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March 22, 2011

ARTICLE 19 highlights importance of freedom of expression and free flow of information in right to water agenda

On the occasion of World Water Day, ARTICLE 19 has reminded the international community that freedom of expression, the free flow of information and transparency are central to the full realisation of the right to water. The watershed developments in the right to water campaign over the past year particularly, demonstrate that the realisation of the right to water necessitates transparency and accountability, the recognition of the right of communities and individual consumers to raise concerns... MORE
March 15, 2011

IANS journalist wins UNFPA award

A journalist of newswire Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) has won the prestigious United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity for reportage on women's issues. Azera Parveen Rahman, principal correspondent with IANS, got the Most Promising Young Woman Journalist award for the year 2007. She was among 31 other awardees in the northern region. Rahman was given the award at a function held at the Chinmaya Mission Auditorium in south Delhi by Nobuko Horibe,... MORE
March 8, 2011

How youth editions are explaining the Middle East protests

The unparalleled recent events in the Middle East have offered newspapers a chance to make use of their youth pages and supplements to explain a complex situation. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have gathered some examples from around the world. "Newspapers – yes newspapers – are playing a leading role in providing explanatory journalism for children, who are just as interested and just as concerned about these events as their parents," said Dr Aralynn McMane... MORE
March 8, 2011

Public broadcacst stations in US putting in millions into investigative reporting

NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations in the United States are hiring more journalists and pumping millions of dollars into investigative news to make up for what they see as a lack of deep-digging coverage by their for-profit counterparts, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. Public radio and TV stations have seen the need for reporting that holds government and business accountable increase as newspapers and TV networks cut their staffs and cable television stations have filled... MORE
February 25, 2011

International Press Institute and Google announce $2.7 million grant for news innovation

The International Press Institute (IPI) has been awarded $2.7 million by Google Inc, to sponsor the ‘IPI News Innovation Contest’, a project aimed at advancing the future of digital news by funding new ways to inform communities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The IPI News Innovation Contest aims to encourage breakthrough ideas with the potential to create lasting impact. Grants will be awarded to non-profit and profit organisations working on digital, including mobile, open-source... MORE
February 12, 2011

Egypt was biggest international story in a single week in recent history

The protests throughout the Middle East, and most notably Egypt, have registered as the No. 1 news story over the past two weeks, according to the Project for Journalism's News Coverage Index. They accounted for 20 per cent of the newshole from January 24-30 and then a whopping 56 per cent from January 31-February 6, making it the biggest international story in a single week since PEJ began tracking this in January 2007. One reason for the extraordinary level of coverage thus far has been... MORE
January 29, 2011

Seizing a moment, Al-Jazeera galvanises Arab frustration

The protests rocking the Arab world this week have one thread uniting them: Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite channel whose aggressive coverage has helped propel insurgent emotions from one capital to the next, says a New York Times report. Al-Jazeera has been widely hailed for helping enable the revolt in Tunisia with its galvanizing early reports, even as Western-aligned political factions in Lebanon and the West Bank attacked and burned the channel’s offices and vans this week, accusing... MORE
January 28, 2011

Watching terror coverage psyches you out

Viewing TV coverage of terrorist events causes deterioration of psychological resources, such as commitment and a sense of success, and to feeling threatened, which in turn can also lead to loss of resources and other negative affects. This has been found in a new study at the University of Haifa. “Mass media plays a central role in reporting on terrorism and political violence. The present study shows that watching this type of coverage on television has negative effects, even for someone who... MORE
January 8, 2011

Women’s roles downplayed by Indonesian media: Survey

For the most part, women in Indonesia only ever seem to make the headlines for their role as a famous person’s relative, a victim or a criminal, a reporters’ guild says. In a study carried out between July and September last year, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) looked for mention of female news sources in seven Indonesian-language dailies. “These are the three types of women who often appear in the seven daily papers’ news reports,” Rach Alida Bahaweres, the AJI coordinator for... MORE
December 17, 2010

There are marked differences between countries in reporting on climate change

There were marked differences between countries in the coverage given to the UN’s Copenhagen summit on climate change in 2009. A new study has found that of the 12 countries studied, Brazil and India provided the most coverage, followed by Australia and the UK. Nigeria, Russia and Egypt gave the summit the least space in its newspapers. In Summoned by Science: Reporting Climate Change at Copenhagen and Beyond , researchers from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism analysed more... MORE