Guilty Plea in Case of Malta’s Caruana Galizia

One of three men accused of planting and detonating the car bomb that killed the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty.

Vincent Muscat is the first person to be convicted of the killing, which has embroiled Malta’s ruling Labour party in political scandal and led to the resignation of its prime minister in late 2019.

Caruana Galizia uncovered networks of corruption in the country and abroad and was called a "one-woman Wikileaks."

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: February 24, 2021

#IJ4EU Award Shortlist Announced

The #IJ4EU Impact Award, which celebrates cross-border investigative journalism in Europe, and anywhere in the world, has announced its shortlist. Several GIJN members made the 10 shortlisted projects, including the ICIJ's FinCEN Files and Luanda Leaks, openDemocracy's Global Anti-Abortion Misinformation, and the OCCRP's Dodgy Paperwork Undermining Europe’s COVID Fight, The Troika Laundromat, and Fraud Factory. Winners will then be announced at the #IJ4EU Impact Award ceremony on Wednesday 14th April at 18:00 CET, as part of the #UNCOVERED virtual conference.

Source: #IJ4EU

Posted on: February 22, 2021

Call for Nominations: Knight International Journalism Awards

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is seeking nominations for the 2021 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Awards. The award honors pioneering coverage or media innovations that have a significant impact on the lives of people around the world. Candidates can be reporters, editors, technologists, media managers, or citizen journalists. The 2020 ICFJ Knight Award winners were Lina Attalah and Roman Anin. All nominations must be submitted by Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Source: ICFJ

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Facebook Blocks News in Australia

Facebook and Google have fought hard to prevent an Australian law which would require both Google and Facebook to negotiate with media publishers and compensate them for the content that appears on their sites. It is expected to pass this week or next. But the two companies sharply diverged on how to head off that regulatory future. Google unveiled a three-year global agreement with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to pay for the publisher’s news content, one of several such deals it has announced recently where it appears to be effectively capitulating to publishers’ demands. Hours later, Facebook took the opposite tack and said it would restrict people and publishers from sharing or viewing news links in Australia, in a move that was effective immediately.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 18, 2021

Bangladeshi Lawyer Files Sedition Case Against Al Jazeera

A government-linked Bangladeshi lawyer has filed a sedition case over an Al Jazeera investigative report that revealed how a criminal gang is colluding with Bangladesh’s security forces, and has links to the country’s prime minister. The case, which was filed at a court in Dhaka on Wednesday, argues that Al Jazeera’s report – "All the Prime Minister’s Men" – was “fictitious and flawed,” Dhaka Tribune reported. Local reports indicated that the lawyer behind the case said Al Jazeera’s reporting “tarnished the image of Bangladesh’s government and the state at home and abroad, which amounts to sedition."

Source: Al Jazeera

Posted on: February 18, 2021

Online Conference for Journalists: The Power of Narrative 2021

Journalists can sign up to a free conference and workshop hosted by the Boston University College of Communication highlighting the power of in-depth storytelling. Among the speakers are two Pulitzer Prize winners, including Jacqui Banaszynski, who until recently held the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold. Events take place on March 19.

Source: Boston University College of Communication

Posted on: February 12, 2021

New EU Fellowship for Minority Language Media

The International Press Institute and the European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages announced the launch of NewsSpectrum, a fellowship program designed to encourage working partnerships between minority-language media, including migrant-language media, and their majority-language counterparts across the EU. NewsSpectrum will provide a total of $580,000 in grants to media professionals working in minority- and majority-language media outlets through two fellowship programs, the Collaborative Reporting Fellowships and the Professional Placement Fellowship.

Source: International Press Institute

Posted on: February 11, 2021

China: A Plan to Muzzle COVID-19 Journalists?

China has announced that a journalist's entire history of social media posts -- regardless of whether they are professional or personal statements -- will be evaluated to determine if they're politically acceptable before reporters are granted renewed press accreditation.

The move raises fears that those who covered the early days of the coronavirus crisis in China could see their press credentials stripped, and that reporting by citizen journalists could be silenced, with media outlets facing harsh penalties for employing reporters without valid press accreditation. China says the move is designed to "build a team of journalists who are politically strong, realistic, and innovative."

Source: Deutsche Welle

Posted on: February 10, 2021

Free Newsletter Course for Journalists

The Knight Center is hosting a new MOOC, "Newsletter Strategies for Journalists: How to Create, Grow & Monetize Newsletters." During this four-week massive open online course, which will be held from February 22 to March 21, 2021, students will learn the fundamental skills required to launch and maintain a newsletter through a standard product lifecycle, and how a newsletter can fit into their work product and serve their audience. The course will be taught by Joseph Lichterman, who leads editorial and digital strategy for The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

Source: Knight Center

Posted on: February 9, 2021

AP Stylebook’s Impeachment 101

To help with coverage of former US President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, The Associated Press has prepared a guide with key background, explanation, and style points. It includes how impeachment works, the details of current impeachment proceedings versus the previous one, as well as key figures in the current process. The guide is part of AP Stylebook's Online Topical Guides, which cover a range of timely events in the news.

Source: AP Stylebook

Posted on: February 5, 2021