamale, Ghana. 

NIGERIA: Nigeria: Govt. Asks BON To Help Foster National Unity And Development

Broadcast Media Africa: The Federal Government has urged the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) to use its influence and power to promote national unity and development.   

SEYCHELLES: Defamation No Longer a Crime in Seychelles After National Assembly Vote

Via All Africa: Defamation is no longer a crime under the Seychelles Penal Code after the National Assembly passed an amendment to remove it on Wednesday.

SOMALIA: Somalia: How Broken Institutions, Archaic Laws Hurt Media Freedom in Somalia

All Africa: Somalia’s journalists could be bearing the brunt of broken institutions and old laws in a country where leaders have been discussing the much-missed deadlines on laws and elections.

SOUTH AFRICA: Millions of South Africans do not pay their TV licence

The South African: The SABC is sinking as millions of TV licence holders simply refuse to pay and its irregular expenditure further propels its losses.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC tables 2020/21 annual report (Press release)

SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) 2020/21 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 30 September 2021.  As detailed in the Annual Report, the public broadcaster continues to deliver on its extensive public service mandate despite very challenging conditions.

SOUTH SUDAN: South Sudan Lawmaker Demands Press Curb Reporting on Parliament

VOA News: South Sudan media rights groups condemned comments by a key parliament member who said that news organizations could have their licenses revoked if they report on parliamentary expenditures — including lawmaker salaries — without prior authorization from the speaker.

TUNISIA: Tunisia: Arrest of journalist prompts concerns about future of press freedom under Saied

Middle East Eye: The recent arrest of a journalist and lawmaker critical of President Kais Saied in Tunisia has triggered warnings that press freedom in the country is at risk.

REGIONAL: Harmonisation Of Laws Key For The Successful Regulation Of Online Media – Fegus Lipenga MACRA

Broadcast Media Africa: Broadcasting is essential in Africa because most Africans get information, education and entertainment from primarily traditional radio and television broadcasts.

REGIONAL: How States in francophone West Africa are weaponizing legislation to suppress freedom of expression online

MFWA: Freedom of expression both offline and online is guaranteed in most West African countries. The enactment of relatively friendly legal frameworks in a number of countries demonstrates a progressive effort in promoting freedom of expression online.

AFGHANISTAN: As Afghan Media Struggles Under Taliban, Jobless Journalists Grow Desperate (Watch)

Gandhara/RFE: Many media outlets across Afghanistan have shut down in the wake of the Taliban takeover, with some journalists leaving the profession or the country out of fear of reprisals.

AFGHANISTAN: How Work Has Got Harder for Afghan Journalists After Taliban Takeover

The Wire: The already-difficult situation for the nation’s reporters and other media personnel has become much more precarious under the Taliban.

CHINA: China Plans Ban on Private-Sector Involvement in Media, Publishing, Online Platforms

Radio Free Asia: The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has set out plans to ban private investment in the media, amid an ongoing program of regulatory changes aimed at tightening state control over the private sector.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK refuses to say why it deleted story about proposed law criminalising insults

HKFP: Taxpayer-funded public broadcaster RTHK has refused to say why it has deleted a story from its website about proposals for a new law criminalising insults against public officers.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati to completely phase out obsolete analog transmitters by March 2022

Exchange4Media: The phase out of ATT is expected to result in savings of around Rs 100 crore in operating expenditure annually

KAZAKHSTAN & UK: Fifteen organisations condemn lawsuits brought by ENRC against the Financial Times, Harper Collins, and journalist Tom Burgis in London

ECPMF: Two lawsuits have been filed by Kazakh multinational mining company, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), for what it claims are a series of “untrue” and “highly damaging” allegations made by the defendants about the company. 

MALAYSIA: Media has pivotal role in educating public, say MDs

Free Malaysia Today: The media plays a pivotal role in educating the public on every angle of current affairs so that they are best positioned to make informed decisions for the betterment of the country.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s proposed media development authority could further curb freedom of media

Global Voices: Journalist bodies rejected the proposed PMDA bill.

