How bad are things for the Turkish media? A new story in NiemanReports paints a dismaying picture of a once vibrant news media in free fall, after 20 years of attacks. The Erdoğan regime jails journalists like China, shutters media outlets like Iran, has cronies buy others like Hungary, uses the judicial system like Poland, and has goons -- online and in person -- attack journalists like Russia. There is hope: journo.com.tr, a new nonprofit platform "for next-generation journalists," is making waves and showing a way forward.
Medical data is no longer just the purview of epidemiologists. Journalists reporting on COVID-19 have a particular obligation to understand the data, to add context, and to acknowledge uncertainty when reporting the numbers. The Radio Television Digital News Foundation put out this guide to common COVID-19 metrics to help journalists understand how each data point is calculated, what it means and, importantly, what it doesn’t mean. This includes explanations of: positive cases, positivity rate, infection rate, hospitalizations, recovered cases, fatalities, and fatality rate.
Journalists and civil society representatives in Serbia have accused the government of trying to silence critics after it emerged that the finance ministry’s Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering has sought access to bank data dating from January 1, 2019, for 20 individuals and 37 NGOs, including a number of investigative media outlets and high-profile human rights organizations. The list includes GIJN member groups, including Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Serbia, as well as both of Serbia’s major journalism associations.
Journalism.co.uk rounded up a selection of the latest podcasts made just for journalists. You'll find: Media Tribe, featuring interviews with critically acclaimed journalists, directors, and media executives; The Mobile Storytelling Podcast with advice on everything from clever hacks to try at home to using your smartphones for coronavirus coverage; Subscription Stories on successful member acquisition and retention methods; and Freelancing for Journalists with advice and support for freelancers.
A self-confessed middleman in the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been found with stab wounds in his police-protected residence the night before he was due to give evidence at trial. Melvin Theuma is currently being treated after suffering "serious injuries" that a preliminary investigation found to be self-inflicted. Theuma was due to appear in court this week to give evidence over the assassination of Caruana Galizia, who was killed when a bomb was detonated inside her car in October 2017.
In response to the exceptional work of journalists and filmmakers covering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries, the One World Media Awards are launching the Coronavirus Reporting Award 2020. The Award will champion stories that show what is happening beyond the UK's borders and will spotlight international perspectives on the pandemic. All entries should focus on stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia or the Post-Soviet States. Jurors will be looking for media that covers underreported stories or new angles and approaches to more familiar stories. It will be for media in any format, including print, film, audio, or digital media and is open for entries now. Deadline is July 30 2020.
Source: One World Media Trust