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Interview with Peter Greste: Media freedom and the war on terror

Interview with Peter Greste: Media freedom and the war on terror

“In a war of ideas, the battleground becomes the place where ideas are prosecuted: the media themselves,” said Peter Greste, opening his talk at the International Journalism Festival on 9 April, 2016. In a crowded Sala dei Notari, the award winning Al Jazeera journalist and former BBC, CNN and Reuters correspondent delivered a presentation touching...
Refugee crisis: telling powerful stories through photos

Refugee crisis: telling powerful stories through photos

With thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece after the closing of the borders along the Balkan migration route, journalists and photojournalists keep telling compelling stories of devastation, survival, resistance and hope. Aris Messinis, the chief photographer of the Agence France Presse (AFP) in Athens, said he has been documenting this “tragedy” for almost a...
The digital age: new approaches to storytelling

The digital age: new approaches to storytelling

“The core fundamentals of storytelling have not changed, (…) but what has changed is the relationship with the audience – we are all in it together,” said Vivian Schiller, Executive Committee Chair at Vocativ, during a panel at the International Journalism Festival on 7 April, 2016. “The audience is now an active participant in the...
Panel: Be more transparent to gain readers' trust

Panel: Be more transparent to gain readers’ trust

Objectivity is dead, some say – and have been saying for many years. “Objectivity in its most pure form never existed,” said Charlie Beckett, founding director of Polis, at the start of a panel called “The death of journalistic objectivity” at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. And that’s OK, the panelists agreed. “We can...
In conversation with Sarah Harrison

In conversation with Sarah Harrison

What role do media professionals have in protecting high-value source? On April 8, 2016 WikiLeaks editor and journalist Sarah Harrison addressed this question during a panel discussion at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. Together with colleagues John Goetz and Stefania Maurizi, and sculptor Davide Dormino – the artist behind the touring statue titled Anything to Say –...
Making the case for engaged journalism

Making the case for engaged journalism

“Journalism is a process, not a product,” says Josh Stearns, director of The Local News Lab, emphasising the increasingly participatory nature of the news creation process – and especially that of local news. Stearns, together with Malachy Browne, managing editor of reported.ly, Mary Hamilton, executive editor of audience at The Guardian, and Larry Macaulay, founder...
Podcasts: the birth of a new medium?

Podcasts: the birth of a new medium?

In a world where attention spans are drastically low, staying relevant and original is one of the most difficult challenges content producers of any kind are faced with. So how does one turn an idea into a sustainable, monetising podcast, particularly for a journalist? Gaia Manco, a freelance journalist and producer of the travel podcast...
How to develop your social discovery skills for more effective newsgathering

How to develop your social discovery skills for more effective newsgathering

How can journalists develop their social media skills in order to gather and verify news? Fergus Bell, founder of news consultancy Dig Deeper Media, and Mandy Jenkins, news director for Storyful, a social news agency that acquires and verifies eyewitness journalism from around the world, addressed this question in a workshop that took place on April 9 at...
Joining hands in the fight against FGM

Joining hands in the fight against FGM

At the age of 15, Jaha Dukureh was promised in marriage to a man thirty years older than her. A few years later, she was taken to New York to meet him and get married, but before that could happen, she had to undergo surgery to be able to consummate the union: as an infant, her body...
Start-ups: building technology for newsrooms

Start-ups: building technology for newsrooms

Tech start-ups are becoming an essential part of digital newsrooms: they create tools to help media professionals discover, qualify, verify and distribute stories. But how hard is it to build a digital tool from scratch for journalists and editors? Newsrooms adapting to the digital era have realised that constantly updated tools and products are keys...
Speaking out: when reporting changes history

Speaking out: when reporting changes history

On 8 April, 2016 a panel at the International Journalism Festival explored the status of conflict reporting and how it has shifted in character in the modern era of press agencies and widespread flow of information. Featuring Domenico Quirico, award winning Chief Foreign Correspodent for La Stampa, and Richard Colebourn, Middle East Bureau Chief for BBC...
Enhancing social and mobile video practices

Enhancing social and mobile video practices

Bringing together Trushar Barot, Mobile Editor at BBC World Service, Martin Belam, Social and New Formats Editor at The Guardian, Holden Frith, Editor at The Week and Researcher Nikki Usher from George Washington University, a panel examined the differences and overlaps between social and mobile audiences on 8 April, 2016 at the International Journalism Festival. As...