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Are Donors Taking the Journalism Crisis Seriously? An Analysis of Official Aid to Media 2010–2019
To secure the future of independent journalism, international aid is critical. And yet, the international assistance community is not meeting the needs of a sector in danger of extinction. Support for media has languished at 0.3 percent of total official development assistance. Out of the more than $200 billion of development aid spent each year, […]
Project Oasis: Sustainability in Practice
By Lela Vujanić In 2014, a group of journalists made the bold move to leave the Slovakian newspaper SME after it was partially acquired by an investment group with links to the government of Slovakia. They didn’t know they would soon be running a European media powerhouse. The journalists launched their independent media outlet, Denník […]
The Economics of Integrity: Trust and Revenue in the Digital News Ecosystem
The Economics of Integrity: Trust and Revenue in the Digital News Ecosystem Webinar | February 8 | 10:00-11:00 AM EST In conversation with: Dr. Eleonora Mazzoli, CIMA report author Dr. Paula Miraglia, co-founder and CEO, Gama Revista Dr. David Klimeš, executive director, Endowment Fund for Independent Journalism (NFNZ) Chris Hajecki, director, Ads for News Dr. […]
Journalism and Technology: The Use of Drones for News Gathering in Africa
By Nompilo Simanje Journalism has rapidly evolved over the years thanks to advancements in technology that have produced new tools and techniques for news gathering and dissemination. “Data, drones, and phones are the key to Africa’s media future,” according to an article by Stephen Abbott Pugh, then an ICFJ Knight international journalism fellow and engagement […]
‘My Job is for Humanity’: Afghan Journalists Keep the News Flowing
For years, independent Afghan newspaper Etilaatroz has published hard-hitting investigations into corruption, discrimination, and nepotism. In 2017, the Afghan parliament stopped the sale of government land due to an investigation by the paper, which showed that then-President Ashraf Ghani sold the land to an election supporter at a deeply discounted rate. Later that same year, […]
Strategic Litigation: Safeguarding and Advancing Media Freedom in Nigeria
By Obioma Okonkwo I recall vividly the exact day that my desire to defend media freedom was born 12 years ago. I was on my way to a bank and listening to a local radio station when an announcement began, alerting listeners to a robbery in progress at the very bank I was heading to. […]
Digital Trust Initiatives: Seeking to Reward Journalistic Ethics Online
In an online environment increasingly polluted with false information, trust in news has steadily eroded over the years. At the same time, high-quality news has been losing already scarce advertising revenue to clickbait and viral misinformation. Digital trust initiatives, which evaluate and label news outlets, aim to remedy these issues.
Safeguarding Press Freedom: The Unintended Chill of Misinformation Laws
Safeguarding Press Freedom: The Unintended Chill of Misinformation Laws Webinar | Monday, October 2, 2023 | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT In conversation with: Gabby Lim, co-author of CIMA’s report and doctoral fellow with The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, research fellow, German Institute for Global and Area Studies Dario Milo, […]
Fighting Fake News: How Mis- and Disinformation Legislation is Weaponized Against Journalists
In the aftermath of Russia’s deadly attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, that left nearly 600 civilians dead, journalist Maria Ponomarenko found herself ensnared in a legal battle for posting online that Russia was responsible, which the Russian defense ministry denied. In February 2023, she was sentenced to six years in prison for spreading “false” information about […]