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Collaborative Solutions Journalism: Tips, Tricks and Opportunities

ICFJ: Solutions Journalism (SoJo) is gradually taking hold among journalists across the globe as a tool for deeply engaging with communities and issues they report on. As the journalism landscape continues to change with a greater push toward collaboration, how can a collaborative framework be applied to solutions journalism? 

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CBC/Radio-Canada President Catherine Tait on C-18, media mistrust and her goals for the public broadcaster

CBC/Radio-Canada: Public mistrust. Tech giant wars. Layoffs. The news about the news hasn’t been very positive lately. As for the public broadcaster? Loud calls to defund and reform, amidst all of the existing industry turmoil. Catherine Tait is the President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada – tasked with leading the organization through these tumultuous times. She speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the roadmap she’s crafting for the remainder of her term, and how she plans to navigate the bumpy road ahead.

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BENIN: Nigerian journalist Damilola Ayeni arrested in Benin while reporting on environment

CPJ: Authorities in Benin must immediately and unconditionally release Nigerian journalist Damilola Ayeni, drop all charges against him, and allow him to work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

BURKINA FASO: Radio Omega back on the air after a month’s suspension (French)

RFI: Radio Oméga is back on the air in Burkina Faso, a month after it was suspended following the broadcast of an interview with the spokesman for a movement in favour of the reinstatement of President Bazoum in Niger. Sadibou Marong, director of the NGO RSF for West Africa, reacts to the reinstatement of this media outlet.

CAMEROON: Joseph Mbeng Boum: our role is “to explain scientific advances and help people understand them”. (Interview)

RFI: He is the first sub-Saharan African to be elected head of the World Federation of Science Journalists, an organisation that brings together some 72 associations across five continents and more than 15,000 journalists. (…) Elected for two years to head the WFSJ, whose headquarters are in Montreal, Canada, his mission is to promote science journalism.

CAMEROON: URTI: the urgent need to digitalise public media (French) 

CRTV: This issue was the focus of a workshop held on 6 September in Yaoundé, on the sidelines of the 75th General Assembly of the International Radio and Television Union (URTI).

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia Arrests 3 Journalists Under New State of Emergency

VOA: Three journalists have been arrested in Ethiopia in the month since the government declared a state of emergency in early August.

LIBERIA: Media executive complains UP

New Dawn: Local media outlet Hot Pepper Newspaper publisher Mr. Philipbert Browne has officially complained to the opposition Unity Party (UP) to the Minister of Justice, alleging that he had been intimidated by the party.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC+ Is Failing To Grow To Anticipated Levels – Acting CEO Reveals

Broadcast Media Africa: The SABC+ video streaming service, which the South African public broadcaster debuted in November 2022, has fallen short of expectations due to issues with trying to add advertising, with the SABC blaming high data cost for not enough people signing up for the service.

TUNISIA: Tunisia press union denounces state ‘censorship’

Arab News: Tunisia’s journalists’ syndicate on Friday denounced state censorship of mass media and said authorities have “repressed” freedoms in the country reeling under a political and economic crisis.

REGIONAL: Africa Media Monitoring August 2023: Elections in Zimbabwe, Gabon see threats to press freedom (Report)

IPI: In August 2023, IPI recorded 69 threats to press freedom in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly one-third of these occurred in Zimbabwe (17) and Gabon (5), where elections took place last month. In Gabon, the military seized power shortly after the vote. Overall, the highest number of incidents occurred in Nigeria, with 18. Multiple cases were also recorded in Somalia (12), Ethiopia (4), and Malawi (4).

REGIONAL: Media reporting on online violence against women in East Africa harms victims

DW Akademie: A new study highlights harmful media reporting on online violence against women in East Africa. It recommends advocacy and training for sensitive and responsible reporting.

REGIONAL: World Public Broadcasters Say Switch From Analog to Digital Radio, TV Remains Slow

VOA: Members of the International Radio and Television Union from about 50 countries, meeting this week in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, say a lack of infrastructure and human and financial resources remains a major obstacle to the switch from analog to digital broadcasting in public media, especially in Africa. 

