Tag: middle east

by Julie Keck

1. The Facebook effect on the news (Derek Thompson / The Atlantic) 2. U.S. plummets in global press freedom rankings (Josh Stearns / Free Press) 3. BuzzFeed’s native advertising: Ads you want to share? (Henry Taylor / The Media Briefing) 4. MacNeil/Lehrer Productions teams up with Al-Monitor for web specials (Nick Vivarelli / Variety) 5. [...] more »

by Rachele Kanigel

As a journalism professor at San Francisco State University in one of the most diverse cities in the world, I struggle to get my students to report outside their comfort zones. In my classes, I urge them to interview not just strangers, but people very much unlike themselves — older people, people with different politics, [...] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Do you love photo and video sharing? Then this episode is for you. First, Facebook announced that popular photo sharing and filtering service Instagram will add video to compete with the popularity of Vine, owned by Twitter. Meanwhile, a photographer has sued BuzzFeed for just that kind of sharing, claiming $3.6 million in damages for [...] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Among the younger generation in the Middle East, Internet use is surpassing TV, and that could have long-term implications in the region. And that increased engagement online comes with important, unresolved questions about media regulation online, according to new research by Northwestern University in Qatar. The study paints an in-depth picture of the role of [...] more »

by Cathy Yungmann

It seems that providing students with the opportunity for global education experiences is currently a major initiative in higher education. The benefits of preparing college students — especially journalism students — to become global citizens through international contacts are obvious. Some educators are calling it “internationalization.” But a recent report claims that the numbers of [...] more »

by Jillian C. York

This piece is co-authored by Trevor Timm. In its six years of existence, Twitter has staked out a position as the most free speech-friendly social network. Its utility in the uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa is unmatched, its usage by activists and journalists alike to spread news and galvanize the public [...] more »

by Aran Levasseur

The famous videogame designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, known for creating some of the most iconic and successful videogames in history, such as Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers and Legend of Zelda, once said, “Videogames are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock n’ roll.” In retrospect, we know rock ‘n roll’s influence has gone beyond [...] more »

by Jaron Gilinsky

During the uprising that eventually ended the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak, I became convinced that the most important journalistic work being done today is in those countries where journalists are not wanted. Mubarak and his agents were determined to silence the protesters and their message. But, thanks to the valiant efforts of journalists [...] more »

by Cyrus Farivar

A couple of years ago, while browsing in a Philadelphia bookstore, I found a small red hardback book. Its worn woven cover was used, but in decent condition. The side of the book, in a matching faded red background, had a small vaguely Islamic curved label that reads in gold lettering: Mission for my Country [...] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Bloggers have always been timely in their response to local, regional and international crises and Kenyan bloggers were no different when violence broke out following the December 2007 elections. Within nine days Ushahidi, “a platform that crowdsources crisis information,” was born. Ushahidi But that open source platform is now being “localized” to cover conflicts in [...] more »