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Journalism dos and donts in terror situations

Journalism dos and donts in terror situations

As a consequence of the recent terror attacks that shocked Europe and Asia, terrorism was one of the major topics the International Journalism Festival focused on. On 9 April, 2016 one panel formed by academics, journalists and policy-makers discussed how newsrooms and journalists should address terrorism-related stories and prepare contingency plans in advance. Various aspects...
Media products created in the newsroom should solve problems

Media products created in the newsroom should solve problems

Legacy media companies are investing in creating products and applications, which will leverage user experience. This goal, however, can be achieved “only when content and form work together,” said Aron Pilhofer, interim Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News & Media. Pilhofer, who oversees a team of visual, interactive and data journalists, thinks that media product development begins...
Gender inequality in the media

Gender inequality in the media

We need to talk about women: not only about women’s role in the media and their portrayal but also about solutions for gender inequality in the media. This is how Lucy Marcus, opinion columnist and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, opened the panel discussion “Women in the media“. Gabriella Stern, Director of Media and External Relations at the Bill...
How TV can help in understanding the refugee crisis

How TV can help in understanding the refugee crisis

In the last few years, the topic of migration and refugee crisis has dominated TV and fueled many debates on how this issue should be dealt with. Questions around the refugee crisis coverage, including the risks of the journey fleeing from their home countries, what is at the root of migration and how solutions are discussed in the public...
Video news consumption in the over-the-top age

Video news consumption in the over-the-top age

“The living room experience is going to change. Right now we have great flat screens, but after time it’ll be more like a virtual experience. There are new ways to tell stories in a more emotional way, so the living room will be a very different place in ten years,” said Jim Louderback, venture partner...
Interview with Paul Mason: what can Europe learn from Greece?

Interview with Paul Mason: what can Europe learn from Greece?

On April 2, Wikileaks released the transcript of a conversation between two International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials. They were discussing the bailout negotiations for Greece and suggesting to stage a “credit event”, to force the country close to default. In a nation still struggling with a deep economic crisis and holding tens of thousands of...
Can a robot do journalists' job?

Can a robot do journalists’ job?

Can robots replace journalists in their work at some point in the future? Can they change it for the better? Automation journalism techniques are not a threat – as it emerged at the panel “Can a robot do my job?” –  but a tool that helps journalists with tedious and highly repetitive tasks as well as...
How leaks are changing journalism

How leaks are changing journalism

When Wikileaks released the “Afghan War Diary” and the “Iraq War Logs” in 2010, it was a treasure trove for journalists. “We thought, ‘This is as good as it gets. We’re never going to have a leak on this scale again,’” The Guardian correspondent Ewen MacAskill said during the panel “Journalism after Snowden” at the International...
Should we forget the right to be forgotten?

Should we forget the right to be forgotten?

In 2010, Mario Costeja González, a Spanish citizen, wanted a specific bit of his personal information removed from the internet. He claimed that entering his name in Google’s search engine returned results dating back to 1998, when his home had been put up for auction to recover his social security debts. Since it was already a...
Anas Aremeyaw Anas: a unique undercover reporter

Anas Aremeyaw Anas: a unique undercover reporter

To seek the truth, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has repeatedly put his life on the line. Anas is an acclaimed Ghanaian investigative journalist, who has to conceal his identity using original masks and disguises because of the risks he faces. During his 2009 speech in front of the Ghanaian parliament, even US President Barack Obama praised  him...
Interview with Farida Vis: Iconic images on social media

Interview with Farida Vis: Iconic images on social media

The photo of the dead body of Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi washing up the shores of Turkey on 2 September 2015 has shaken the world: in the space of only 12 hours it was shared across over 20 million screens. On 9 April, 2016 at the International Journalism Festival, Craig Silverman, Editor of Buzzfeed Canada,...
Enlivening journalism through better online user engagement

Enlivening journalism through better online user engagement

The Washington Post’s Director of Digital News Projects Greg Barber and The New York Times’ Editor of Interactive News Marc Lavallee  joined forces to lead a panel focused on The Coral Project, a platform aimed at “creating open-source software to facilitate the importing, storage, moderation, and display of contributions to news websites.” Lavallee described the...