BANGLADESH: Alarming surge of press freedom violations in Bangladesh

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sounds the alarm about a surge in press freedom violations in Bangladesh in recent weeks and calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government to give clear commitments to protect journalists.

INDIA: ‘Bias of Manipur Media Towards a Community, Total Misrepresentation of Facts’: Army’s Letter to EGI

The Wire: New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India, facing a first information report filed by the Manipur Police against it over a fact-finding report, told the Supreme Court that it visited Manipur on the Indian Army’s invitation.

INDIA: Kashmir should get its press freedom back (Opinion – Paywall)

Nikkei Asia: Indian authorities have squeezed out the last independent local outlet.

INDIA: Let there be independent news on private FM, says TRAI

Radio Info: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released its recommendations on “Issues Related to FM Radio Broadcasting”. It has recommended that private FM radio operators should be allowed to broadcast independent news and current affairs programmes, limited to 10 minutes in each clock hour

INDIA: Manipur authorities file cases against four journalists

IFJ: Police in India’s eastern Manipur state have filed charges against four journalists associated with the Editors Guild of India, including its president, following the publication of a report analysing ongoing unrest in the region. 

INDONESIA: History of National Radio Day

DITSMP: Every September 11 is celebrated as National Radio Day? This date is also commemorated as the birthday of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), which was founded on September 11, 1945, so it is not surprising that September 11 is also often referred to as RRI Day. 

JAPAN: NHK issues statement following Johnny & Associates news conference

NHK: NHK has issued a statement following a news conference by Johnny & Associates in which the talent agency admitted sexual abuse by its late founder.

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyz Authorities Threaten to Block Independent Media Outlet Kloop

OCCRP: Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Culture served notice to OCCRP’s local partner Kloop on Friday, demanding that editors delete a news item allegedly containing false information within two working days, or the website will be blocked for up to two months.

MYANMAR: Photojournalist sentenced to twenty years imprisonment

IFJ: Now photojournalist Sai Zaw Thaike has been sentenced to over 20 years in prison on September 6, following his coverage of the impacts of the devastation caused by Cyclone Mocha in May. 

PAKISTAN: Pakistani journalist Fayaz Zafar arrested and alleges police abuse, Amjad Ali Sahaab under investigation

CPJ: New York, September 8, 2023—Pakistan authorities must cease harassing journalists Fayaz Zafar and Amjad Ali Sahaab and immediately and impartially investigate Zafar’s detention and allegations that he was abused by police, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

PHILIPPINES: RSF and the Hold The Line Coalition welcome acquittal of Maria Ressa and Rappler, call for all remaining cases to be dropped

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Hold the Line Coalition (HTL) welcome Tuesday’s Regional Trial Court verdict acquitting Nobel laureate Maria Ressa and her news outlet Rappler, on the final criminal tax charge leveled against them by the regime of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

SOUTH KOREA:  KBS Board Approves Dismissal of President/CEO Kim Eui-cheol

KBS World:The board of directors at Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) has approved a motion to dismiss KBS President and CEO Kim Eui-cheol.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS board of directors votes to dismiss CEO Kim Eui-chul

The Korea Times: The board of directors at Korea’s public broadcaster KBS passed a motion Tuesday to dismiss CEO Kim Eui-chul with the end of his term still more than a year away.

THAILAND: Thai PBS joins as a partner organization to organize the 13th National Morality Assembly. (Press Release)

PBS: Moral Center (Public Organization) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture Along with the Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (TPA) or Thai PBS and social networking organizations in various sectors, organized the 13th National Morality Assembly.

VIETNAM: RSF calls on US President Biden to address press freedom during state visit to Vietnam

RSF: A few days ahead of United States President Joe Biden’s state visit to Vietnam, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to address the dire situation of press freedom and the right to information in the country.

AUSTRALIA: How to pitch Gen Z? ABC pulls together a youth panel (Paywall)

The Australian: The national broadcaster has put together a new panel of Gen Z journalists to advise its older bosses on how to reach a younger crowd.

