On the Meedan Radar – February 2013

Posted on Feb 21 2013 by . Filed under: Research

Journalism & Tech

- Blog by general manager of French newspaper Les Echos on the need for a Digital “New Journalism” – interesting insight into how he views audience source awareness and trust: http://www.mondaynote.com/2013/02/17/the-need-for-a-digital-new-journalism/

- One to watch out for here, with a new series of posts by the team at Witness + special guests (Andy Carvin, Liam Stack etc) on citizen video for journalists http://blog.witness.org/2013/02/citizen-video-for-journalists-1/

- Twitter Devolutions – post by Marc Lynch assessing whether social media was doing harm to the Arab Spring http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/02/07/twitter_devolutions_arab_spring_social_media There’s also an interesting follow up post, with response from various: http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/02/11/reactions_and_responses_twitter_devolutions

- From the Ushahidi blog: Online Activity Has Potential To Escalate Election Violence http://blog.ushahidi.com/2013/02/04/online-activity-has-potential-to-escalate-election-violence/

- Great TED talk from Storyful’s Markham Nolan on separating fact from fiction online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNV4yIyXXX0

- Truthloader Google Hangout: “Can citizen journalism change the world?” > people from Storyful, Witness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imJ4jSPD5uE&list=PL7Vq61pMJqQCAbNLE62rmBqAhMkokXTL_&index=2

- New book by Naomi Sakr on “Transformations in Egyptian Journalism” – very informative for anyone interested https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/publications/risj-challenges/transformations-in-egyptian-journalism.html

- Google applies editorial pressure on Australian news publisher over report on Google Play security flaw. Not too sure what leverage Google had, they’re [Google] reluctant to comment for obvious reasons: http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/16/google-asks-journalists-to-tone-down-story-of-massive-google-play-security-flaw

- Egypt launches portal for internet users to report sites for blocking. Crowdsourcing put to spurious use… http://xn--mgbek0h0a.xn--wgbh1c/


- Interesting review of crowdsourced translation projects, detailing some of the big investment they’ve attracted in past 12 months (Amara, Duolingo, Gengo etc) http://www.commonsenseadvisory.com/Default.aspx?Contenttype=ArticleDetAD&tabID=63&Aid=3023&moduleId=390

Media Freedom

- 2013 Reporters Sans Frontiers Press Freedom Index > note lack of improvement for Arab states http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html

- Ahram Online editor says Brotherhood drove him out of institution http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/10236/ahram-online-editor-says-brotherhood-drove-him-out

- Jordan’s MPs call for press and media law change http://www.albawaba.com/business/jordan-press-law-470214

- Gaza Press Freedom Shrivels Amid Journalist Persecution http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/02/gaza-press-freedom.html

Upcoming Events

- 4M conference in Cairo (Feb 20-22) http://en.cfi.fr/areas-of-intervention/governance-pluralism/news-processing/4m-conference-cairo-how-new-media-are-shaping-journalism-and-the-news-in-the-middle-east

- Media as Global Diplomat: Media that moves millions (USIP – Feb 28, livestreamed) http://mediathatmovesmillions.eventbrite.com/

Radar image courtesy of  Leo Reynolds on Flickr.

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