RSF Sues Facebook Over Attacks on Media and Virus Posts

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against Facebook in France, citing a proliferation of hate speech against media and falsehoods about COVID-19. In the latest of a slew of battles governments and campaigners are waging with Big Tech around the world, the media watchdog noted large amounts of coronavirus misinformation on Facebook including vaccine conspiracy theories. The social media platform also carried posts threatening and insulting French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, TV programme Quotidien and regional newspaper L’Union, RSF said.

Source: Reuters

Posted on: March 23, 2021

Keeping Passwords Under Wraps

Many journalists have a long list of passwords for different sites or use a master password despite the risks that might pose for digital security.

But the European Journalism Centre and DataJournalism.com are working with the password manager site 1Password to offer a free account for journalists, saving $2.99 a month. The program aims to keep reporters safe by “managing passwords and encrypting files, notes, and contacts that you need to keep secure.”

There is also a travel mode to keep sensitive information under wraps while reporting from overseas. Access is for journalists who classify themselves as a “war correspondent, technology blogger, or something in-between.”

Source: EJC/1Password

Posted on: March 23, 2021

Unbias the News: Global Initiative Calls for Story Pitches

Unbias the News is a new, remote cross-border newsroom dedicated to showcasing international journalism that breaks through geographical or other structural barriers. Starting this week, the team is inviting journalists from all over the world to pitch underreported stories with global relevance. All applicants will have the opportunity to take part in free digital journalism trainings and peer-to-peer networking, regardless of whether their story pitch was accepted. Deadline: April 18 2021.

Source: Unbias the News

Posted on: March 18, 2021

Finalists for the Goldsmith Award Announced

Six stories have been revealed as finalists for the Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize, which is awarded by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University in the US. Among the selected projects are investigations on police dogs being used as weapons, healthcare for Pacific Islanders, and on the problems of Mississippi’s penal system. The winner will be announced on April 13.  

Source: Shorenstein Center

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Smear Campaign Hits GIJN Member in Serbia

Press freedom groups are condemning a smear campaign by pro-government media in Serbia against GIJN member KRIK -- the Network for Investigation of Crime and Corruption. In an ironic twist of disinformation, pro-government outlets allege that KRIK has a "secret deal" with an organized crime gang that KRIK itself helped to expose. In front-page stories and TV reports, the allegations falsely claim that KRIK is part of a plot to threaten the Serbian president and his family. Press watchdog groups warn that such unverified claims put KRIK’s staff at risk and are the latest in a pattern of attacks and threats against Serbia’s independent media. A coalition of eight Serbian media associations have called for the Public Prosecutor’s Office to rebut the charges.

Source: International Press Institute

Posted on: March 16, 2021

How Journalists Can Investigate Algorithms

On Thursday, March 18, the Society of Professional Journalists in the US will host a panel debate on investigating algorithms. Broadcast on Zoom, the event – Informing the Public on the Promise and Perils of Algorithms  will feature discussion on government use of algorithms to make major decisions such as determining education funding and who gets a priority COVID-19 vaccine. Panelists include an AI reporter and two academics who will also explore how journalists can push for transparency in algorithms, which experts say are often biased and flawed.

Source: Society of Professional Journalists

Posted on: March 16, 2021

New Report on the Global Illicit Economy

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime released a new report on how the global illicit economy has boomed in the past 20 years and the serious threat it poses to security, development and justice. Through vivid visualizations and analysis, the report focuses on the evolution of five major illicit economies over the past two decades: human exploitation, illicit environmental markets, illicit drugs, cybercrime, and the illegal trade in licit and counterfeit goods. The report also looks at emerging trends of how organized crime may operate in the future, and concludes with recommendations on how to change the trajectories of crime.

Source: Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Posted on: March 15, 2021

NICAR21: Tutorials on Data Journalism

Data journalist Winny de Jong's newsletter offered up some of the best tutorials from the IRE’s annual NICAR data journalism conference. These include: how to use data to report on climate change; a guide to analyzing data with Python and the Jupyter notebook; a look at ProPublica’s Insurrection Project; an introduction to visualization design for journalist; and how to track changes to a scraped data source using GitHub Actions. Check out more links on Twitter using #NICAR21.

Source: Winny de Jong

Posted on: March 11, 2021

AP Stylebook: Coronavirus Topical Guide update

To help with coverage of the coronavirus and COVID-19, The Associated Press has prepared a guide based on the AP Stylebook and common usage in AP stories. These include: the various terms for the coronavirus, as well as definitions and style for using such terms as incubation, quarantine, lockdown, and superspreader. The AP Stylebook Online Topical Guides cover a range of timely events in the news.

Source: AP Stylebook

Posted on: March 10, 2021

Journalists: Making the Most Out of Reddit

More than 50 million people visit the social media platform Reddit each day in order to read or comment in more than 100,000 communities. This week in Jeremy Caplan's Wonder Tools newsletter, you'll find a great overview of Reddit and how you can use it in your journalism. Caplan shares a half dozen tips as well as links to two handouts for journalists using the platform, a guide to why and how to embed Reddit posts, Reddit’s recent year in review post, and a Reddit 101 guide for anyone new to the platform.

Source: Wonder Tools

Posted on: March 5, 2021