AUSTRALIA: Jeremy Fernandez on becoming the main anchor of ABC NSW 7pm News, his path into journalism and diversity in media

ABC: After two decades working as a journalist and presenter at the ABC, Jeremy Fernandez is taking over from Juanita Phillips as the main anchor of the NSW 7pm News.

AUSTRALIA: SBS Learn English launches series to help new migrants with the Australian Citizenship test (Press release)

SBS: In the lead-up to Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September and beyond, SBS Learn English’s new multilingual video and podcast series Australian Citizenship is helping new migrants to prepare for the Australian citizenship test, including understanding what a referendum is.

NEW ZEALAND: Election 2023: What to expect and where to find RNZ’s election coverage

RNZ News: With just over a month to go until New Zealand heads to the polls, RNZ is promising to deliver “clear, current and comprehensive election coverage” across its platforms to meet voters wherever they are.

NEW ZEALAND: National’s Plan To Expand Online Censorship Needs More Scrutiny (Comment)

Newsroom: Internet filtering can be easily circumvented and censoring the web infringes on crucial freedoms – National should think twice before expanding censorship to bring in a bit of revenue.

NEW ZEALAND: Stuff joins global media groups curbing Open AI from using news sites

Asia Pacific Report: New Zealand’s Stuff media group has joined other leading news organisations around the world in restricting Open AI from using its content to power artificial intelligence tool Chat GPT.

AUSTRIA & GERMANY: ARD, ORF, SRF agree on co-productions worth 140 million euros (Press release – German)

ORF: Meeting in Munich: German-language broadcasters want to cooperate even more closely

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Republic to hike licence fees

Broadband TV: The Czech government has amended a law in order to increase the cost of receiver licence fees and expanding their eligibility.

DENMARK: DR is ready with much more TV Avis – just when it suits you (Press release)

DR: On Wednesday, DR premiered TVA Live, a new offer for the Danes, which complements and stands on the shoulders of the TV Newspapers that the Danes have known for almost 60 years. Changes in users’ media habits and the speed of news delivery place new demands on DR’s public service content.

GERMANY: Next meeting on September 21st Germany Radio Radio Council in Leipzig (Press Release)

Deutschland Radio: The agenda includes, among other things, the annual and consolidated financial statements for 2022, a change to Deutschlandradio’s statutes and Deutschlandradio’s digital strategy with its effects on text and images.

IRELAND: Statement by Siún Ní Raghallaigh Chair of the RTÉ board on the publication of RTÉ’s annual report for  2022 (Press Release) 

RTÉ: To begin with, the Annual Report deals with the RTÉ of 2022. It does not deal with the changing RTÉ of 2023. (…) However, the Report does set out the significant and ongoing contribution of RTÉ staff and the Independent Production sector in producing diverse, quality programming for television, digital and radio platforms.

ITALY: Sardinia also joins “No Women No Panel” (Press Release – Italian) 

Rai: The Autonomous Region of Sardinia confirms its role as a “forerunner” in the field of equal opportunities, after being the first public body to adopt a GEP (Gender Equality Plan) in implementation of the European Horizon 2020 project “Supera” for gender equality in the field of research and academia. 

ITALY & UK: The President of RAI Marinella Soldi on the Board of Directors of the BBC (Press Release – Italian)

Rai: Rai President Marinella Soldi has been appointed independent non-executive director of the BBC Board of Directors. For the first time an Italian citizen becomes part of the body that guides the British Broadcasting Corporation and guarantees its public service mission.

KOSOVO: Men Only: Kosovo’s Public Broadcaster Snubs High-Scoring Women for Top Posts

Balkan Insight: Three women failed to get selected for top public broadcaster jobs despite being rated best in recruitment processes – raising concerns about equal opportunities in the organisation.

RUSSIA: Russian news site editor get long jail term for story about Russo-Ukrainian war

RSF: A Russian court sentenced a Siberian news site editor to five and a half years in prison on 7 September for showing the true face of the war in Ukraine. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to support independent Russian journalism.

SERBIA: Serbia’s B92 TV Wins Freedom of Speech Case at European Court

Balkan Insight: The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Serbia violated TV B92’s freedom of expression when the country’s assistant health minister sued the station for accusing her of abuse of office in the procurement of swine flu vaccines.

