Journalism faces a crisis in trust. Journalists fall into two very different camps for how to fix it
By Mark Coddington and Seth LewisEditor’s note: Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis. Mark wrote the weekly This Week in Review column for us from 2010 to 2014; Seth’s written for us off and on since 2010. Together they’ve launched a new monthly newsletter on recent academic research around journalism. It’s called RQ1 and we’re happy to bring each issue to you here at Nieman Lab.What work is required to build public trust in journalism?Journalism faces a well-documented crisis of trust. This long-running decline in public confidence in the press is par...
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Egypt journalists 'crushed like grains', women's rights group says
Independent journalists in Egypt are being "crushed like grains", a women's rights group said, in a statement calling for the urgent release ofjournalist Basma Mostafa.The 'Coalition for Women in Journalism' said it is "appalled" by the detention of the journalist and urged the Egyptian authorities to release her immediately."Journalism is a tool that helps both the public and authorities to keep everyone accountable. Journalists like Basma are essential for transparency and accountability in the state. The state should cherish and support them instead of targeting and detaining them," the org...
Jimmy Lai and Reporting 101: Intimidation goes with the territory
So, Jimmy Lai has been acquitted on the charge of criminally intimidating a reporter. This is good news in at least one respect. The case has been beyond comment while awaiting trial.This means everyone concerned has been waiting for three years. This comparatively simple matter should not have taken so long, but this is the level of efficiency we find these days in the Department of so-called Justice.I draw attention again to the passage in the department’s guidelines for prosecutors which points out that defendants are entitled to be tried within a reasonable time. In some American states, a...
Hong Kong Free Press
In Pictures: Wheelchair no impediment to Hong Kong’s frontline protest photographer
By Kevin ChengTommy Wong is a Hong Kong protester-turned-journalist with a difference. He reports on the city from a wheelchair. Born with muscular dystrophy, his condition has not hampered his ability to cover events during the past year of political discontent.“I am no different from most people, both physically and mentally. The only difference is that I have an electronic wheelchair as my legs,” Wong told HKFP.After attending peaceful pro-democracy marches in Hong Kong last year, initially against an ill-fated extradition treaty with mainland China, Wong could not join the protest front li...
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Journalism in Venezuela: it would be 'a crime' to stop
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Journalism is becoming "very complicated" in Venezuela where power outages, patchy internet and threats of violence have made reporting increasingly difficult, says Luz Mely Reyes. But she says it would be "a crime" to stop. The director of Venezuelan independent news site Efecto Cocuyo made the remarks in Rio de Janeiro after media watchdog Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index.RSF ranked Venezuela 148th out of 180 counties -- five places lower than a year earlier as the Latin American country sank deeper into crisis. If the economic an...
Tom Wolfe, Author Of ‘Bonfire Of The Vanities,’ Dies At 88
Tom Wolfe, the best-selling author who was know for his works of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as work in journalism, has died of pneumonia on Monday. He was 88 years old. The author died of pneumonia in a hospital in New York City, according to his agent Lynn Nesbit.Wolfe is best known for his novels The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff. He was also coined as the father of “New Journalism,” which was a form of news writing that integrated literary techniques and first-person experiences. His immersive reporting led to him publishing “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” in 1968...
A guerrilla test of ad-free: Let subscribers leave their ad blocker on
For the last couple of months, we’ve been conducting a novel experiment at the Bay Area News Group, the newspaper chain that owns The Mercury News and East Bay Times.We set out to see if people will pay for an ad-free experience online, but we didn’t have the engineering resources to actually give it to them.Our workaround? Just tell people: If you subscribe, you can leave your ad blocker on.It’s a surprisingly simple solution. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide already have ad blockers installed and are benefiting from faster loads and cleaner pages.This is the poor person’s version of ...
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