5 years ago I wrote about a network infrastructure for journalists working online. I explained how RSS readers, social networks and social bookmarking were being increasingly used to improve on the roles that newswires, contacts books and archives played in the traditional newsroom. Well here's an update: not only is that infrastructure now a reality,…
Whether you are a reporter, an activist, a business leader, a health worker or a regular citizen how can you know when public figures tell the truth and when they distort it? How can you decide what claims are fair and who to trust? To produce the reports for this site, we have used our …
De plus en plus de radios privées africaines font jeu égal, voire distancent les grandes radios internationales. De la Côte d’Ivoire au Tchad, en passant par le Sénégal, rencontre avec ces radios 5 étoiles.
With the development of its FlexiProd project, Belgium’s RTBF is preparing for the future of radio. Described as, “an evolution toward digital hybrid smart radio,” by RTBF director general Francis Goffin, the project places 25 Lawo crystal mixing consoles at its core.
The scheme involves constructing eight on-air studios and 14 production/editing rooms, and the building of two OB vehicles. It also requires complete re- organisation and updating of the broadcaster’s working process, with studios, OB and staff to be ready by September 2015.
“Flexible production is what FlexiProd stands for,” explains Laurent Finet, RTBF’s director of Radio Production and Digital Innovation. He anticipates eliminating separate presenter, production and technical operation roles: “Ideally, everybody should be able to present a radio program,” he says.
Investigative reporting and more from our Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.
Spotlight on investigative reporting in Africa
The recent work of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), founded by ICFJ Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein, was presented at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.
ANCIR has been integral to exposing the hidden networks of the Italian mafia in Africa. In a joint investigation with the Investigative Reporting Project Italy and CORRECT!V, ANCIR details the Italian mafia’s control of Africa’s diamond empire and the intricate network of proxies used to hide and launder money. The work was picked up by Mail & Guardian, a well-known online news site in Africa.
In other Africa-related news, ICFJ Knight Fellow Friedrich Lindenberg helped ANCIR and a coalition of investigative organizations expose the World Bank’s “broken promise” to “protect the poor.” The International Center for Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post, El Pais, the Guardian, Fusion, The Investigative Fund, the GroundTruth Project, Brazil’s Agência Pública and Nigeria’s Premium Times all published their investigations, drawing global attention and response from the president Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank Group’s 2015 spring meeting that the Bank would review its resettlement policies.
Silverman, a fellow with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, penned the new report on how news sites spread and falsify online rumors and unverified information. Here's a preview.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s endorsement today of guarantees for freedom of information and media in the UN’s next set of global development goals. In his long-waited “synthesis” report on the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, presented to the General Assembly in New York today, the Secretary General states that “press freedom, access to information and freedom of expression” are essential “enablers of sustainable development.”
As part of the 'Beyond Propaganda' series, Factual Entertainment examines the importance of "Media Literacy" as a tool for countering information wars, lies, and hate speech. With a special focus on the Middle East and Ukraine, author Paul Copeland demonstrates how mainstream entertainment television and online products can be used to teach audiences the difference between accurate, informational reporting—and manipulative propaganda.
BANGUI, 14 juillet 2016 (RJDH)–L’audience de la 3e Chambre de la Cour des Comptes s’est ouverte ce 13 juillet et s’est statuée sur l’exercice budgétaire du Haut Conseil de Communication. L’objet de cette audience est d’inviter les responsables de cette institution de rendre compte de leur gestion allant de la période de 2008 à 2010.Read More
Do not envy U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith, who recently took the helm of one of the world’s largest development organizations. Violent extremism is on the rise. The largest number of refugees since World War II are fleeing intractable wars in the Middle East, Africa, Central America and elsewhere. Humanitarian crises caused by droughts and natural disasters are likely to persist. Widespread corruption continues, undermining the legitimacy of governments. Over a billion people still live in extreme poverty.
Emergencies like these, coupled with tight budgets, make it tempting to cut into investments that do not relieve immediate human suffering. [...]
Community media (from radio to locally created news apps), last mile infrastructure to ensure that communities have the means to access information, and well-implemented laws that protect and ensure people’s right to information are all critical. [...]
During the America East conference, Levitz spoke with panelists from The Hill, Billy Penn and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Journalism Sustainability Project about audience engagement, and she carries on the conversation here.
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