SLOVENIA: Explanation of the management of RTV Slovenia on editorial autonomy (Press Release – Slovenian)

RTV SLO: The administration explains that it cannot and must not interfere with the contents of the programs of RTV Slovenia.

SPAIN: RTVE launches a campaign to help victims of the earthquake in Morocco (Press Release – Spanish) 

RTVE: Spanish Radio and Television launches a campaign to help those affected by the earthquake that occurred in Morocco early last Saturday and left more than 2,500 dead and thousands injured.

UK, FRANCE & GERMANY: Meta to wind down Facebook News tab and stop funding Community News Project

Press Gazette: Meta will wind down payments for publishers through its Facebook News tab in the UK, France and Germany and stop funding the Community News Project when the current contracts end.

UKRAINE: IPI joins 23 organizations calling for an end to Russian war crimes in Ukraine (Statement)

IPI: Journalists deliberately targeted in Russian war of aggression.  

GENERAL: OSCE Media Freedom Representative warns of harmful impact of digital surveillance technology on media freedom, urges against use on journalists

OSCE: Teresa Ribeiro, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, issued a communiqué today on the use of digital surveillance technology on journalists. The document underscores the significant negative impact such technology can have on media freedom within the OSCE region.​​

ARGENTINA: They highlight the “social and federal role” played by Radio Nacional and all public media (Spanish)

Télam: In an event held in the National Radio auditorium, union leaders expressed the need to strengthen public media to “guarantee society’s right to information.”

BRAZIL: Brazil Media At Risk From Attacks, Judicial Harassment, Great Dependence on Tech Platforms (Watch)

The Wire: Paula Miraglia, Co-founder & Director General, Nexo Jornal and Gama Revista, Brazil, addressed the M20 Media Freedom Summit held online in Delhi on September 6, 2023. The event was convened by the M20 Organising Committee, which comprises 11 editors from India and a former judge of the Supreme Court.

COLOMBIA: Gustavo Petro cut off the flow of the large private media: he left them without a guideline (Spanish)

Infobae: RTVC is the great beneficiary of the change in state advertising allocation policies in the first left-wing government in Colombia.

COLOMBIA: They threaten the director of the Colombian newspaper La Opinión, organizations ask to protect her (Spanish)

VOA News: Unknown individuals threatened the director of the main printed media in Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela, and various organizations condemned the act. Some of La Opinión’s journalists have also received threats.

CUBA: The regime threatens to prosecute DIARIO DE CUBA journalist José Luis Tan Estrada for ‘civil disobedience’ (Spanish)

Diario de Cuba: The reporter spent five hours in a cell after repressive forces prevented him from attending the trial of activist Ienelis Delgado.

ECUADOR: An Articulation Table for the Protection of Journalists is presented in Ecuador (Spanish)

Swissinfo: A group of Ecuadorian communicators presented this Thursday an Articulation Table for the Protection of Journalists (MAPP), through mechanisms and concrete actions in the face of threats against the life or freedom of reporters.

ECUADOR: Police rule out bomb threat in public media building in Quito (Spanish)

Primicias: Two buildings were evacuated this Wednesday due to a bomb threat at the public media building, in the north of Quito.

HAITI: Vulnerable to Attack, Haitian Journalists Flee

VOA: Home invasions, arson, gang attacks: As violence sweeps Haiti, the country’s journalists are being targeted.

JAMAICA: CBU Statement – Incident At Jamaican Media House (Statement)

CBU: The Caribbean Broadcasting Union joins the media fraternity around the region in condemning a disturbing incident at the premises of a Jamaican media house last week.

JAMAICA: Gunman shoots up Nationwide News Network car park

Loop Jamaica: Cabinet minister describes incident as a sad day for journalism in Jamaica.

MEXICO: 10 years telecom reform | How public are public media in Mexico 10 years after the reform (Spanish)

DPL News: How public are public media in Mexico? Do they really serve the citizens or rather other powers? The 2013 constitutional reform sought to change on a legal level the situation of public media, which for decades were openly subordinated to the government in power.

