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EJN Director Interviewed About Changes to Self-regulation in the U.K.
Two new media industry regulators in the U.K. are employing two very different interpretations of what media regulation should look. EJN Director Aidan White, chair of the appointment committee for one of the new regulators, discusses what is shaping up to be a battle of David vs. Goliath. (via The Hindu)
From Syria to Ukraine, Social Media Opens Up Warfare
As conflict flares in the Middle East and Ukraine, the number of images posted on social media is increasing exponentially, giving observers half a world away unprecedented visibility of events on the ground. The problem with social media, however, is that what is reported is not necessarily accurate. (via The Nation)
Try Being a Female Journalist in Kyrgyzstan. Your Male Sources Hit on You. All the Time.
“When I knock on the door of yet another Kyrgyz politician, civil servant or businessman, I have many questions. That’s my job as a journalist. But the most nerve-racking question is not in my notebook: Will he hit on me?” (via Global Voices Online)
Thousands Can Fact-Check The News With Grasswire
We all know you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. But with Grasswire, you can at least “refute” it: Austen Allred’s new venture allows news junkies to confirm and refute posts about breaking news to help fight misinformation and hate speech online. (via TechCrunch)
After dominating Turkish politics for more than a decade, few doubt current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will win Turkey’s first ever presidential election on August 10. Yet his rival candidates have also complained about his domination of the media, which is largely owned by conglomerates with business ties to the prime minister’s AK Party, and which has fallen in global press freedom rankings in recent years. (via Reuters)
Startup Lets Musicians Pay Journalists to Listen. Is That Such a Terrible Idea?
Writing in The Fader last week, Emilie Friedlander perfectly described a problem that Fluence, a company that lets musicians pay music journalists to listen to their demos, might solve. “When you are a staff writer at a music publication in 2014, you receive emails pretty much constantly,” Friedlander wrote. But while she thought Fluence might help musicians cut through the noise of labels and publicists, she worried that paying for journalists’ time is giving in to “the market logic of the internet.”(via Poynter)
Reports & Resources
Interactive App: Status of European Journalists
This interactive map, created by The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, reports and compares the differences in working conditions and the status of journalists across EU Member States.
In a year marking two momentous events – 20 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa and 20 years since the Rwandan Genocide – African media leaders and owners will gather in Johannesburg in November to hold frank discussions on how to uphold high ethical standards in the tricky world of politics and business.