German video and mobile journalist Björn Staschen and Dutch multimedia trainer Wytse Vellinga have written a highly useful, hands-on, English-language guide for journalists seeking to tell stories using their smartphones. At more than 200 pages, the book targets radio, TV, and multimedia journalists working for both classic media outlets as well as social media or online platforms, whether as freelancers or staff reporters and editors. In addition to 100 pictures and tables, Staschen and Vellinga assemble a host of mobile app tips on major platforms (iOs & Android) as well as guides to hardware and equipment.
After a one-year hiatus, the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund has returned for 2021. Led by the International Press Institute as well as the European Journalism Centre and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, IJ4EU will make €1.1 million ($1.33 million) available to cross-border projects in EU member states (or at least one EU country and Britain). Money can be used for almost any relevant journalistic purpose, including paying salaries. The backbone of the program is the Investigation Support Scheme, which offers grants of between €5,000 - €50,000 ($6040 - $60,400) for new cross-border investigative projects. Interested journalists are encouraged to visit the IJ4EU site to sign up.
A pre-jury of nine international data journalism experts has announced the shortlist of for the 2021 Sigma Awards. A total of 141 data-driven journalism projects made the cut and will now move on to the juried selection process to determine the winning entries, which will share a $5,000 cash prize. Check out the interactive database of entries, which also can be sorted by region or team size.
Source: Sigma Awards
The Google News Initiative is now running free verification workshops for university students, journalists, and fact-checkers in seven languages (English, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Thai). They will cover basic verification skills including the misinformation landscape, geolocation, examining sources, and fact-checking ethics. These workshops will be run jointly with GNI partners across Asia. Registration is open now and the workshops will run between May 24 - June 9, 2021.
YouTube is spending $7 million to fund two new programs to help journalists looking to build an audience on YouTube, according to Axios. It's the first time YouTube is spending money to fund journalism independently of the $300 million Google has dedicated to journalism programs through its Google News Initiative. Both new initiatives are year-long programs, designed to help digital-first journalists learn how to build audiences and brands on YouTube.
An epidemic of online violence against female journalists worldwide is undermining their reporting, spilling over into real-life attacks and harassment, and puts their health and professional prospects in jeopardy, a report commissioned by the UN has found. The report, which draws on a survey of 901 journalists from 125 countries, found that the abuse and threats are not only damaging but also weaponized “to undercut public trust in critical journalism and facts in general." It noted that online violence against women journalists is "designed to belittle, humiliate, and shame; induce fear, silence, and retreat; discredit them professionally, undermining accountability, journalism and trust in facts,” and also aims to freeze women out of public debate.