Archive for December, 2014


The veteran correspondents from the so-called legacy media who once flooded the crisis zones have faded away. In their place has come an army of upstarts as well as freelancers, citizen journalists, and people working for NGOs. Meanwhile, the death toll in Syria of journalists continues to mount.

To read more, click http://niemanreports.org/issues/fall-2014/

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In its annual report published on Tuesday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said there was an “an evolution in the nature of violence against journalists” with carefully-staged threats and beheadings being used for “very clear purposes.”

To read more, click http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/12/year-journalism-as-66-slain-20141216224223856234.html

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OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said that the worsening situation with journalists’ safety and the rise of propaganda are among the major threats the free media are currently facing.

To read more, click http://sputniknews.com/europe/20141127/1015247712.html

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The United Nations made November 2 of this year the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

To read more, click http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonspringer/2014/11/22/the-brave-journalists-asia-report-to-end-impunity/

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During recent trips to Pakistan and Ukraine, Sherry Ricchiardi led safety training workshops for journalists covering conflicts in their homelands. There was a sense of déjà vu.

To read more, click http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/23/the-dangerous-mission-of-reporting-on-war/19343299/

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A journalist researching a story about a sensitive document that puts his local government in a bad light worries authorities will snoop on his computer, so he uses sophisticated encryption tools to store and email the document.

To read more, click http://www.icfj.org/blogs/journalists-evaluate-your-digital-security-these-five-questions

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Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.

To read more, click http://www.neepawapress.com/news/international/lawsuit-documents-reveal-years-of-police-surveillance-on-british-journalists-1.1602016

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Former SBS reporter Yalda Hakim cut her teeth on Dateline. She laments the end of the program as we know it – ‘There seems to be a need to serve a shorter attention span’.

To read more, click http://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog-australia/2014/nov/19/so-dateline-needs-more-happy-stories-the-world-isnt-a-happy-place?cmp=wp-plugin

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Gerard Ryle was at a global conference in Rio late last year listening to Glenn Greenwald declare journalism in a “golden age”. Greenwald is the reporter credited with breaking the Edward Snowden story.

To read more, click http://www.villagemagazine.ie/index.php/2014/11/eden-not-apocalypse-a-golden-future-for-investigative-journalism/

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