PAKISTAN: Radio Pakistan prepares series of podcasts on Single National Curriculum

Radio Pakistan: In this regard, interviews of educational experts including professors, teachers, students, and other stakeholders were recorded across the country.

PAKISTAN: TV journalist killed in targeted attack in southern Pakistan

Al Jazeera: A journalist has been killed in a targeted attack in the southern Pakistani town of Hub, police officials say, with the ethnic separatist Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claiming responsibility for the attack in a statement.

PHILIPPINES: In Rodrigo Duterte’s war on press freedom, Maria Ressa stands up for the truth

The Guardian: For the first time, a Filipino person, Maria Ressa, has been awarded the Nobel peace prize – “a win for Filipinos, for journalists, and for the global fight to uphold press freedom,” as her colleague Lian Buan puts it.

PHILIPPINES: Ressa: Role of journalism more important as PH enters ‘new phase’

CNN Philippines: Veteran journalist Maria Ressa, who was recently awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, underscored the key role of journalism as the country elects its new leaders in the 2022 polls.

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s new ‘foreign interference’ law leaves journalists like me with an impossible puzzle (Opinion)

The Guardian: The Singapore government is now free to act on suspicions of foreign influence, and their targets will struggle to clear their names. 

THAILAND: Thai Journalists on Challenges of Covering Protest Movement

VOA News: Strict media laws, police harassment make reporting on calls for reform in Thailand harder, local media says.

THAILAND: The audience council and listeners of the Thai PBS program invites you to watch the online discussion “15 years, which way will public media go” on October 13 (Thai – press release)

Thai PBS: Audience and audience council Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (SAT) or Thai PBS invites you to watch the online forum. Participants learn the views of scholars to the public on the topic of “15 years of public media is to the good,”…

AUSTRALIA: ABC news director Gaven Morris resigns after ‘enormous contribution’ to broadcaster

The Guardian: Following six years in the job, ABC’s news director won’t be renewing his contract as he seeks new challenges.

AUSTRALIA: An ABC Far North Queensland radio interview with Reignite Democracy Australia is found to have breached ABC editorial policy. (Watch) 


AUSTRALIA: Australia mulls measures making social media giants responsible for defamatory postings

Reuters: The Australian government is considering a range of measures that would make social media companies more responsible for defamatory material published on their platforms, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said on Sunday.

AUSTRALIA: News Corp’s turnaround on climate crisis is a greenwash (Opinion)

The Guardian: The company won’t change until it understands the grave damage it has done with its ugly legacy of denialist reporting. 

AUSTRALIA: SBS seeks community feedback to help shape the future of SBS Radio and language services (Press release)

SBS: As part of SBS’s commitment to continue evolving to meet the needs of contemporary Australia, SBS has commenced the regular review of its language services provided through SBS Radio, today opening public consultation to invite feedback on the draft selection criteria. 

FIJI: Is Fiji still a democracy? (Opinion)

The Fiji Times: Democracy takes different forms. But all draw on the principle of government of the people, by the people, for the people.

NEW ZEALAND: Stuff’s independent covid-19 fact guide – ‘The whole truth’

Asia Pacific Report: Those most at-risk of serious illness or death from covid-19 are frequently targeted with misinformation, reports Stuff. Produced by Stuff in partnership with Māori Television and the Pacific Media Network, “The Whole Truth: Covid-19 Vaccination” counters the falsehoods.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Scott Waide: Memo to our younger people – go out to rural PNG and tell their stories

Asia Pacific Report: Senior EMTV journalist and bureau chief Scott Waide in Papua New Guinea’s second city Lae this week called time on his inspirational 25-year relationship with the television channel. He is taking on other challenges, like Lekmak, and this was his social media message of thanks to supporters.

