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TikTok’s rise as a news platform: Time to refocus your social media strategy?

2022-06-17. TikTok has been confirmed as a significant and rapidly growing player in the news ecosystem by the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2022, which also showed a worrying level of news avoidance by young people. How do you appeal to this market? Is it time to throw all your social media resources at TikTok? Digital journalist and audience strategist Francesco Zaffarano offers his view.

Germany: New report on politically-motivated violence against journalists

2022-06-16. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), has published the English translation of the 2021 iteration of “Feindbild”, an annual study into politically-motivated violence against journalists in Germany.

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Hybrid newsrooms – challenges, opportunities going forward

2022-06-09. Newsrooms today are grappling with the changing demands of the workforce, which has come to expect more flexibility and a better work-life balance. But how do the needs of employees align with newsroom operational requirements? And how can organisations address the continuing challenges around attracting talent and countering the lack of diversity in newsrooms?

How publicly funded news organisations are sustaining impactful journalism 

2022-06-07. Individual donors and funding organisations recognise the importance of quality and independent journalism and will go out of their way to support it.

How The Guardian’s reader revenue strategy is paying big dividends

2022-06-02. The Guardian is now more than 200 years old, but the past 10 years have proven to be among the most exciting in its history. One of the biggest changes for the UK-based global news publisher has been the move to a reader contribution revenue model that launched in late 2015 and has been enormously successful.

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How The Globe and Mail has managed to grow revenue, subscriptions – and print

2022-05-31. The Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest independently-owned media business, connects with more than 70 percent of the country’s population each month.

Why news startups need an entrepreneurial mindset to survive

2022-05-30. Most news startups are founded by journalists who lack an understanding of the business side of newsrooms. Reality hits hard when funding and investments become a priority – besides the passion for news – to achieve sustainable growth.

Podcast – Reporting on Africa’s dangerous beats

2022-05-24. The latest episode of the Backstory Media Freedom podcast looks at how journalists cover sensitive stories while remaining safe on the job. We talk to reporters who shine a light on environmental issues, politics, and minority communities about their experiences of doing public interest journalism in the face of serious threats.

WAN-IFRA calls for independent, transparent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

2022-05-13. [Official statement] Despite rejection of a criminal investigation by Israeli authorities, WAN-IFRA reiterates demands for an independent inquiry into the killing of the prominent Palestinian-American journalist, urging Israel to cooperate fully in bringing perpetrators to account.

World’s press condemns killing of Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine

2022-05-11. [NEWS REPORT] Prominent Al Jazeera correspondent was reporting from the occupied West Bank town of Jenin when she was shot and critically wounded.