In this week's podcast we take a closer look at why freedom of the press is important for a healthy democracy and what is being done to advocate for wrongfully imprisoned journalists worldwide.
This week we speak to:
Alex Miller, global head of content, VICE
Peter Greste, journalist, Al Jazeera
Mohamed Fahmy, former Al Jazeera English bureau chief
From mobile video to podcasts and virtual reality, numerous trends shaped the media industry in 2015 and many of them are here to stay.
So what are the skills journalists should develop, or acquire in 2016, and how can they can get a head start in the process?
Our guests this week are:
Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers professor in journalism at University of Oregon
Martin Stabe, head of interactive news, Financial Times
Lisa Pollack, head of new projects, Financial Times
Eric Athas, editorial training manager, NPR
Data journalism is still seen to a certain extent as a specialism, the exclusive expertise of a handful of people in the newsroom, if any have the skills at all.
But in the digital era, newsrooms should be looking to data journalism as one of the skills that will become essential within the next decade. What can your organisation, regardless of its size, do to get up to speed?
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There's a lot of talk about a revival in podcasts but radio never really went away, it just found new channels. The spoken word has always been the most popular form of imparting information, so what makes a good radio journalist?
In this week's podcast, Alastair Reid gets advice from:
- Guy Raz, host and correspondent, NPR
- Nick Garnett, reporter, BBC Radio 5 Live
BC, one of Global's radio brands, is 44 years old. In March, it reached 126 million people across Facebook and Twitter and gathered 18 million video views on social media.
Why do people come to LBC to listen, share and comment, particularly on a platform where we tend to scroll through our feeds and watch videos with the sound turned off?
In this week's episode, we talk to Steve Wilson-Beales, Global's head of editorial, about LBC's strategy for producing and sharing audio on social platforms, and what they've learned about audio shareability from an intense period of experimentation earlier this year.
This podcast features a clip of James O'Brien from LBC's Facebook page, used with permission.
The amount of information now available on the web means news organisations have to provide context to ongoing or breaking news stories, in a way that goes beyond a list of related stories. Discussing cards, timelines, explainers and other formats in this workshop will be:
Richard Moynihan, new formats editor, The Telegraph
Jeremy Evans, founder, Explaain
Moderated by: Jane Singer, professor of journalism innovation, City University London
Find accompanying slides at www.newsrewired.com
Laura Oliver, social and communities editor at the Guardian UK, explained how comments can play a positive role in the newsroom, speaking at last week's news:rewired digital journalism conference.
For slides and more coverage of the event, go to www.newsrewired.com
Online communities provide a fantastic opportunity for journalists looking to network with each other, share tips and advice, find story ideas and get rid of any isolation that might come with working on individual projects from home.
In this week's podcast we will be looking at how these online communities can benefit everyone within the journalism industry, from student journalists to those that are highly experienced, whether freelance or in a permanent position.
This week's guests are:
Susan Grossman, journalist, coach and mentor, JournoAnswers
Livia Albeck-Ripka, freelance journalist
Ivan Lajara, life editor, Daily Freeman and founder #dfmchat
A look at the factors affecting journalism in Palestine – from restrictions on movement to social media and journalistic independence.
News reporter Alastair Reid speaks to:
- Dalia Hatuqa, freelance journalist, Ramallah
- Jim Landale, chief of Palestine, decolonisation and human rights section, United Nations Department of Public Information
- Omar Ghraieb, freelance journalist, Gaza
- George Hale, managing editor, Ma’an News English
In this podcast, we speak to Cian McCormack, reporter at RTÉ, who recently cycled from the North West to the South West of Ireland, interviewing people from various towns and villages to find out how locals are unlocking the potential of their areas.
He tells us about the ups and downs of his experiences on the road for two weeks in June, the mobile journalism kit he used to produce daily radio bulletins on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland, and gives his advice for other news organisations and journalists who would like to develop similar projects.
"In the past when I started reporting, it would have involved an editor, a reporter and a sound operator, all staying overnight and travelling independently – this is more cost effective, and gave the programme the ability to dig a bit deeper," he said.
"The person who does this needs to have confidence to explore the possibilities that mobile journalism presents to any reporter, and have the hunger to be picking away at smaller projects before they go for a bigger project like this."
While there have been calls for an increased effort to improve the detection of and response to misinformation, doing so effectively requires a holistic approach, with reputation systems, fact-checking, media literacy, revenue models, and public feedback all helping to address the health of the information ecosystem. This session introduced the Credibility Coalition and some pilot work: an initial set of indicators for article credibility defined collaboratively by a diverse coalition of experts and applied to a dataset of 40-50 articles on health and climate change.
With Connie Moon Sehat, director, NewsFrames, Global Voices; collaborator, the Credibility Coalition.
For more coverage, check out newsrewired.com.
As the new term kicks off, how can students set themselves up for success in the media industry from the very first weeks?
Journalism.co.uk speaks to journalism course leaders to get their advice on ways students can make the most of their time on a journalism degree – and how to get that coveted work experience that will help them stand out.
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Journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall speaks to: Chris Skinner, producer and presenter of the Olympic Games podcast from The Times; Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist; Ben Fawkes, audio content manager as SoundCloud