Global View

Jeff Roberts
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Business
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

It has been a year filled with more tectonic shifts for the media landscape, from the changing face of media ownership to the mounting dangers for journalists at home and abroad, from battles in the e-book world to the increasing power of mobile apps, to the game-changing social power of Facebook in how we find […] more »

Free Speech
by Joel Simon

The following is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers why is the Committee to Protect Journalists launching a campaign targeting U.S. government policies? The answer is simple. Because we must fight to preserve a global system on which […] more »

Culture
by Angela Washeck

Two years ago, the Pew Research Center reported that more than a third of social media users have used networking sites to post their own thoughts or comments on political and social issues. Simultaneously, nearly 20 percent of those polled said social networking sites were so powerful that their personal views on a political issue […] more »

Free Speech
by Javier Garza

The delegates, journalists and observers gathered at the recent meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council were focused on a noble purpose: promoting freedom of the press and the security of journalists worldwide. But at the same time they were at a loss to answer one basic question: Why is violence against the press […] more »

Culture
by Faraz Sanei

On July 31, a prominent Iranian journalist tweeted, “Saba’s mother has now joined Twitter.” Saba’s mother Akram Mohammadi, had just given an interview about her daughter Saba’s agonizing 65 days of pretrial detention at an unknown location. Unidentified security officials had arrested Saba Azarpaik, a Tehran-based journalist, on May 28. A few hours later, the Twitter account linked […] more »

Culture
by Douglas Grant

“You barely think of video as a separate thing anymore, it’s just a way of telling a story,” incoming Editor-in-Chief of TheGuardian.com, Janine Gibson tells the World Editors Forum (WEF). Douglas Grant reports on the rise of online video news and the challenges of making it profitable in this sixth installment in the PBS MediaShift […] more »

Global View
by Julie Posetti

Editor’s Note: Be warned that there is a graphic image used in the story to illustrate the way people spread shocking images on Twitter. Social media platforms are the Wild West of publication. Journalists and traditional news publishers are no longer the primary information “gatekeepers” of public discourse; neither are they able to impose their professional publication […] more »

Free Speech
by Padraig Reidy

A recent court ruling in Ireland could have reintroduced the concept of criminal libel to the state, despite criminal defamation offenses being abolished as recently as 2009. The case itself was one of a particularly grim relationship break-up. Names are not available, as the people involved were also locked in a criminal case in which […] more »

Digging Deeper
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out how online news startup Ozy is rethinking news content, and we learn how human rights group Witness works with citizens to generate video reports from the ground. PART 1: Ozy’s story approach The 10-month-old news startup Ozy aims to appeal to smart, educated, curious readers who embrace things that are different. We […] more »


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