MEXICO: The Mexican Public Media System is fined (Spanish)

El Sol de Toluca: The Specialized Chamber determined that it disseminated electoral propaganda during a prohibited period, violated the political communication model and the principle of equity.

NICARAGUA: A rare chance to look into Nicaragua, a country that shuts itself off to journalists (Listen)

Wyoming Public Media: Over the past decade, Nicaragua has become one of the most authoritarian countries in the Western Hemisphere. For more than a year, the country has also shut out foreign journalists.

NICARAGUA: FLED documents five years of violations of Press Freedom in Nicaragua (Spanish)

Voces del Sur: The attacks during the five-year period April 2018-April 2023 were documented and systematized by the  Foundation for Freedom of Expression and Democracy  FLED, a period marked by violence, confiscations, persecution, exile and resilience of journalism in Nicaragua.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: MATT responds to AG’s comments on media oversight

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday: The Media Association of TT (MATT) has noted “with some concern” remarks made earlier this week by Attorney General Reginald Armour with respect to the regulation and training of traditional media practitioners and social media “journalists.”

VENEZUELA: VOA Statement Denouncing Venezuelan President’s Verbal Attacks Against VOA Spanish Journalist (Statement)

VOA: Voice of America condemns the recent comments by President Nicolás Maduro in which he assailed the integrity of VOA and its journalists reporting on conditions inside Venezuela.

REGIONAL: IAPA and allies promote the 2023 Global Summit on Disinformation (Spanish – Event)

IAPA: On September 27 and 28, 2023, the third edition of the Global Summit on Disinformation will be held, organized by the Inter-American Press Association, the Foundation for Journalism (Bolivia) and Proyecto Desconfío (Argentina).

REGIONAL: The Exodus of Central American Journalists Under Attack

Havana Times: Persecuted by regimes intolerant of free expression, reporters from Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador find themselves forced to work from exile.

IRAN: Iran Journalist Says She Was Sexually Assaulted During Arrest

VOA News: An Iranian journalist who interviewed the father of Mahsa Amini said she was sexually assaulted during her latest arrest and was now on hunger strike in prison, according to an audio message published Wednesday by several Persian media outlets and rights groups.

IRAN: Journalist Elaheh Mohammadi held for past 11 months for giving a voice to women

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release Elaheh Mohammadi, an Iranian journalist held for the past 11 months for covering the cause of women in Iran. She awaits a verdict in her trial while her twin sister, fellow journalist Elnaz Mohammadi, has just received a three-year suspended jail sentence.

ISRAEL: ‘Seize Control of the Media’: The Intimate Link Between Netanyahu’s Judicial and Media Coups

Haaretz: Netanyahu’s obsession with controlling the media has already led him to extreme, even potentially illegal, actions. Now, together with his Communications Minister, Shomo Karhi, he is super-charging his efforts to restrict scrutiny and ensure compliant coverage.

KUWAIT: Jail ‘for an opinion’: fears grow for Kuwait media freedom

France 24: A draft media law in Kuwait that threatens to outlaw criticism of top officials is causing anger in the country long considered to have the highest level of free expression in the Gulf.

PALESTINE: MADA: 84 Violations against media freedoms, 58 thereof committed by the Israeli Occupation

MADA Center: Violations against media freedoms in Palestine continued at the same high and extremely dangerous pace during August, despite a slight increase in their number compared to the previous month of July, as MADA documented 84 attacks against media freedoms compared to 80 violations committed documented during the previous month of July to increase by 5%.

SYRIA: Committee will investigate attacks on journalists in Northern and Eastern Syria

AFN English: A committee was established to investigate attacks on journalists, including the bombing of the vehicle belonging to JIN TV last month, in Northern and Eastern Syria.

TURKEY: Ads, Firings and Hostile Takeovers: How Turkey’s Govt Came to Control 90% of Its Media

The Wire: Just very recently, a prominent investigative Turkish journalist Barış Pehlivan, whose latest book accused Turkey’s last interior minister of having links with organised crime, has been locked up for the fifth time in three years.

