Global View

Picture: France 24's The Observers program uses verified citizen contributors as correspondents. Photo Credit: Tim Anger
Recently the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Photo by Trey Ratcliff on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Devices that cannot be powered on will be barred from the aircraft, and passengers in possession of such devices may also be subjected to additional screening. While [...] more »

Global View
by Jaron Gilinsky

On September 16, 2013, journalists Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were traveling in Northern Syria along with four rebel soldiers they had hired for protection. At a checkpoint near the town of Tal-Abyad, armed, bearded men took their passports and whisked the group of six to a makeshift detention facility. Two weeks later, the [...] more »

Global View
by Andrew Ford Lyons

The following is a guest post. See more information about MediaShift guest posts here. The market for freelance journalists is both increasing and increasingly competitive. There’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, and few media organizations have the staffing to do it without turning to freelance newsgatherers. As the reliance on them increases, we are [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

As digital video continues to disrupt the traditional TV world, there are complications beyond just those affecting the business model. The move of video to the Net also has caused problems for viewers who need captions. Whether deaf or hard of hearing, or speakers of an obscure language, it’s often difficult for these users to [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Tim Karr

Saturday, May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The following is a guest post from FreePress to mark the day. “If you want to liberate a society,” Egyptian Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim said early in the year, “just give them the Internet.” In retrospect, Ghonim should have qualified his statement to include the kind [...] more »

Free Speech
by Angela Washeck

A new study by Northwestern University in Qatar and the Doha Film Institute reveals that Middle Eastern citizens are quite active online, with many spending time on the web daily to watch news and entertainment video, access social media and stream music, film and TV. “Entertainment Media Use In the Middle East” is a six-nation [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

There’s no shortage of international journalism conferences these days, and there’s a reason. With legacy publishers having difficulty making their digital efforts profitable, niche digitally native operations looking to capitalize on the “social sharing” culture, and concerns about engagement metrics and advertising strategies all weaving into a dynamic media thread, venues like the recent ISOJ [...] more »

Free Speech
by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months [...] more »

Business
by James Breiner

Launching a news publication online is the easy part. Paying the bills and surviving for several years is the hard part. Three of those who have evolved and survived for at least five years are La Silla Vacia, a political website in Colombia, Homicide Watch, a news and data platform in three U.S. cities, and the Texas Tribune, [...] more »


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