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How to integrate data journalism

Every news organization wishes it could have more reporters with data skills on staff. But not every news organization can afford to make data a priority — and even those that do can sometimes find the right candidates hard to find.

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Why journalism needs permanent innovation

Why journalism needs permanent innovation | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Some journalists are of course innovative, but I do not have the feeling that the need for innovation is perceived as something really urgent within the profession. The big changes of the last 10 years have come from the outside world, from people who are not journalists.

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The impact of social media on newsrooms

The impact of social media on newsrooms | The Journalist | Scoop.it

CBS News anchor Sean McLaughlin says Twitter and Facebook have changed the essence of how journalists do their jobs. The changes not only affect the gathering and production of news, but also job responsibilities across the newsroom.

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What makes a story go viral?

What makes a story go viral? | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Every online news outlet is trying to master viral content, but there’s a key secret to producing shareable articles that most news sites fail to understand. Given Buzzfeed’s soaring growth, there’s a common misconception that light-hearted content, whether in the form of cat videos or lifestyle list stories, makes for the most compelling articles on the social web. A recent Foreign Policy post juxtaposing images of hairless cats and Russian President Vladimir Putin is just one example of how large news outlets are implementing this strategy. But, one review of some simple data on shareable content shows why this approach is fundamentally flawed.

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This is encouraging: people are more likely to share quality stories than funny cat photos.

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What future for Al Jazeera?

What future for Al Jazeera? | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Al Jazeera is well-funded and doesn't need to make money. But its prospects, here and in Middle East, are uncertain

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EBU URGES GREEK GOVERNMENT TO REVERSE DECISION ON ERT

GENEVA, 11 JUNE 2013


Today the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) expressed profound dismay on behalf of Europe’s entire public service media community at reports that ERT – a founding Member of the EBU in 1950 – has been shut down with immediate effect. Emergency powers granted to the Finance Minister and the competent Minister have been used to stop ERT’s transmissions, leaving Greek citizens wishing to watch ERT programmes in front of black screens.

 

In a letter sent today to the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, the President of the EBU, Jean Paul Philippot and the EBU Director General, Ingrid Deltenre urged Mr Samaras  “to use all his powers to immediately reverse this decision”.

 

The existence of public service media and their independence from government lie at the heart of democratic societies, and therefore any far-reaching changes to the public media system should only be decided after an open and inclusive democratic debate in Parliament – and not through a simple agreement between two government ministers.

 

In the letter, the EBU stresses the importance of public service media as an essential pillar of democratic and pluralistic societies across Europe.  

 

The EBU President and DG go on to highlight that “While we recognize the need to make budgetary savings, national broadcasters are more important than ever at times of national difficulty. This is not to say that ERT need be managed less efficiently than a private company. Naturally, all public funds must be spent with the greatest of care.”

 

The EBU is on standby to offer its knowledge of Europe's public service media to provide the advice, assistance and expertise necessary for ERT to be preserved as a true public broadcaster in the European mould.

 

 

For further information, please contact:


MICHELLE ROVERELLI, Head of Communications,
T +41 (0)22 717 2204
M +41 (0)79 647 1724
E roverelli@ebu.ch

ABOUT THE EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION (EBU)

 

The EBU is the world's foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with Members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond.

The EBU's mission is to defend the interests of public service media and to promote their indispensable contribution to modern society. It is the point of reference for industry knowledge and expertise.

 

The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO.

 

EUROVISION is the media industry's premier distributor and producer of top quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture and music content.

 

EURORADIO enhances public service radio through the exchange of music, professional networking and the promotion of digital and hybrid radio – to ensure radio remains a key protagonist in a multimedia world.

 

The EUROVISION/EURORADIO satellite and fibre network is the largest and most reliable in the world directly plugged in to public service media everywhere.

 

web: www.ebu.ch - twitter: @EBU_Eurovision  @Euroradio_EBU

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PRISM scoop: triumph of the blogger as journalist

The Guardian and blogger Glenn Greenwald shocked the U.S. and much of the world with their stories about government surveillance, scoops that may have come about in part due to their outsider status in U.S.

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Manning, Assange and Deep Throat

Manning, Assange and Deep Throat | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Former NOS Editor-in-chief Hans Laroes shares some thoughts on Bradley Manning, Wikileaks and why the Watergate Deep Throat wouldn't get very far today.

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To sting or not to sting?

To sting or not to sting? | The Journalist | Scoop.it

The line that editors walk between legitimate investigation and entrapment can sometimes be a fine one, says The Guardian's Roy Greenslade.

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The beauty of misinformation

Data visualisation creates powerful, elegant images from complex data. It’s like good prose: a pleasure to experience and a force for good in the right hands, but also seductive and potentially deceptive. Because we have less experience of data visualisation than of rhetoric, we are naive, and allow ourselves to be dazzled.

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The value of 'citizen reporting'

The value of 'citizen reporting' | The Journalist | Scoop.it
After the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, a British soldier, in London on May 22nd, many viewers watched a video of one of his suspected killers, with bloodstained hands and a meat cleaver, addressing onlookers. The video was broadcast first on ITV News, a British network, which dozens of media firms then credited. But that video was not a piece of professional journalism. It was shot on a BlackBerry by a man on his way to a job interview. Shortly after the killing, ITV sent journalists and producers to the scene. The man shared his video but asked to remain anonymous.
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The Economist looks at the complementary skills of citizen and professional journalists
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When is it right to show violent images?

