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How social media platforms and financial instability are threatening press freedom

While authoritarian control, persecution, and physical violence continue to pose a massive danger to journalists and their work, social media giants and news organisations’ struggle to achieve financial sustainability also play a significant role in threatening press freedom and the news media ecosystem as a whole.

Le Parisien doubles its digital subscribers, sets goal of 200,000

In the past year, France’s Le Parisien has doubled both its numbers of digital subscribers and its revenues from digital subscriptions largely through an effort to produce far more “premium” articles that are for subscribers only.

Comic strips, real-time dashboards, WhatsApp podcasts: South African newsrooms’ COVID-19 offerings

This year, WAN-IFRA introduced a Members’ Choice Award in the category of “Best COVID-19 Special Project” as part of its Digital Media Africa Awards competition.

Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Colombian journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima.

Daily Nation’s Mary Mbewe inspires young women journalists to become leaders

Mary Mbewe has become a role model for women journalists in Zambia, quietly moving up the editorial ranks and exemplifying how women can become successful media leaders. As this year’s WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Laureate for Africa, Mbewe says women journalists must continue to strive to be their best.

WAN-IFRA Women in News Launches Study on Sexual Harassment in the Media Industry – Africa to be focus of first phase of study

2020-08-17. Nairobi, Kenya – WAN-IFRA Women in News and City University of London are conducting a major research study into sexual harassment in the media workplace in select countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia. This study builds on research done in 2018 which identified a gap in available data on sexual harassment in media specifically in these regions.

Combatting Africa’s infodemic with a WhatsApp-only publication

The off-label use of WhatsApp as a news distributor has created an opportunity for readers to redefine what it means to have a digital experience, but there’s no clear business model just yet, writes Pontsho Pillane.

WINner’s View: Ethnocentrism, Xenophobia and Racism: Same Difference?

2020-08-04. How do we support the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, when we are comfortable watching our societies perpetrating xenophobic acts against our own African brothers and sisters?

‘Charge or Die’: Juan Señor gives a sneak preview of 2020’s Innovation in News Media World Report

While much of the world may be frozen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, media leaders should act and not wait for the crisis to pass, according to Juan Señor, President of the Innovation Media Consulting Group. Señor, co-editor of the Innovation in News Media World Report, gave a preview of this year’s findings at the Asian Media Leaders eSummit.

Vice Media Group reveals ambitions in APAC region

In his keynote presentation to the Asian Media Leaders eSummit, Chief Operating Officer Hosi Simon said audiences can look forward to “hundreds of hours of premium documentary films,” written content and a “huge, huge podcast offering” in the coming months.