ALBANIA: Albania Journalist Union ‘Expected’ Public TV Director’s Arrest

Balkan Insight: Following the arrest of the former head of the national broadcaster for corruption, media union says it has long warned about abuse and mismanagement of public funds at national TV.

ALBANIA: Government must scrap new Media and Information Agency

Article 19: The Media Freedom Rapid Response today expresses serious concern over a new Media and Information Agency (MIA) established by the government of Prime Minister Edi Rama in Albania.

ALBANIA: Pressure Mounts on EU to Step Up Media Freedom Safeguards in Albania

Exit News: Pressures are mounting on the EU to intervene in Albania’s media freedom environment as the third public call for help has been made in just seven days.

AUSTRIA: GIS fee is increasing – that’s how much you’ll pay more soon (German)

Heute: The political roller coaster ride of the last few days made it almost forgotten, but there is a slight increase in the GIS fee in the house. The details.

AUSTRIA: Resignation of Sebastian Kurz: The Chancellor, the media and the corruption allegations (German)

Deutschlandfunk: Because of the corruption investigations and pressure from the Greens, Sebastian Kurz resigned as Austria’s Chancellor. The criticism of “ad corruption” is not new. But the allegations are now also criminally relevant. An overview.

BELARUS: Belarus’s Information War

CJR: How a grassroots media company took on a dictator.

DENMARK: DR is making a significant upgrade of news on DRTV (Danish – press release)

DR: DR has just presented a comprehensive digital plan to develop DR into a fully digital public service institution. As part of that plan, DR continues its strong news position with live news on DRTV.

GERMANY: HR director wants more speed with the expansion of the ARD media library (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: The director of the Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), Manfred Krupp, calls for more speed in the expansion of the ARD media library – especially on the technical side.

GERMANY: Study: Television is the most important medium for electoral information (German – press release)

ZDF: Before the federal election in 2021, Germans found out about the topics and people to be voted on, especially on television, as a representative study by the mindline media institute of 1000 people on behalf of ARD and ZDF showed.

GERMANY: The Swarm: German TV adapts hit sci-fi novel in English

The Guardian: Broadcaster ZDF targets international sales and will dub eight-part series for domestic audience. 

GERMANY: Union wants to relieve companies of broadcasting fees (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: After the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court on the broadcasting fee, the parliamentary groups of the CDU and CSU have spoken out in favor of a “certain contribution stability” for the citizens and the relief of medium-sized companies.

GREECE: EFJ joins call for Greek Euronews service to be continued

EFJ: Greek service of pan-European television channel Euronews is threatened with closure before the end of the year.

GREECE: Greek opposition calls for investigating media funding during pandemic (Spanish)

Swissinfo: All Greek opposition parties have requested a parliamentary commission to investigate whether the government led by the conservative New Democracy has used public funds to finance related media and the publication of favorable polls.

GREECE: Justice Ministry must withdraw amendment on ‘false news’

IPI: IPI and MFRR partners warn controversial amendment would threaten media freedom.

GREECE & AUSTRIA: Austria’s Kurz resignation opens media freedom debate in Greece

Euractiv: Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned after he was accused of manipulating the media to the tune of more than €1 million in public funds.  In Greece, more than €30 million of state money has been given to the media by the Greek conservative government, and everything is business as usual, the main opposition Syriza party, has said.

MALTA: Investigate abuse at PBS, Repubblika tells European Broadcasting Union

Times of Malta: Civil society group Repubblika has written to the European Broadcasting Union expressing concern about the government’s “use and abuse” of PBS by the government.

MALTA: Journalists and press freedom organisations to visit Malta 14-16 October (Event) 

EFJ: Between 14 and 16 October, the General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) as well as representatives from other civil society organisations will visit Malta to meet with members of the Maltese Government, civil society representatives, journalists, and other key stakeholders.