When is it right to show violent images? | The Journalist | Scoop.it

What are the ethical responsibilities of public service journalists covering events as dramatic and disturbing as the recent attack in the London suburb of Woolwich, in which a man was hacked to death? ITV’s decision to broadcast pictures of one of the attackers with his hands apparently covered in blood has provoked a fierce debate.

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Should speaking to journalists 'off the record' guarantee anonymity?

Why should we believe claims made in The Times and the Daily Telegraph that a senior Tory referred to the party's activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons"? Because, frankly, it stretches credulity to think that two reporters from competing titles would concoct a fake story based on such a specific quote.

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The blurred line between journalists and citizens

The blurred line between journalists and citizens | The Journalist | Scoop.it

The fact that it is more difficult than ever to decide who qualifies as a “journalist” may make for a confusing media landscape, and it may trouble some professional journalists and media outlets, but in the long run we are better off.

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More vital than ever to invest in trustworthy media

Think of the big things that happen in the world and how you know about them. Stockholm riots, National Security Agency surveillance, the Syrian war. Then think about three small things you need to know: football club fixtures, kids exam results, a good restaurant to eat tonight. It's clear that there's huge demand for media that gives us useful, timely, reliable and important news, data and opinion. So why is there a crisis for those whose job it is to deliver it?

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An ethical code for opinion journalism

An ethical code for opinion journalism | The Journalist | Scoop.it

The Pew Research Center’s recent report, The State of the News Media 2013, documents what we all have observed — more news chattering and less news gathering.

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All journalism is advocacy

What is the stuff we call journalism that doesn’t advocate for people or principles, that doesn’t serve the public need? At worst, it’s exploitation — audience- or sales- or click- or ratings-bait — at best it’s entertainment. The first is pejorative, the second need not be, as entertainment — whether a journalistic narrative or a book or a show or movie — can still inform and enlighten. But if it doesn’t carry information that people can use to better organize their lives or their society, I’d say it fails the journalism test.
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Renewing the youth audience for news

Renewing the youth audience for news | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Robert Freeman is a social media specialist with the BBC College of Journalism. Robert was Head of Multimedia at The Press Association and Head of Video at The Guardian, as well as a member of BBC News Online's original launch team.

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Slouching toward sensor journalism

Slouching toward sensor journalism | The Journalist | Scoop.it

The problem with most news apps and data journalism is that they rely on the government to produce the data. If the government keeps numbers and you can pry it loose, game on. But what happens when the government doesn’t keep the data? Or you have a reason to believe it’s fatally flawed? Or what if you just want more?

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The problem with data journalism as practised in most newsrooms is that it usually relies on other people's data. It's a classic case of Garbage In - Garbage Out. The problem I see here is that most of the journalists I know simply don't have either the technical or scientific skills to acquire their own data.

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“Occupy Gezi” protests sparks crackdown on news providers

“Occupy Gezi” protests sparks crackdown on news providers | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the growing number of news providers being arrested in connection with the continuing anti-government protests in Turkey.

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Twitter and Traditional Media: Rivals or Lovers?

Twitter and Traditional Media: Rivals or Lovers? | The Journalist | Scoop.it
Debate is growing over whether social networks such as Twitter will overtake beacons of journalism like The New York Times.
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How the Guardian built multimedia interactive Firestorm

How the Guardian built multimedia interactive Firestorm | The Journalist | Scoop.it
A look at the process behind creating the narrative and 'rich article pages' which make up the Guardian's new interactive feature about the Tasmanian bushfires.
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When we're discussing the future of news online, a lot of the focus is still on bite-sized video clips. But the Guardian shows us - like NYT's 'Snow Fall' - the enormous potential for combining long-form narrative with stunning visuals.
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UGC: free isn't its competitive advantage

For news organisations to survive and thrive, they have to understand their competitive advantage and the relative competitive advantage of different digital strategies. I was reminded how important this is when I read a great article by Anika Gupta, the product manager for Citizen Journalist Online, a new user-generated content portal for Indian news channel CNN-IBN. Writing on MediaNama, Gupta points out that free content is not the competitive advantage for user-generated content: "Either you pay content producers or you pay content editors, but somebody has to get paid. There is no such thing as a free lunch."

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Embrace user-generated content because it adds voices and opinions to your output and enables you to develop a deeper relationship with your community, says Kevin Anderson.
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10 questions for Barbara Serra

10 questions for Barbara Serra | The Journalist | Scoop.it

Barbara Serra is a news presenter and correspondent with Al Jazeera English. She anchors the main news programmes from Al Jazeera’s London broadcast centre and has also reported extensively from across Europe and the Middle East.

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Turkey's citizen journalists who cover the stories MSM won't touch

In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The case is legally open to the public, but no journalists are present in the small, cramped courtroom. After several hours, one of the police officers perusing his Twitter account outside discovers that someone is tweeting updates from the trial. He marches in during a break and angrily forbids the unknown user from covering proceedings. When the Tweets continue, the officer informs the judge, who also insists the tweets stop.

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