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March 15, 2011

Study highlights profitability concerns for digital media in Latin America

Over the last decade, digital media has grown worldwide, and Latin America is no exception. Unfortunately,despite the presence of many creative and innovate projects, the global tendency towards reduced revenue for media companies continues to affect digital outlets, says a study organized by the New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI), written by Colombian Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. The report, “Survey of trends in digital journalism ventures in Latin America,” shows... MORE
March 15, 2011

Good news for print media ... in Latin America

The newspaper business, drained of readers and revenue and hounded by new online media in much of North America and Europe, is thriving in Latin America, a global trade group said on Thursday, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) "Forget these prophets who say that all newspapers are doomed," said Christoph Riess, the head of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which is holding a regional conference in Bogotá. Overall circulation has increased 5,1%, from 13-... 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 7, 2011

Lara Logan attack aftermath: INSI guidelines for female reporters on conflict coverage

In the days following the sexual attack on well-known CBS reporter Lara Logan in Egypt, the International News Safety Institute (INSI) assembled a safety advisory for women travellers. Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) laments the trouble with documenting sexual violence against journalists. Logan, a reporter for the American TV cable network CBS, was attacked on February 11 while reporting on reactions in Cairo's Tahrir Square to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's... MORE
March 6, 2011

Ethical journalism, human rights and new vision of media needed, says IFJ

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the regional body of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), have launched a call for a wide-ranging debate about ethical journalism, human rights protection and a new vision of media regulation to strengthen democracy in Europe. The call was made by the EFJ General Secretary, Aidan White, in a lecture on Ethical Journalism and Human Rights organised by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner of Human Rights of the Council of Europe Referring to... MORE
February 27, 2011

IFJ backs media reform as journalists are targeted in Middle East uprising

The International Federation (IFJ) has called for media reforms and respect of press freedom as journalists have come under fire over coverage of anti-governments protests sweeping through the Arab world and the Middle East. The call follows reports of bans on free movement of journalists and new attacks on media in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Iraq Kurdistan. The authorities have imposed a media crackdown and are curtailing internet access to try to limit the spread of information about the... 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

Roll call of loss and tragedy continues, says IFJ report of media toll in 2010

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published the full report of journalists and media staff killed during 2010, saying that 94 media fatalities last year demonstrate the increasing risks facing journalists around the globe. The report also includes three cases of journalists who lost their lives in accidents. "It is a poignant roll call of tragedy and loss recording the deaths of 2,271 colleagues since 1990, including 97 who died in 2010," said Aidan White, IFJ General... 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