Can new models of public interest journalism survive? – Robert Cribb

22 10 2017

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Over the past year, 34 students at four Canadian journalism schools — Concordia, Ryerson, Regina and the University of British Columbia — joined together with senior journalists at three national news organizations — the Toronto Star, Global News and the National Observer — in an unprecedented reporting collaboration. Read the rest of this entry »





How to regulate Facebook and the online giants in one word: transparency – George Brock

19 10 2017

File 20171016 31002 qye930.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Demands to regulate hi-tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are being heard at deafening pitch almost every day. This rush by the political herd on both sides of the Atlantic to make new laws (or to enforce the breakup of these corporations) is no better focused or thought-out than the extraordinary degree of latitude which the same political classes were prepared to allow the same online platforms only a couple of years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Could Snapchat’s biggest selling point now be its downfall? – Rebecca Mardon

23 09 2017

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When Snapchat launched in 2011, ephemerality was its unique selling point. Its self-destructing photo and video messages were a stark departure from established social media platforms, which encouraged users to construct and populate content-laden profiles. Read the rest of this entry »





Beyond cats and Kardashians: can journalism satisfy audiences without dumbing down? – Peter Fray

19 09 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences. Read the rest of this entry »





Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups? -Thomas Holt, Joshua D Freilich and Steven Chermak

17 09 2017

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In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet. Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





How PR giant Bell Pottinger made itself look bad – Paula Keaveney

7 09 2017
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The reputation of global PR company Bell Pottinger has suffered a massive blow. The boss has resigned, clients have walked, the firm has been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – and it has now put itself up for sale. All because of its work on a controversial contract in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Post-truth’ media really is shifting the news agenda: and more subtly than it seems – Precious N Chatterje-Doody

6 09 2017
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As stories of Russian “information warfare” in various Western countries continue to mount, governments, intelligence agencies and journalists are fretting over the influence of global media outlets funded by autocratic governments. But while these organisations are clearly meant to serve their sponsor governments’ agendas in various ways, is the West right to be so worried about them? Read the rest of this entry »