Leveraging data to combat COVID-19
Reporting of COVID-19 data has been under the scanner since the pandemic began. Experts address the ongoing need to make sound decisions with the limited data during the coronavirus pandemic at the Misinformation in Medicine Summit 2020.By Deepika KhuranaThe coronavirus crisis has put a spotlight on the need for data availability, correctness, and transparency. In a crisis situation, like we are in today, data can be an essential tool – right from crafting responses and allocating resources to measuring the effectiveness of interventions, such as social distancing, and use of the mask, etc.How...
Sexual Violence Reporting App To Be Launched In January
Plans have been concluded for the launch of a sexual violence reporting app for use in all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.The Executive Director and Founder, Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), an NGO in forefront of campaign against sexual violence, Ms Omowumi Ogunrotimi, disclosed this in Abuja while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kogi State University.Ogunrotimi said, when in use, the app – popularly known as “Campus Pal” – would help individuals and tertiary institutions report cases of sexual harassment with efficient response and management.She said the app, developed...
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...
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Iowa Caucus Reporting Delayed Partially Due To Trump Supporters’ Prank Calls
The phone number to report Iowa caucus results was jammed Tuesday, due to an inundation of prank calls from supporters of President Donald Trump. Some caucus managers were placed on hold for multiple hours, furthering delaying the reporting process.The phone number was posted on a fringe internet message board on Monday night, prompting Trump supporters to clog the line with anti-Democrat messages.Two participants on a conference call with Democratic party leaders told Bloomberg that Ken Sagar, a state Democratic central committee member, said people called the hotline and expressed support fo...
Trump Accuses ‘New York Times’ Of An ‘Act Of Treason’ For Reporting On U.S. Cyber Attacks On Russia
On Saturday, President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the free press, slamming the “failing” New York Times for its report that the United States was increasing its cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid.SLIDESHOW: TOP DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020In a series of tweets, the president claimed that the Times had committed a “virtual act of Treason,” by releasing this supposedly sensitive information, and then went on to undercut the information itself by writing that the Times‘ story was “NOT TRUE!” “Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today,” he said in a later tweet. “They...
Newsmakers: Reporting in rural India with Kavita Devi
Picture Credit: Priya ThuvasseryAs part of its celebration of innovative journalism, the Google News Initiative is running a series of interviews with changemakers from across the global news industry. Here is their interview with Khabar Lahariya Digital Head Kavita Devi.There are 200 million Dalitsin India, but you wouldn’t know that from the country’s mainstream media. Once known as the “untouchable” class in the Indian caste system, the Dalit community has been repressed for centuries and to this day are underrepresented in mainstream media.Kavita Devi’s work aims to change that. As a co-fo...