Global View

Photo by Jeroen Bennink and reused here with Creative Commons license.
Syrian refugees strike at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station.  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and reused here with Creative Commons license.
by Aleszu Bajak

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. “Even if Denmark was made of gold, I would not want to stay here, ever.” That’s what Farid Majid, a refugee fleeing the […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism is helping its audience act on the issues they read about, and we learn how an automated filter helps find and correct style errors. PART 1: BINJ action boxes As part of its solutions journalism approach, the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism created an […] more »

Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In its first implementation of a new anti-terrorism law, the Egyptian government arrested three Facebook users on August 23 on charges of “incitement to violence”, accusing them of spreading materials in support of the […] more »

Free Speech
by Kerry Paterson

On June 24, a grenade was thrown through the window of Voice of America correspondent Diane Nininahazwe’s home. It was one of three cases CPJ has documented in recent months where grenades were thrown into the homes of journalists in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but there have also been no arrests. […] more »

Free Speech
by Dale Blasingame

When two WDBJ journalists were murdered on live television last week near Roanoke, Virginia, the ethical debate over “how much is too much” in terms of coverage was never more evident. This is an increasingly more and more complex decision that falls on the shoulders of journalists, which is nothing unusual. But these days, technology […] more »

Free Speech
by Abraham Hyatt

This week, Abraham Hyatt launched “The End of Privacy,” a five-part podcast series on the intersection of journalism and privacy issues. We will be cross-posting the podcasts here on MediaShift. Stay tuned. Are journalists entitled to special privacy rights? Are news publishers helping data trackers violate users’ privacy? Is it possible to have confidential sources […] more »

Global View
by Robert Mahoney

Journalists who regularly cover violence are considered a hard-boiled bunch. But a year ago this month, even the toughest were crying. There was no emotional body armor to deflect the horror of the beheading videos of freelancers James Foley, Steven Sotloff and other Westerners held hostage in Syria by the self-styled Islamic State, also known as […] more »

by Jean-Paul Marthoz

It all went very fast. On August 4, Germany’s chief federal prosecutor, Harald Range, was ordered by Justice Minister Heiko Maas to withdraw an independent expert from the investigation of two journalists from Netzpolitik. The investigator had concluded that leaked documents quoted by the news website amounted to a disclosure of a state secret, one of […] more »

Free Speech
by Aleszu Bajak

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. Thomas van Linge recently tweeted a photo of a munitions truck being blown up in Syria, presumably by the First Coastal Division, a faction of rebels affiliated […] more »

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