Five Innovative Apps for Journalists from 2017

Digital tools are transforming the ways in which journalists create articles, market their stories and interact with current events. Throughout 2017, developers created new digital applications that use artificial intelligence and other technologies to help journalists better organize information and present their work. The following five applications helped journalists do everything from transcribe interviews to organize their email correspondence….

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Iraq, Syria deadliest countries for journalists Murders of Mexican journalists at highest number recorded

  At least 42 journalists were killed in the course of their work in 2017, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual analysis. While the overall number eased for a second consecutive year from record highs earlier this decade, at least six journalists were murdered in Mexico, the most killings there in one year that CPJ has…

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Ahmed Abba to be freed after Cameroonian Court reduces sentence on appeal

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s ruling by a Cameroonian military appeal court that should result in Radio France Internationale radio journalist Ahmed Abba’s immediate release from prison. “We are delighted that Ahmed Abba will finally be free, having already spent 876 days in jail too many.  Abba was a victim of a monumental travesty of justice and…

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Egypt’s Journalists Face ‘Unprecedented’ Threats

by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours This has been described as “the worst time to be a journalist” in Egypt’s history. As the year comes to an end, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi‘s government stands accused by rights groups of instilling fear through a series of draconian restrictions on the media. The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) dubs the country “one of the world’s biggest…

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Perspectives in photojournalism: How to Encourage Diversity

By Clothilde Goujard In the first installment of our six-part series on photojournalism, we look at the challenges of building a more diverse photojournalism climate — and highlight some organizations working to change that. Pauline Eiferman, a photo editor at Roads & Kingdoms, had long thought she was doing a good job assigning diverse photojournalists for her media organization’s…

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Kenya’s 2017 Elections – How New Media Stole the Mainstream’s Thunder

By George Ogola, University of Central Lancashire Seven years ago then Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan announced his presidential candidacy on Facebook. At the time the move was unprecedented and marked a significant departure from political tradition. His unusual choice seemed to symbolise a new dawn in Africa – the affirmation of social media as the new platform of choice…

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‘Local Media are Simply Disappearing’: How Financial Pressures are Killing Independent Media

When staff at Hungary’s left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper packed up their stuff on a Friday night a year ago, they thought they were just moving across town. As it happened, they were moving out altogether. Within hours, the paper had been shut down, literally overnight. Within weeks, ownership of the other publications in the group had been transferred to a…

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athways to Media Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa: Reflections from a Regional Consultation

Everywhere in the world, democracy and press freedom have been natural companions, but the two arguably have a special relationship in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the struggles for independence from colonial rule, in the wave of post-colonial movements that ended military regimes and dictatorships, and in the efforts today to hold governments accountable, the demand for press freedom, citizen voice,…

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Burhan is AMDF’s Journalist of the Month

Burhan Farah Hassan is a radio and online journalist from Somalia in the horn of Africa. He reports for the Somali radio station based in Kenya. Kenya is an African nation that hosts most of the Somalia’s media since the outbreak of the civil war in Somalia. He is currently working as a freelance journalist. “I control more than…

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UN grants available for media projects [Worldwide]

Organizations working in the areas of media, youth, women, democratization, community development, and rule of law and human rights are eligible. The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) is inviting civil society organizations to apply for funding projects to advance and support democracy. Project grants range between US$100,000 and US$300,000. Projects that are two years long are accepted. Project proposals…

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