Monthly Archive: December 2015


Journalism and the World | December 30th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
2015: Another dangerous year for journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports:

Syria, France most deadly countries for the press

Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder.

Worldwide, 69 journalists were killed in the line of duty—including those murdered in reprisal for their work as well as those killed in combat or crossfire or on other dangerous assignments. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Threats to Mexican Media Continue Unabated

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest has an excellent piece on the threats Mexican journalists face everyday: Censor or die: The death of Mexican news in the age of drug cartels

For anyone who has paid attention to what is going on in Mexico, this is not news, but confirmation that the war against the cartels is not going so well in Mexico.

The Mexican media was just getting out from under the thumb of the oddly named Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)  that ran Mexico for most of its 100+ years. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Threats to Mexican Media Continue Unabated

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest has an excellent piece on the threats Mexican journalists face everyday: Censor or die: The death of Mexican news in the age of drug cartels

For anyone who has paid attention to what is going on in Mexico, this is not news, but confirmation that the war against the cartels is not going so well in Mexico.

The Mexican media was just getting out from under the thumb of the oddly named Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)  that ran Mexico for most of its 100+ years. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2015 | #, #, #, #
IEJ16 Program Call

The national SPJ office is asking for ideas for the 2016 national convention, with a deadline of Jan. 27.

So, let’s show the rest of the SPJ there are international issues that affect them in America’s heartland.

Here is a link to the announcement: WANTED: Your Programming Ideas!

Post your ideas on our SLACK account. Let’s toss ideas back and forth and come up with two or three REALLY good ideas that the EIJ16 organizers can’t ignore. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2015 | #, #, #, #
IEJ16 Program Call

The national SPJ office is asking for ideas for the 2016 national convention, with a deadline of Jan. 27.

So, let’s show the rest of the SPJ there are international issues that affect them in America’s heartland.

Here is a link to the announcement: WANTED: Your Programming Ideas!

Post your ideas on our SLACK account. Let’s toss ideas back and forth and come up with two or three REALLY good ideas that the EIJ16 organizers can’t ignore. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 11th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Twitter’s growth poses questions for journalism

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will spend 2016 trying to figure out how to ensure user growth for the social network, which could change how journalists and news organizations use the site. (Photo: Brian Solis/Wikimedia Commons CC)

Three weeks from now, we will inaugurate a brand new year — a year where the citizens of the United States go to the polls to determine their country’s future, where the intersection of social media and journalism will continue to grow, and where questions will continue to face a certain social network as to its future. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 7th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalists, audiences and credibility on Twitter

Social media has evolved the news process, but Twitter has been shown to increase credibility. (Image: Pixabay/CC)

Modern journalism has without a question been revolutionized by Twitter. A replica of a wire service, the social network allows users to keep up with the events of the world, and new ways for journalists and news organizations to tell those stories. Over the course of its near ten year existence, the social network’s presence has allowed journalists and news organizations to inform and engage with audiences in ways previously unimaginable. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 7th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook: Now streaming

Facebook has decided to expand its live streaming feature, which could have implications for a news organizations’ social strategy. (Vicipaedianus x / Wikimedia Commons under CC license)

Last week, Facebook announced its plans to expand its live streaming feature. The social network, in a blog post, said they were testing the feature, known as Live, with a small portion of its users by iPhone.

While it is unclear when this will be made widely available to everyone, including news organizations, Facebook said it hopes to make it available to everyone soon. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 7th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook: Now streaming

Facebook has decided to expand its live streaming feature, which could have implications for a news organizations’ social strategy. (Vicipaedianus x / Wikimedia Commons under CC license)

Last week, Facebook announced its plans to expand its live streaming feature. The social network, in a blog post, said they were testing the feature, known as Live, with a small portion of its users by iPhone.

While it is unclear when this will be made widely available to everyone, including news organizations, Facebook said it hopes to make it available to everyone soon. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 5th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The importance of verifying in breaking news

When reporting on stories on platforms like Twitter, accuracy is important. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons under CC license)

Twitter, in its nearly 10 year existence, has become ubiquitous with live events. It allows users to keep up with friends, family, and especially the media when it comes to life here and now. It has also become quintessential when it comes to breaking news, including covering the shootings Wednesday at a social services center in San Bernardino, a suburb of Los Angeles. Continue reading