Journalists are struggling with mental health, financial hardship, and disinformation, according to a “startling and disturbing” survey
By Sarah ScireThe Journalism and the Pandemic Project, a partnership between the International Center for Journalists and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, published the first part of their global survey of journalists on Tuesday.The results were “startling and disturbing,” wrote project authors Julie Posetti, Emily Bell, and Peter Brown:Based on an analysis of 1,406 vetted survey completions during the pandemic’s first wave, we can conclude that many journalists covering this devastating human story, at great personal risk, were clearly struggling to cope. Seventy ...
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Journalists dared to be braver as attacks on press continue
Journalists dared to be braver as attacks on press continueMANILA, Philippines — Journalists were challenged to be much braver to be able to combat continued attacks on press freedom under the current administration.This was the call of some of the panelists during the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility’s Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar, which was held virtually on Friday for the first time.“We do have to be braver now. The time for relying on press releases and press conferences is over,” ABS-CBN’s Chiara Zambrano said. “We have to take what was said and just shed out, peel away t...
It’s make or break time for Donald Trump
Now is when it gets interesting.When it was announced last Friday that US President Donald Trump had fallen ill with Covid-19, it was hardly a surprise. His political strategy of playing down Covid-19 required him to be reckless about his own health, and other Republicans were already dropping like flies. Fourteen Republican Senators and Representatives have now tested positive, compared to six Democrats.Besides, there really wasn’t much to say about it right away. Journalists who were up against a deadline speculated about how it would affect the election if he died from Covid, but that felt ...
The Bangkok Post
Journalists Trained on Disability, Mental Health
A training workshop has been organised for journalists in Tamale by Ghana Somubi Dwumadie to increase their understanding of disability and mental health inclusion in COVID-19 response.The purpose of the training is to strengthen their capacity to consider disability and mental health when reporting on COVID-19 and also enable them to become agents of change to support the reduction of stigma around disability and mental health in Ghana.Some of the training areas included an introduction into disability and mental health matters, the appropriate use of language on disability and mental health,...
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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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Journalists and aid workers: US hostages killed by Islamic State
Washington (AFP) - US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, were among Westerners taken hostage and killed by the so-called Islamic State group in Syria.Two members of an IS cell dubbed the "Beatles" were due to appear by video link in a US court on Wednesday, charged with involvement in their murders.James FoleyJames Foley was kidnapped on November 22, 2012 in northern Syria with British Sunday Times journalist John Cantlie, who is still missing.A writer and videographer, Foley, 40, covered the uprising against Bashar al-Assad's regime for...
Journalists, critics, scholars form independent ‘Real Facebook Oversight Board’
A group of journalists, critics, and scholars around the world, including Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, has launched an independent Facebook oversight board seeking to hold the social media giant to account over its inaction against right-wing extremists and supremacists using the platform to weaponize disinformation and legitimize violence.The “Real Facebook Oversight Board,” said British journalist and Pulitzer finalist Carole Cadwalladr, was formed as an “emergency response” especially as America inches closer to a critical midterm elections while still reeling from months of fierce racial prote...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Red Cross trains 25 Journalists in First Aid basic skills in Taraba
The Taraba State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday reiterated commitment toward giving priority to training and retraining of members on various aspects.The Chairman of the chapel, Adamu Sadiq disclosed this during the training of 25 selected journalists on first aid organized by the Taraba office of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.The training which took place at the Chapel’s Secretariat, Konko Plaza along FGGC road Jalingo, was aimed at equipping journalists with basic techniques of First Aid to victims of disaster they may come across in their cours...
Journalists face sedition charges under cybercrime law in Pakistan
Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) was passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2016. Screenshot from the Act.Three Pakistani journalists were charged with sedition between September 11 and 16 under Pakistan's 2016 Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), a law that has drawn widespread criticism for impacting citizens’ rights to expression and privacy.The journalists are Asad Toor, a producer of a prime time TV show called “Sawal with Amber,” which is often critical of the government and the military; Bilal Farooqi, news editor of the Pakistani daily The Express Tribune; and ...
Hong Kong journalists face health issues after 94% exposed to crowd control weapons at protests – study
Journalists who covered last year’s citywide protests in Hong Kong have developed a wide range of health issues after frequent exposure to tear gas and other crowd control weapons, a survey has found.Among the 230 journalists surveyed during last October and November, 94 per cent of the respondents said they had been exposed to the use of crowd control gear by police. Two-thirds said they came into contact with the weapons at least once a week from June 2019 onwards. The early findings were presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology on Monday...
Hong Kong Free Press