TURKEY: Travel ban imposed on 2 journalists after complaint by top court judge

SCF: A Turkish court has imposed a travel ban on two journalists as part of a case launched over a complaint filed against them by İrfan Fidan, a judge serving on the Constitutional Court, Turkish Minute reported on Thursday.

YEMEN: IFJ calls on Yemeni President and Prime Minister to safeguard journalists’ unity and independence

IFJ: In a letter addressed to Yemeni President Mr Rashad Al ALIMI and Prime Minister Mr Maeenn Abdulmalik Saeed, on 5 September 2023, the IFJ has joined its affiliate the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate in expressing extreme concern over the six-month occupation of YJS’ offices in the city of Aden.

CANADA: All journalists deserve stable jobs and less precarious work

Canadian Association of Journalists: The increasing state of precarious employment sweeping across the Canadian journalism industry is an issue that will lead to devastating social impacts if it’s not stopped.  

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada celebrates Canadian storytellers at TIFF (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: TIFF 2023 selections supported by Canada’s national public broadcaster include new original docuseries Black Life: Untold Stories and Telling Our Story; Canadian features Backspot, Days of Happiness, Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person, I Am Sirat, Kanaval, Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe, The Nature of Love, The Queen of My Dreams, Solo and Swan Song; and short film The Skates.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada President Catherine Tait on C-18, media mistrust and her goals for the public broadcaster (Listen)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Public mistrust. Tech giant wars. Layoffs. The news about the news hasn’t been very positive lately. As for the public broadcaster? Loud calls to defund and reform, amidst all of the existing industry turmoil. Catherine Tait is the President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada – tasked with leading the organization through these tumultuous times. She speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the roadmap she’s crafting for the remainder of her term, and how she plans to navigate the bumpy road ahead.

CANADA: Conservatives vote against defunding CBC/Radio-Canada

Montreal Gazette: A resolution that criticized the public broadcaster for “increasingly politicized agendas in programming” was voted down at a policy workshop.

CANADA: Constant progress and listening records for ICI PREMIÈRE and ICI MUSIQUE (French – Press release)

Radio-Canada: ICI PREMIÈRE (95.1) and ICI MUSIQUE (100.7) have been growing for several seasons and are breaking listening records this summer season. Indeed, the share of ICI PREMIÈRE experienced a new summer listening record, with a share of 16.9%. For its part, ICI MUSIQUE also had a new summer listening record, with a share of 5.2%. 

CANADA: Journalists and public relations experts invite Meta to be shunned for a day (French)

Le Devoir: It’s the turn of journalists and public relations professionals to invite Canadians not to use Meta, Facebook and Instagram platforms on September 15 to denounce the company’s blocking of news.

US: 24 Public Media Journalists Named to Poynter-CPB Fellowship (Press release)

CPB: The Poynter Institute has announced the 24 journalists named to a fellowship designed to prepare public media leaders for the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing media landscape.

US: All-digital PBS Appalachia Virginia taps into regional pride for programs and funding (Paywall)

Current: The startup delivering PBS and local programs to southwestern Virginia aims to build a new model for public media in rural areas.

US: Four men indicted for alleged vandalism targeting New Hampshire Public Radio journalists (Paywall)

Current: The indictment links the incidents to the subject of an NHPR investigation.

US: NPR CEO John Lansing will leave in December, capping a tumultuous year

NPR: NPR chief executive John Lansing says he intends to retire at the end of 2023. His four-year tenure will be defined by his handling of the extreme challenges of the pandemic, a racial reckoning, and headwinds in the podcasting industry that led to severe layoffs.

US: Salt Lake City Noncommercial FM To Be Sold At Auction

InsideRadio: Fifteen years after Wasatch Public Media launched for the sole purpose of preserving KCPW (88.3) as a local public radio outlet, the station’s days appear numbered. Wasatch will auction off KCPW to the highest-bidder next month. 

US: The Importance of context, data, and expert sources in discussing Latino communities

Reynolds Journalism Institute: When journalists have to cover news that particularly affect or interest Latino communities, we cannot overlook providing the needed context.

