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Take a look at some of the things we are currently reading in our newsroom that you should be aware of
While some government’s around the world debate the legitimacy of citizen and mobile journalism, a new app promises to streamline the process of acquiring the content between citizen journalists and traditional media. MyScoop is an app that allows citizen journalists who capture exclusive, breaking content to upload their videos or pictures to the app to then be freely downloaded or paid for by publishers, Journalism.co.uk reports. The app, which is only for users over the age of 17, requires users to have a smartphone and most interestingly, gives citizen journalists the power to set the price for their footage.
In light of the public’s growing distrust of news media organisations around the world, Coin Telegraph delves into how blockchain technology has the potential to make journalism more credible. Shiraz Jagati of Coin Telegraph writes, “… the tamper-proof aspect of most blockchain systems can help establish a standard of transparency that will be needed to prove the authenticity of any images being used in news stories as well as for combatting issues such as ‘deepfakes’”. Though this technology can improve the transparency within mainstream media, he concedes that the uptake may be slow.
Columbia Journalism Review | What it means to get the election wrong
As the world waits anxiously for the final results of the 2020 US presidential election to be revealed, Jon Allsop writes in this insightful piece for the Columbia Journalism Review what it means for the mainstream media to get the election wrong. “We should also be careful, in our introspection, to distinguish between what it means to be factually wrong and what it means to be morally wrong. We clearly missed an ongoing groundswell of pro-Trump sentiment.” What are the lessons for the media going forward?
Following a report by the Inhlase Centre for Investigative Journalism, which exposed how community broadcasters in Eswatini were being blocked from going on air to educate rural communities about Covid-19, the country’s parliament has tabled legislation which would end the 56-year monopoly of the state broadcaster, the Daily Maverick reports. The “state-controlled” broadcaster aims to maintain the status quo and does not allow for opposing views, but the legislation would change that. “The new broadcast Bill seeks to provide for the maximum availability of broadcasting services to the people through a three-tier system of public, commercial, and community services.” While the move is a step in the right direction, the jury’s out on whether King Mswati will agree to sign the bill into law.