Global View

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Free Speech
by Robert Mahoney

The murders of freelancers James Foley and Steven Sotloff last year put the news industry on the spot. What could news executives, press freedom groups and individual journalists do to improve safety? The issue was not new. International news organizations had been grappling with their responsibility towards freelancers and locally hired media workers for years. […] more »

Culture
by Shannon Fisher

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. We all have at least one social or political issue that gets our blood boiling. The question is whether it boils vigorously enough to incite action. Of course, the majority of us vent our frustrations about these issues at the water […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Stephen J. A. Ward

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I and other journalists in Western democracies deplored the violence and defended freedom of expression against terrorism. A common defense of the satirical magazine’s barbed cartoons was “the right to offend.” Some commentators made the principle absolute, and then concluded the following: If news media did not […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

It’s the old news adage that continues to dominate the priorities of American newsrooms: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Hard news and tragedies tend to dominate headlines, and we rarely see the other side of the coin — what happens after the fact? While niche news outlets like Upworthy and the Solutions Journalism Network have made producing […] more »

Education
by Benjamin Shors

Before we departed on the 45-minute charter flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba, last spring, my students and I made a pact: No Facebook. No Twitter. No social media. We went so far as to turn off the GPS tracking on our phones, concerned that Cuban officials might fret about our digital footprints as we […] more »

Free Speech
by Tom Lowenthal

In a move unlikely to surprise those who access the Internet from mainland China, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently blocked several popular tools used to bypass the “Great Firewall” national Internet censorship system. Citing the need to protect “cyberspace sovereignty” and to “maintain cyber security and steady operation,” the Ministry changed firewall […] more »

Culture
by Sonia Paul

The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced an unprecedented new set of funding opportunities for women journalists starting this year. The Washington D.C.-based organization dedicated to supporting the role of female journalists worldwide received a total of $10 million in grant funding from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which opens up the scope of their current […] more »

Europe
by Geoffrey King

This opinion piece originally appeared on the CPJ blog. The U.K. prides itself on its commitment to free expression, but the latest revelations of surveillance of journalists and calls by Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, to ban secure messaging belie the country’s drift toward a more restrictive environment for the press. The revelations further underscore […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about the work of viral content editors, and we see how public data can be pulled together to monitor the work of lawmakers. PART 1: Viral content editors With social sharing now an important part of news distribution, having a full-time person assigned specifically to the task is increasingly common inside […] more »


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