|Last year the world was shocked by the image of the dead body of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi lying face down dead on a beach in Turkey. As this moving blog by AFP photographer Ozan Kose illustrates, such tragedies are still happening. |
Read the full article here. (AFP)
AFP put some of the more graphic images of dead children on a different page so that readers of the blog could decide whether or not they would click through to view the images. The warning on the link says: “Graphic images of dead children”. AFP also placed a warning on the next page asking readers not to link directly to that page from social media to encourage people to share the images responsible and to allow people to actively choose to view the images.
You can view the images here. (AFP)
|As citizens’ ability to capture live video and share it online has spread around the world, so has news outlets’ proliferation of this footage, using it to augment their coverage of breaking events. From Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution to the current war in Syria and beyond, it’s common practice for journalists to source video footage from the individuals who actually witnessed an event. This video footage brings an urgency and immediacy that traditional reporting often can’t. In some cases, it’s the only available evidence that an event actually took place. However, user-generated content doesn’t abide by traditional newsroom rules and protocols. If used improperly, eyewitness footage can violate the subject’s privacy or even put him or her in danger. Verifying this content and ensuring it’s released under the right context can also pose challenges.|
Read the full article here. (IJNET)
|This video from Channel 4 news includes a statement from the UN Commissioner on Human Rights on how he is deeply disturbed on the language of some politicians almost everywhere in Europe. Said Raad al-Hussein says: “It is utterly unacceptable that politicians can be so grossly irresponsible in pointing toward the failings of a state and placing them on the backs and the shoulders of those who have suffered enough.” |
Watch the video here. (Channel 4 news)
|In a Medium article, Amy Westervelt detailed her journey from journalist to content marketer and back to journalist. For several years she ghostwrote columns for CEOs, with many appearing in venerable outlets like Forbes and Entrepreneur. Most of her content gigs paid much higher rates than Amy could demand as a freelance journalist. “Corporations realize the value of good writing and they’re willing to pay for it,” she wrote. “Increasingly, they’re more willing to pay for it than advertising, which is more obviously promotional.” And yet she said goodbye to content marketing. Why? In a five-point list, she explains how she’s grown increasingly uncomfortable writing advertorial content, which Amy blames for contributing to the demise of her previous and once-again profession – journalism.|
Read the full article here. (Content Marketing Institute)
|A Danish niche newspaper has found a unique way of holding their newspaper and journalists to account to the community they serve, as a way of building trust. Not financially, but editorially. Erik Bjerager, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Kristeligt Dagblad spoke to the World Editors Forum about this initiative.|
Read the full article here. (WAN-IFRA)
|War journalist James Foley’s death at the hands of ISIS shocked the world in 2014, but it wasn’t just an example of ISIS’ barbaric methods. It illustrated how war — and journalism — have changed.|
Read the full article here. (Desert News)
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