10 early-stage newsrooms selected to join IPI’s New Media Incubator

IPI: IPI will finance and coach each news media startup on their path to sustainability

Advice to tackle rising disinformation ahead of pivotal elections globally

IJNet: From Argentina, where a far right libertarian candidate has emerged as the frontrunner in the general election this fall, to Mexico, India and the U.S. in 2024, the results of pivotal upcoming elections will have implications for democratic norms globally.

Brave Investigative Journalism Has Never Had Greater Currency, Yet Never Been Under Greater Threat (Opinion)

The Wire: Editor of Canada’s ‘Globe and Mail’ newspaper tells the M20 Media Freedom Summit in Delhi that journalism is an essential ingredient of life and G20 leaders should have nothing to fear about transparency and accuracy.

Can ❤️s change minds? How social media influences public opinion and news circulation

Nieman Lab: Social media use has been shown to decrease mental health and well-being, and to increase levels of political polarization.

Collaborative solutions journalism: Tips, tricks and opportunities

IJNet: Audiences across the globe are avoiding the news, as people report feeling anxious and powerless from an overwhelming amount of negative news.

Editorial ‘co-pilots’ and monetising archives: Generative AI in action at ITN, Future, Bauer, AP and others

Press Gazette: At the Future of Media Technology Conference 2022, there were no mentions of generative AI. By contrast, this year there were two panels explicitly devoted to the subject and countless more discussions throughout the day.

How journalism should face the unchecked threats of generative AI (Opinion)

Poynter: Fact accuracy has been under assault for more than 20 years. It began when corporate owners reaped huge profits without reinvesting in newsrooms. 

How scientists can help reporters cover disasters

Undark: ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS naturally spark anxiety as people fear for their personal safety, their homes, and their communities. And while a disaster can be viewed as a crisis, it can also be “a moment of opportunity,” writes ocean chemist Christopher Reddy in his new book, “Science Communication in a Crisis: An Insider’s Guide.”

Immigrant journalists share stories of exile from their home countries

New Canadian Media: A new anthology by 15 refugee journalists and writers from 14 countries who now call Canada home.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – 2023 Global Commemoration (Event)

UNESCO: This year, the main commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists will take place on 2 -3 November, 2023 at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C.

Journalists and academics can be “curators of truth and educators at heart,” says Oxford University Vice-Chancellor at our reunion

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Irene Tracey celebrates the Institute’s global focus and its commitment to seek truth and report it at the 40-year anniversary of our Fellowship

M20 Editors Meeting Stresses Importance of Media Freedom for G20 Leaders’ Summit

The Wire: New Delhi: Editors and journalists from most of the G20 countries came together in an online Media Freedom Summit called ‘M20’ on September 6 to discuss the challenges faced by the media in their respective countries and regions. The purpose of the M20 Media Freedom Summit was to raise the media’s shared concerns and send a message to the G20 leaders meeting in New Delhi for their annual summit on September 9-10 that freedom of the press matters.

Newsroom AI guidelines ‘lack teeth,’ study finds (Opinion)

Poynter: I’ve started three recent workshops on artificial intelligence with the same question: “Who do you serve: The audience or the bottom line?” And as newsrooms roll out guidelines for AI use, it’s troubling to see few are incorporating audience feedback or plans to enforce the rules.

Risk assessments can make journalism safer


Ten major trends in news consumption publishers need to be thinking about

Press Gazette: News avoidance and the displacement of publishers by social media as a primary source for news were among ten key trends discussed by Nic Newman of the Reuters Institute in his presentation to the Press Gazette Future of Media Technology Conference in London.

Tips to conduct investigations for TV, from ICFJ Knight Award winner Riad Kobaissi

IJNet: The 2020 Beirut port blast – one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history – killed more than 200 people and injured over 6,500. It left Lebanon reeling.

What we learnt at our 40-year Fellowship reunion about the future of news

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Almost 200 alumni of our Journalist Fellowship descended upon Oxford over a muggy September weekend to celebrate 40 years of a programme which has provided a life-changing opportunity for hundreds of journalists from around the world. 

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