For this week’s Friday 5, where GIJN rounds up journalism news from around the world, we’re reading about a new database of global counter-influence operations, the Russian media groups taking on President Vladimir Putin, and Signal’s new group calling feature.
Through the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has launched a database of global counter-influence operations, most of which are based in North America or Europe. Its initial catalogue of 460 initiatives — nearly half of them housed in civil society organizations, including think tanks, NGOs, charities, and other nonprofits — builds on the work of the Credibility Coalition’s CredCatalogue, RAND’s list of tools for fighting disinformation online, and the DisinfoCloud list of tools. The dataset categorizes initiatives by location, type of organization, and focus area, and includes a brief self-description of each group.
Building Content Audit Tools for Local Newsrooms (Lenfest Institute)
With $300,000 in funding from the Google News Initiative’s Innovation Challenge, the Lenfest Local Lab, the Brown Institute, and The Philadelphia Inquirer are collaborating to “build and test machine learning-based tools” to help newsrooms “analyze equity and representation” in local coverage. The goal of the open source tool is speed up manual audits to “reveal strengths and weaknesses” in content, “assess the equity and representation of past news coverage,” and gain insights that allow the media “to better serve, reflect, and include communities.”
Tanya Pampalone is GIJN’s managing editor. The former executive editor of the Mail & Guardian and head of audience development at the African arm of The Conversation, Tanya contributed to Southern African Muckraking and Unbias the News. She created One Night in Snake Park, a six-part podcast and in-depth investigation on xenophobic violence in South Africa.