NORWAY: NRK boss Thor Gjermund Eriksen is leaving (Norwegian)

NRK: Broadcasting manager Thor Gjermund Eriksen has today informed the board that he wants to resign as broadcasting manager during 2022.

ROMANIA: Attack on Romanian Film Crew Reveals Dangers of Environmental Beat

VOA News: Journalists covering environmental crimes are sometimes drawn into investigating other risky areas, such as organized crime and corruption.

RUSSIA: Russia labels reporters foreign agents after Nobel award

BBC News: Hours after independent editor Dmitry Muratov was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Russian authorities have designated several publications and journalists as foreign agents.

SLOVENIA: Press freedom concerns dog EU leaders in Slovenia

Politico: Gathered to encourage democratic reforms in aspiring EU countries, EU leaders were instead hit with questions about media freedoms at home.

SPAIN: The CES calls for “stable” funding for RTVE and to approve the Framework Mandate “promptly” (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The Economic and Social Council of Spain (CES) highlights the need to configure a stable financing framework for the RTVE Corporation, “with the establishment of minimum and maximum amounts to be contributed by each of the agents that contribute to financing the audiovisual public service “.

SPAIN: The Government approves a capital reduction of RTVE of 122.4 million euros (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The Council of Ministers has approved an Agreement that authorizes the amendment of the bylaws of the state trading company ‘Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española, SA, SME’, as a result of the capital reduction of 122.4 million euros, so that the share capital after the reduction will be 1,000 million euros.

SPAIN: The Parliament defends that the Government promotes an audiovisual law to protect Catalan (Spanish)

Europa Press: The plenary session of the Parliament has approved this Thursday an ERC motion to promote and deploy the Catalan audiovisual law, “placing special emphasis on the promotion and protection of production and dubbing in Catalan”, as well as supporting the media with structural aid to promote the use of Catalan.

SWEDEN: Politicians must keep their fingers off SVT’s journalism (Swedish – blog)

SVT: SVT’s CEO Hanna Stjärne on how in recent years she has seen several examples of how political parties want to influence public service journalism.

SWITZERLAND: Opponents challenge media aid law to referendum

Swissinfo: A cross-party group has handed in signatures opposing a support package for the media passed by parliament in June.

UK: BBC payout for designer ‘scapegoated’ over Bashir’s Diana interview

The Guardian: A graphic designer has received a substantial financial settlement from the BBC after he was made the “fall guy” for Martin Bashir’s decision to use fake bank statements to help secure an interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

UK: Jeremy Vine unnerved after anti-vaccine protesters target his home

The Guardian: The television and radio presenter Jeremy Vine has said he was unnerved after anti-vaccine protesters targeted his home. Vine tweeted that the group tried to serve what it called an “anti-vaxx writ” while he was out, instead giving it to his wife.

REGIONAL: EBU Forges Pan-European Networks for Co-Production 

EBU: The EBU is establishing new alliances and networks to foster collaboration between European public service broadcasters.

REGIONAL: European Federation of Journalists Warns on Media Freedom in Slovenia

Total Slovenia News: President of the European Federation of Journalists [EFJ] Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard has warned that media freedom is deteriorating in several European countries, including Slovenia. 

ARGENTINA: About 70 percent of the local media in Argentina work mostly with freelancers or commissioned collaborators, according to FOPEA report

LatAm Journalism Review: About 70 percent of the local media in Argentina work mostly with freelancers or commissioned collaborators, according to a report by the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA, for its acronym in Spanish). This work becomes more precarious in half of the provinces, the study indicated.

ARGENTINA: “The media are the swords of neo-capitalism” (Spanish)

Radio Nacional: The philosopher reflected on the current socio-political context and described the electoral campaign as “regrettable”.

BARBADOS & DOMINICA: Journalists Perspectives on Covering Crises Training Programme (Opportunity – Facebook post)

Media Institute of the Caribbean: In partnership with Internews we invite you to participate in our four-part virtual training programme on covering crises. Open only to journalists, radio personnel and television hosts from Barbados and Dominica.

