Turkey’s News Media Falls into Abyss

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.

Source: NiemanReports

Posted on: August 6, 2020

Journalists’ Guide to COVID-19 Data

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.

Source: RTDNF

Posted on: July 30, 2020

Serbian Authorities Seek Bank Data of Investigative Media

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.

Source: BalkanInsight

Posted on: July 29, 2020

6 New Journalism Podcasts to Check Out

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.

Source: Journalism.co.uk

Posted on: July 27, 2020

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Middleman Found Stabbed

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.

Source: Euronews

Posted on: July 22, 2020

Announcing the Coronavirus Reporting Award 2020

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

Posted on: July 21, 2020

Google to Ban Ads on Debunked Coronavirus Conspiracy Stories

Beginning next month, Google will ban publishers from using its ad platform to show advertisements next to content that promotes conspiracy theories about COVID-19. It will also ban ads that promote those theories. In cases where a particular site publishes a certain threshold of material that violates these policies, it will ban the entire site from using its ad platforms. Banned claims would include conspiracy theories like vaccines being attempts to genetically modify the population, that Bill Gates created Covid-19, or that the disease was a bioweapon made in a Chinese lab.

Source: CNBC

Posted on: July 20, 2020

New on GIJN: Journalism Jobs Board

We get a lot of job notices at GIJN, so we've finally created a jobs board on our site. The listings are limited to international jobs in investigative journalism reporting, training, and teaching through our network of 184 media nonprofits in 77 countries. Have a job you want posted? Our listings are free. Send to jobs@gijn.org.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: July 17, 2020

IJ4EU Funds 11 Investigative Projects

Eleven cross-border journalism projects have been chosen for funding under the first of two calls this year for the Investigation Support Scheme of the IJ4EU fund. Over 100 teams of journalists based in EU member states and EU candidate countries proposed investigative projects of public interest. The jury awarded over $500,000 for investigations on topics which include influence peddling, the surveillance state, human rights abuses, the environment, and the rise of far-right networks. Team members of successful projects are based in 21 European countries and include several GIJN members. IJ4EU will launch the second call for the Investigation Support Scheme in August.

Source: IJ4EU

Posted on: July 13, 2020

#HoldTheLine for Rappler’s Maria Ressa

Press freedom groups, civil society organizations, journalism institutions, filmmakers, and other supporters have formed a coalition in support of Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines, united around the call to #HoldTheLine. The campaign takes its name from Ressa's commitment to "hold the line" in response to sustained state harassment and prolific online violence. Best known for two decades of covering South East Asia for CNN and founding the multi-award winning Philippines news website Rappler, on June 15, Ressa was convicted of “cyber-libel,” alongside former Rappler colleague Reynaldo Santos Jr -- a criminal charge for which they face up to six years in prison.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: July 9, 2020