- China’s latest internet controls to stifle free expression. The new regulations, issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China, require that news websites be incorporated in China and be managed by a Chinese citizen. Joint ventures involved in gathering or disseminating news need special security clearance. Business and news operations are to be separated, with only publicly-funded news gathering operations allowed. A range of fines, generally up to 30,000 yuan (US$4353), is specified for different infractions, which may also be referred for criminal investigation.
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > China: between traditional and digital media
- Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia. Turkish regulators blocked access to the reference website Wikipedia, saying it supported “terrorism,” the BBC reported on April 29. TV news channel NTV cited an official who said that the government contacted the website to demand that it remove “a massive amount” of material from the site and complained that articles on the website “portrayed Turkey on the same level as terrorist organizations.” When Wikipedia refused to remove the material, the Turkish government blocked access to it in the country. According to NTV, Turkey expects Wikipedia to open an office in Turkey, to “obey international laws, not to participate in the operations of [vilifying] Turkey,” and “to respect the orders of [Turkish] courts.”
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > Turkey: internet shutdowns, an emerging threat to journalism
- “Journalism Matters” is an Al Jazeera project developed for World Press Freedom Day 2017 in consultation with UNESCO.
- The increasing importance of investigative journalism. “From the US to Azerbaijan, exposing corruption is vital despite intimidation from criminal networks and governments.”
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > Women on the front line in the fight for freedom of expression
- Mexico is the most dangerous place for journalists in the Western Hemisphere: 37 journalists have been murdered for their work since 1992. Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Authorities have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate attacks and establish a protection mechanism, but a lack of political will to end impunity exposes Mexican journalists to one of the most dangerous environments in the world. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > A world of censorship
- The creator of Google News has an idea for how platforms can help stop fake news. Krishna Bharat published a Medium post that outlined a way that platforms could use a combination of algorithms and human editors to cut off certain stories as they begin to gain traction through shares, searches, and other types of engagement. He describes this phenomenon as a wave.
- A former fake news creator on covering fake news. The creator of the Denver Guardian and other fake news sites on the financial motivations behind misinformation. “While some suggest fake news is responsible for the decline in trust in traditional media sources, I would argue the opposite. Fake news is the result of declining trust. As consumers of content become more disheartened by trusted sources, they seek information from sources that are less credible. In that regard, President Trump may be a blessing in that his continued criticism of the media has led to deep conversations about the future of journalism and the important role played by the fourth estate.”
- Startup that promises ‘no-bullshit journalism’ nets serious cash. Republik raised more than $2 million in two weeks (along with $3.5 million of investor money) to do longform journalism.
- Subject expertise, social cues, and promotions are the three big reasons people pay for news. A new, exhaustive survey from the Media Insight Project (a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research) offers plenty of insight into payers and nonpayers — and the differences between the two groups.
- The New York Times now has more than 2 million digital-only subscriptions. President and chief executive officer Mark Thompson has set a goal of eventually reaching 10 million subscribers, and the company plans to double its total digital revenue by 2020.
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > Enough said What’s gone wrong with the language of politics? With Mark Thompson
- Wikitribune venture will not address journalism’s underlying issues. “Jimmy Wales’s crowdfunded experiment seems to intend to use practices already well-established elsewhere”, said Emily Bell.
- Facebook is adding 3,000 people to its community operations team to tackle its distressing live video issue. “In addition to investing in more people, we’re also building better tools to keep our community safe. We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg.
- Some takeaways from Electionland, a 1,000-person effort covering Election Day voting issues. A comprehensive new report debriefing the Electionland initiative released Thursday examines every step in the collaboration, from the selection of newsroom partners, to the legwork done before Election Day itself, to the technical effort that went into setting up social verification and communication tools, to the physical layout of the Electionland newsroom hosted at CUNY, to a post mortem on the voting issues captured and stories written at the end of it all. (Just naming all the people involved in Electionland takes up five full pages at the end of this report.)
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > Electionland: the biggest social newsgathering project ever
- How to make local/national journalism collaborations work. Working together doesn’t always come easy to news organizations. Here are the hurdles — and how best to get around them.
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > Collaborative fact-checking to monitor elections
- What AJ+ is learning about news bots. Facebook Messenger functions as a mass-messaging platform, with a reported 2 billion messages exchanged per month and over 100,000 active bots on the Messenger platform.
🎥 #ijf17 on demand > Bots for journalism: where next?
- Facebook says it shouldn’t have told an advertiser how to reach emotionally ‘insecure’ teens. Facebook has responded to a report by The Australian that said the company showed at least one advertiser how to reach emotionally “insecure” and vulnerable teens on its network.
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