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A little means a lot to developing media

Western funders should take a reality check when setting objectives for media interventions. Success should be measured on the ground and by local values.

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Can a news digest really be complete?

It’s brave of Yahoo to claim that its News Digest service is a “comprehensive and complete” “definitive summary” of “important need to know” news – as opposed to “want to know” news. I’ve been testing it.

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Free grammar check for journalists

An infographic, pointing out what are claimed to be the top 20 grammatical mistakes made by journalists, has been shared on social media this week. The graphic is entertaining, but the associated free tool for checking copy caught my attention.

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Media guidance for dealing with hate speech

The Ethical Journalism Network has published guidelines which it hopes will help journalists deal with hate speech in news stories.

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Valuable indicators of global media consumption

News organisations, looking for data to support a business case for delivering content to users on multiple digital devices and on social media, might find research, published earlier this year, helpful.

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The grassroots call for media assistance

What can be done to help budding journalists in remote locations gain access to the knowledge needed to make them efficient and effective reporters covering areas that are sometimes neglected?

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The ‘over’ and ‘more than’ debate

The bulk of my early journalistic training was through peer group humiliation. Any mistakes were announced publicly for all to hear. And they were lessons learnt for life.

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Join Media Helping Media on Kiva

If you use Kiva and don’t yet belong to a team, you are welcome to join the Media Helping Media team.

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Essential first principles for convergence

The following are the essential elements for the introduction of a converged (integrated) newsroom strategy. All the following areas must be addressed for convergence to work properly.


The importance of asking searching questions

The job of the journalist is to question everything they are told. If we fail to ask the right questions we might end up presenting a superficial and shallow interpretation of events.