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February 04 2010


Internews Network: Journalism of Hope - Afghanistan

Afghans all over the world can keep connected with their country through a unique web site - Afghan Radio Connect - that gives them access to local news from Afghanistan’s 33 local radio stations.

The Afghan Radio Connect project, which recently won a Manthan award for Excellence and Innovation in ICT, started in January 2007. Nai, an organisation supporting open media in Aghanistan and Internews joined hands to develop this concept. The Afghan Radio Connect website allows listeners to find radio stations via a map or the station name or by subscribing to the RSS feed and newsletter.


With 47 journalists in jail, Iran sets notorious records

New York, February 3, 2010—Iranian authorities are now holding at least 47 journalists in prison, more than any single country has imprisoned since 1996, according to a new survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists. While many of the detainees were arrested in the aftermath of the disputed June presidential election, CPJ’s survey found that authorities are continuing to wage an aggressive campaign to round up independent and opposition journalists. At least 26 journalists have been jailed in the last two months alone, CPJ found.

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February 03 2010


The Twitter Train Has Left the Station

Why twitter doubters should at least give it a tweet before sounding off about it.

A Media Academy Grows in Bangladesh

A few months ago I received a call from Dr. Shahidul Alam, a mentor and colleague who has become a friend. Alam, an accomplished and peripatetic photographer, journalist, and activist, invited me to Dhaka to join a team charged with setting up a media academy for Bangladeshi journalists. Such an academy had been part of his plan for years, but he’d been consumed by other projects—building a career as well as a world-class photo agency, a degree-granting school of photography, and an international photo festival.

February 02 2010

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Member organisations of the European Federation of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists organise a yearly day of action for the defence of journalists' rights, ethics and quality.

January 30 2010

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What to AVOID when putting together a TV package. Newswipe's tutorial on some of the tired and worn cliches that appear on too many channels. 
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How NOT to report an event.  Newswipe's guide for TV journalists on what to avoid when packaging, and tips for presenters on how NOT to force a point and miss the point.

January 28 2010


The power of Drupal for today's online publishing

OpenPublish is a packaged distribution of the popular open source social publishing platform, Drupal, that has been tailored to the needs of today's online publishers. OpenPublish is ideal for the implementation of a variety of media outlets sites including magazines, newspapers, journals, trade publications, broadcast, wire service and membership publications.

January 27 2010


10 tips for spotting a news story

How do journalists spot a good story? What are the tell tale signs that distinguish fact from fiction? How do you know when you are on the right track? Journalist Jaldeep Katwala offers his top ten tips.

Please add your own tips as comments or join the discussion on the Media Helping Media Facebook Group. We will add the best tips to this piece. Let's see if we can reach 50 tips. Also, add your name so we can attribute the comments.

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January 26 2010


Southeast Asia - battles ahead to defend media freedom

This year, in the first three weeks of January alone, we have already been given a sampling of the battles that must be waged to defend the press and journalists of the region.

With chairmanship of ASEAN in 2010 transferring from Thailand to Vietnam, the big question is, how far will ASEAN and AICHR go in recognizing press freedom as a legitimate agenda for the region’s leaders? The answer to that will only begin to be hinted at and explored over the course of the coming months. But it will be crucial to everything, from covering the elections in Burma and addressing impunity in the Philippines to protecting the integrity of the Internet as a democratic medium throughout the region.

January 25 2010


20 diting tips for creating compelling TV and radio packages

Structure, timing, positioning and letting the interview breathe are all essential elements for ensuring a TV or radio package works. Don't try to cram too much into an item, perhaps just three points, and steer clear of noddies and walking shots for TV, they are boring. The following points should give those starting off in journalism a few tips to help produce coherent and informative packages. Please feel free to add comments.

20 interviewing tips for journalists

Journalists setting off for an interview need to be prepared. Try to keep it to three questions - at a push make it four on the basis that if you haven't worked out in three questions what you want the person to say you never will. Always be polite and thank the interviewee at the end. Never look at your notes and always listen to what the other person is saying in case they say something startling.20 interviewing tips by Jaldeep Katwala.

How to find out whether you have been plagiarised

Plagiarism Today sets out tips on how to find out whether the stuff you write has been nicked. Don't just search the title of the piece, pick a specific line that is phrased in a fairly unique way, put quotes around it and Google it. 

I can't figure out whether it would be more dissapointing to find you hadn't been plagiarised than it would be to find loads of cases.

Journalist to chair Human Rights Watch Board

Journalist and editor James F. Hoge Jr. will take over the chairmanship of Human Rights Watch in October. Hoge, currently editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, will become the fourth board chair in Human Rights Watch’s 32 years.

January 24 2010


Tips for fledgling news organisations wanting to be more effective

Free tips on setting out a content strategy, identifying and serving a target audience and creating a financially sustainable media operation.

January 20 2010


Interviews wanted at jailed Baku blogger's London protest

I'll have a small video camera at the demonstration outside the Azerbaijan Embassy on Friday Jan 22 @ 1pm.

The idea is to get short, 30" clips from some of those who made the effort to turn up.

The interviews will go into an article on Media Helping Media (MHM) and on MHM's You Tube site and our Facebook Group.

So if you see me with a small Flip camera and want to send a message, please say hi.


January 18 2010


10 tips for interviewing politicians

MicrophoneThere is a fine art to interviewing politicians. You need to understand their motivation, realise they will have a script, not allow them to complicate matters, refuse to be sidetracked, retain an open mind, know your subject, avoid a slanging match, and remember that you are only there to uncover information to inform the public debate.


How to help journalists in Haiti

A Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) initiative. @HelpJournalists

Editorial ethics for Twitter journalists

ethicsEditorial ethics of balance, impartiality, fairness and accuracy are at the heart of all good journalism. Without ethics some so-called journalists will be pumping out PR and propaganda. This module looks at journalistic ethics for the social networking world.

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