Global View

Witness is a nonprofit that uses video to reveal human rights abuse by working with citizen video journalists.
Picture: France 24's The Observers program uses verified citizen contributors as correspondents. Photo Credit: Tim Anger
Culture
by Julie Posetti

The rapid spread of online misinformation was voted one of the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014 by members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In this third installment in the PBS MediaShift series on the 2014 Trends in Newsrooms report, Julie Posetti and Craig Silverman report on social media verification trends. Read the other installments [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

This month the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual analysis of Attacks on the Press, including a “Risk List” of the places where press freedom suffered most in 2013. As you might expect, conflict areas filled much of the list — Syria, Egypt, Turkey — but the place on the top of the list [...] more »

Global View
by Carlos Cabrera

In light of the recent protests in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela, it’s more important than ever to revisit how freelance journalists can protect themselves. When all is calm, a freelance journalist’s mind is constantly thinking of story ideas. Evergreen features, investigations and life-long obsessions churn in your brain. You’re pitching and waiting. Waiting and then [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Madeleine Bair

Four years ago, a police killing in rural Buckfield, Jamaica was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube. The fatal shooting of a man who was laying on the ground, surrounded by a crowd, with no visible weapons but the rocks at his side, made headlines in Jamaica and unmasked the lies in the police department’s [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

What began as a story about the world’s most elite competitors proudly representing their nations in Sochi has taken a twist in an entirely different direction. Yes, it’s the narrative of Sochi’s apparent miserable state — the stray dogs overwhelming Olympic Park, the degenerate conditions of rooms in the Games’ hotel block, the fact that [...] more »

Free Speech
by Mong Palatino

Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician. Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7, 2012 about former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Mukhamad Misbakhun (@misbakhun), calling him a crook who had stolen from Century Bank, the embattled financial institution at the [...] more »

Education
by Erica Salkin

It’s a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur. The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., opted to stop using the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot and athletic nickname — in its [...] more »

Education
by Margaret Looney

This post was written by IJNet staff. Completing fellowship applications can be time-consuming. To avoid having to rush through the process, start preparing for these opportunities ahead of time. If you’re on a fellowship hunt, keep the deadlines of these upcoming 2014 fellowships in sight. World Press Institute Fellowships Deadline – Feb. 15 The three-month [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world’s newspapers, India had reportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access to all communications content and metadata carried over Indian telecommunications networks. According [...] more »


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