Monthly Archive: May 2016


Journalism and the World | May 27th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
China et al block CPJ at United Nations

The Committee to Protect Journalists was denied observer status at the United Nations after China and a few other anti-free press governments stepped in.

The CPJ has been trying to get accreditation as an observer in the Economic Social Committee — ECOSOC — Non-governmental consultative body. Groups that are included under the ECOSOC NGO group umbrella include the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, Greenpeace, and other “dangerous” groups.

Those voting against allowing CPJ into the NGO group were China and Azerbaijan, Burundi, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, and Venezuela. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | May 26th, 2016 | #
Seven Ways to Fight the Freelance Funk

Guest blogger: Susan Valot 

Every once in a while, you may find yourself in a freelance funk.

Maybe your personal life just imploded and work seems secondary.

Maybe you just lost a regular client and you’re not sure what to do, so you cool your heels for a bit.

Maybe you have too many looming deadlines, which sends you into a deer-in-the-headlights procrastination mode, where you end up cleaning your bathroom and your kitchen and your neighbor’s yard — anything but working on what needs to be done. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The legacy of Morley Safer

CBS News correspondent Morley Safer, seen here in 2010, died Thursday in New York. (Photo: Charles Bogel/US National Archives/Flickr)

There are various reasons as to why we go into journalism. We pursue this work because it is a calling, because we have the ability to make a difference for the common good, and ultimately because we believe that the power of the written word or the broadcast segment evokes the ability to impact the civil discourse of our society. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | May 19th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Migrants: Where from, where to and local impact

Originally posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World

If you ever wondered why there is a better selection of tortillas in your local store or why getting good garam masala is suddenly much easier, the Pew Research Group has a quick way to look at immigration and emigration.

The Pew Group has a GREAT interactive graphic to look at immigrant and emigrant movements during the past 25 years at Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, from 1990-2015

Along with an interactive map, the Pew Group added a table so you can see with real numbers migration movement. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 17th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalism by Facebook

Journalism was a key component of Facebook’s growth. Above: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr)

The New York Times today published an interesting collection of pieces in its Room for Debate series on if Facebook is saving journalism or ruining it. The series of pieces comes amid accusations last week that the social network was suppressing content supportive of Conservative policies and ideas, and the release of documents giving guidance to editors on trending topics.

Since Facebook launched over a decade ago, it has significantly influenced how we communicate with each other, and ultimately, how news organizations communicate with audiences. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 12th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why Facebook needs a public editor

Mark Zuckerberg should hire a public editor for Facebook to benefit journalism’s relationship with the platform. (Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr)

It’s been a wild week for Facebook. The social network came under criticism this week for allegedly suppressing content that advocates Conservative policies when it comes to the content that appears on its Trending Topics list.

It also prompted a letter to the social network from John Thune, the Republican senator from South Dakota, with the senator saying if the bias were true, it was a violation of the values of an open internet. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 12th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why Facebook needs a public editor

Mark Zuckerberg should hire a public editor for Facebook to benefit journalism’s relationship with the platform. (Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr)

It’s been a wild week for Facebook. The social network came under criticism this week for allegedly suppressing content that advocates Conservative policies when it comes to the content that appears on its Trending Topics list.

It also prompted a letter to the social network from John Thune, the Republican senator from South Dakota, with the senator saying if the bias were true, it was a violation of the values of an open internet. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 11th, 2016 | #
Tell people what you want, give rewards: Twitter chat about comments

Ahem. First lesson I’ve learned form this is that Storify doesn’t appear to have a whitelisted embed protocol for WordPress blogs. So, to read the round-up of tweets from Tuesday’s #SPJDigichat about comments, head here.

And if you know how to make the Storify embed work on a WordPress blog, let me know … in the comments. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 6th, 2016 | #
Chat about comments with the Coral Project

Some days, moderating comments at stltoday.com involves a few quick looks as I juggle other tasks. Other days, it involves more time as I wade through hundreds of comments on a controversial article (or just one about a hot-button topic), trying to decide if this one is an insult, or that one is too racist to remain on the site.

The Guardian recently published the results of a study of the 70 million comments on its site (since 2006), and I found the results fascinating.  Continue reading


Net Worked | May 2nd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Now streaming: The world

They have been common occurrences in our Facebook feeds over the last few weeks — a news organization, journalist or publisher on the social network sends a notification to its fans that its live doing an event or doing a Q&A on a subject.

Whether its The New York Times discussing the future of Apple amid the conclusion of the company’s 13 year growth streak or the BBC World Service interviewing a German historian about the country’s past, live-streaming has become a new way for news organizations to engage audiences in conversations, as well as inform them about particular events. Continue reading