Monthly Archive: June 2016
Last May, I picked up the telephone at my desk and dialed into New Albany, Indiana. Situated on the Indiana-Kentucky border, it was the town that was home to an idea that is at the core of SPJ’s beliefs, principles and ideas.
The idea took root last year when Indiana lawmakers were considering legislation which would have been branded as discriminatory to gay and lesbian couples. Membership Committee chair Robyn Davis Sekula then came up with the idea to do #SPJ4All, a social media campaign that emphasizes SPJ (which itself is based in Indianapolis) is welcome and accepting of all of its members, irrespective of their gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. Continue reading
Net Worked | June 15th, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #consumption, #Current Events, #digital, #Facebook, #Future of Media, #research, #Reuters Institute, #social media, #study, #Twitter, #University of Oxford
Social media: Journalism’s hub
New data from Britain released today has given a new indication as to the role social media has in the world of modern journalism.
The data, released as part of the Digital News Report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, showed that 73 percent of Americans consume news through the web, including social media, while 46 percent say they consume news exclusively through social (an increase of 6 percent compared to 2015). Continue reading
Journalism and the World | June 13th, 2016 | #Central Asia, #Ethics, #International Journalism, #International Journalism Community, #Kazakhstan, #Local-Global
Kazakh Journalists Meet With Local SPJ Chapter
This item first appeared on the website of the Washington, DC, chapter of the SPJ
By Alice Ollstein
How do you distinguish between trustworthy news and propaganda? Is it ethical to accept gifts from a source? How can we keep publishing serious stories when our readers and editors are demanding clickbait?
These were some of the many questions tackled in a cross-cultural discussion in early June between SPJ members in DC and a team of four journalists from Kazakhstan who came to the U.S. Continue reading
Net Worked | June 12th, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #culture, #Education, #Future of Media, #Jacques Pepin, #Journalism, #Learning, #Newshour, #PBS, #public media, #social media, #storytelling
What Jacques Pepin can teach journalists
Jacques Pepin and I, through our professions, are different. Pepin is the successful chef, author and broadcaster, known to millions as the host of multiple cooking programs airing on public television. I am a journalist who writes primarily about journalism and digital culture.
Despite our pursuits of different lines of work, there are two things that we have in common — our commitment to quality and our ability to tell stories. Continue reading
This was first posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi decided that any questions about China’s human rights record is not something he likes being asked. Likewise, he figures no one else should be asked about it either.
An old friend, Frank Ching in Hong Kong reported about a little dust up during a joint press conference Yi had with Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Stephane Dion.
Seems a reporter asked Dion aobut China’s human right’s record. Continue reading
Journalism and the World | June 2nd, 2016 | #Asia, #Censorship, #China, #China Digital Times, #Freedom of Information, #Human Rights, #International Coverage, #Technology
Getting around the Great Firewall of China as June 4 approaches
June 4 is remembered as the day the Chinese government brutally shut down a peaceful demonstration in Tiananmen Square in Beijing that was calling for reforms in the ruling Communist Party and in the government.
One of the most famous scenes is the lone man with shopping bags standing up to a column of tanks. While no official death toll has been released by the Chinese government, estimates are that hundreds died in the army attack on the demonstrators. Continue reading
Net Worked | June 2nd, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #Business, #Current Events, #Education, #Frasier, #future, #Future of Media, #graduation, #Journalism, #Margaret Sullivan, #platforms, #students
Why the world needs journalism students
In the final scene of the legendary sitcom Frasier, as the eponymous character prepares to embark on a new chapter in his life and career, he sits at the microphone at fictitious Seattle radio station KACL and recites a passage from Ulysses, the poem by Lord Tennyson.
I think about it now as I sit down and write this blog post, conscious of the fact that many journalism students, as well as some of my colleagues and the student writers I work with at Kettle Magazine, are completing their degrees, and contemplating their next steps. Continue reading
Recently, Twitter announced plans to revise its 140 character length. The changes come as chief executive Jack Dorsey continues to try to find ways to engage new audiences with the social network, amid a history of decline of the number of users.
The most notable changes come in embedding multimedia on the platform, as the photo, video, GIF, poll or quoted tweet (a retweet with added comments from a user) will no longer be counted in the 140 characters you would have available. Continue reading