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.
Posted on: May 14, 2021
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.
Posted on: May 13, 2021
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
Posted on: May 10, 2021
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.
Posted on: May 7, 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.
Posted on: May 6, 2021
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.
Posted on: May 5, 2021
Conventional satellite data comes with caveats. Clouds constitute one major problem; they can cover an area of interest and miss, say, illegal at-sea shipments or the illegal cutting of forests when they can hide behind the spying eyes of satellite images. But the latest generation of satellite earth monitoring technology has some answers. Check out HawkEye 360, which is using formation-flying satellites to build a class of radio frequency (RF) data, or Capella Space, the San Francisco-based outfit which issues high-quality Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery -- microwave data sent by an active sensor.
Posted on: April 29, 2021
As Beijing moves to stamp out dissent in Hong Kong, the news media is under direct assault. Traditional pressure tactics, such as advertising boycotts, have been eclipsed by the sort of bare-knuckles campaign that could leave prominent journalists silenced and their outlets transformed or closed. Recent targets include the freewheeling pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, whose founder was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week, and RTHK, a public broadcaster known for its deep investigations. This week one of the network’s prizewinning producers, Choy Yuk-ling, was found guilty of making false statements to obtain public records for a report that was critical of the police. She was ordered to pay a fine of 6,000 Hong Kong dollars, about $775.
Source: The New York Times
Posted on: April 23, 2021
Have an investigation idea related to diversity, minorities, or migration? The International Press Institute's NewsSpectrum Fellowship program provides grants for journalistic collaboration between journalists working in minority languages and partnering media outlets. The Fellowship’s Collaborative Reporting Scheme funds public-interest reporting with grants of up to €12,000 ($15,000). All types of reporting are eligible – including investigative journalism – and stories can be published in any format. Digital/audiovisual storytelling techniques are welcome. Applications are open now with a deadline of May 28.
Posted on: April 22, 2021
The 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders shows that journalism, the main vaccine against disinformation, is completely or partly blocked in 73% of the 180 countries ranked by the organization. This year’s Index, which evaluates the press freedom situation in 180 countries and territories annually, shows that journalism is totally blocked or seriously impeded in 73 countries and constrained in 59 others. These countries are classified as having “very bad,” “bad” or “problematic” environments for press freedom. The Index data reflect a dramatic deterioration in people's access to information and an increase in obstacles to news coverage. The coronavirus pandemic has been used as grounds to block journalists’ access to information sources and reporting in the field.
Posted on: April 20, 2021