BRAZIL: Third dossier shows institutionalization of censorship and governance in the EBC (Portuguese)

Ouvidoria Cidadã da EBC: Denunciation made by officials raised 161 cases of censorship and 89 of government between August 2020 and July 2021.

COLOMBIA: Ana Bejarano on censorship in Telemedellín and RTVC: “the public should repudiate the abusive administration of the public media” (Spanish)

Infobae: The journalist spoke vehemently about censorship in the media in her column on the LosDanieles.com portal.

COLOMBIA: Telemedellín: ignorance or cynicism on the part of the mayor? (Spanish)

Razon Publica: Journalism, democracy and the public media are weakened when an official tries to interfere with freedom of information. This is how deterioration is experienced in Medellín and in many parts of Colombia.

JAMAICA: New generation programmes, new work lifestyle coming — Broadcasting Commission

Jamaica Observer: The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ), in its latest annual report, says that with Jamaica about to undergo Digital Television Switch-Over, this will “open up new opportunities for local broadcasters to modernise content delivery and develop a new generation of programmes and other media products.”

MEXICO: IFT will tender new community and indigenous radio stations (Spanish)

TV y Video: The Federal Telecommunications Institute, IFT, began the second stage of the Radio Broadcasting Promotion and Promotion Program, ProRadio, for those interested in community or indigenous social concessions, and which will focus on three Webinars and consultancies for specific questions, which seek to provide the interested parties the necessary tools to be able to apply for a concession of this nature.

MEXICO: Impunity, in murders of journalists and activists (Spanish)

El Universal: Impunity in the cases of journalists and human rights defenders killed [during] the current government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is 89.37% and 99%, respectively, revealed the Ministry of the Interior.

NICARAGUA: Nicaragua’s journalists fear repression 

Confidencial: Reporters are inundated with threats, however essential information flows in cyber media and social networks.

PERU: Militants and supporters of Peru Libre run media that promote government issues (Spanish) 

RPP: A dozen print and digital publications have appeared or been reactivated after Pedro Castillo became president. Who [is] behind them?

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: The changing landscape of journalism in T&T (Opinion)

Media Association of Trinidad & Tobago

REGIONAL: Dancing in the dark, a culture of secrecy and a roadmap for digital human rights in Latin America

IFEX: September 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Facebook Censors Discussion of Rights Issues

Human Rights Watch: Independent Investigation, Alignment with International Standards Needed.

SAUDI ARABIA: Newcastle United takeover: Fiancée of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi condemns purchase of club by Saudi bank

iNews: The fiancée of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside a Saudi consulate, has condemned the purchase of Newcastle United by a Saudi bank.

TURKEY: Turkey: Increase in threats against journalists

EFJ: The Turkish Association of Journalists (GCD) published its Quarterly Media Monitoring Report documenting the state of press freedom in Turkey for the months of April to June 2021.

TURKEY: Press freedom crisis compounded by increasing digital censorship

Article 19: Turkey’s press freedom crisis is being compounded by increasing digital censorship.

UAE: Appeal for Emirati authorities to release detained human rights activists ahead of Dubai Expo

IFEX: Rights groups from the region and around the world call on Emirati authorities to release all imprisoned human rights defenders and activists detained in violation of their right to free expression.

CANADA: As press freedom declines worldwide, CBC/Radio-Canada should embrace an international broadcasting role (Opinion – Paywall)

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CANADA: Canadian media stand united in support of all journalists against online hate, threats and harassment (Statement)

CBC/Radio-Canada: There can be no tolerance for hate and harassment of journalists or for incitement of attacks on journalists for doing their jobs.

CANADA: How a small-town B.C. council meeting became a source of COVID-19 disinformation worldwide

CBC News: Disinformation expert says incident illustrates need for caution in who gets a platform. 

CANADA: Newsroom bureau with Winnipeg’s South Asian communities

CBC News: CBC Manitoba is popping up in Garden City, one of Winnipeg’s fastest-growing and most diverse neighbourhoods in the city. The remote newsroom bureau is a coming together of art, culture and making time to listen to the issues that matter most to you.


Canadian Association of Journalists: The CAJ is looking to feature student work in the curriculum for an upcoming workshop series on misinformation. 

US: Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says

Nieman Lab: Small newspapers, with circulations under 50,000, make up the vast majority of newspapers in the U.S. And the majority of their employees are pessimistic about these papers’ futures, a report out Thursday from Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism shows.

US: PBS Programs Honored with Four Imagen Awards (Press Release)

PBS: PBS programs received four awards during the 36th Annual Imagen Awards, which were live-streamed exclusively on PBSSoCal.org and KCET.org. The Imagen Awards recognize programs and individuals that advance the positive portrayal and number of Latinos on screen.

US: Public broadcasters ask FCC to update forms with nonbinary gender options (Paywall)

Current: Law firm Foster Garvey PC has seen “an increasing number of licensees” that have “expressed concerns with the binary options provided to answer the question of gender” on some FCC forms.

US: 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.

US: The impact and future of public media in South Dakota (Listen)

SDPB News: Julie Overgaard connects the dots between NPR and SDPB. We look at 50 years of NPR and the impact and future of public media in South Dakota.

US: These stations are adopting new strategies to attract more diverse donors (Paywall)

Current: “We spend a lot of time thinking in the clouds and being a little more highbrow and not coming out of those offices and coming down to the people,” said Nikki Swarn, GM and PD at The Drop. “So many public media stations don’t make that entry point as simplistic as it could be.”

Climate Journalism – Demanding Environmental Accountability Around the Globe (Event)

Internews: As science, politics and actions surrounding climate stewardship evolve, so does the role of journalists and the impact of climate media. 

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy can be overcome through relatable stories and accessible information

The Conversation: People who oppose vaccination won’t be swayed by statistics. To convince them, it is necessary to share real-life experiences and stories with which they will identify.

How can newsrooms better engage with their audiences?

European Journalism Centre: Every journalist knows: A lot of work goes into producing and publishing a story. Every step needs careful and meticulous planning. While content is key, keeping your audiences interested and engaged is equally important in today’s age of information overload. 

How news publishers are turning casual, infrequent readers into paying subscribers

Nieman Lab: The majority of subscribers will be light readers — and, INMA argues, publishers should be segmenting and studying this audience.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – Roundtable Discussion (Event)

To celebrate the 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, a hybrid format high-level roundtable discussion will be organized on 3 November 2021 by Ossigeno per l’informazione at the Syracuse International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Syracuse, Italy.

Media freedom for the digital age (Listen)

Euractiv: As threats to journalists increase, some governments and the EU are asking how protections can be updated to keep up with digitalisation. We hear from the authors of a new report exploring the relationship between media freedom and technological development on this week’s podcast.  

The rich don’t always fight fair’: Guardian lawyers, libel and lawsuits

The Guardian: Lawyers are often the last line of defence between a publisher and a lawsuit, the Guardian’s director of editorial legal services writes. 

Trauma reporting tips for journalists: telling stories of Afghan refugees

Journalism.co.uk: Before delving into an interview, think about the impact of losing everything: family, home, country, livelihood, belongings, money, friends and wellbeing.

Vision 2022: An Imperative for Public Media’s Future (Event)

Public Media for All: An Imperative for Public Media’s Future is a call to conscience, action and education to intensify the work of strategically addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry. One year since Public Media For All’s inaugural day of Action and Education, we’ll reflect back on what we’ve accomplished with our first cohort of stations and set an agenda of reform for the coming year.

When Facebook went down this week, traffic to news sites went up

Nieman Lab

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