BBC pushes news and safety tips to Nepal using chat app Viber

by IJNet
Oct 30, 2018 in Miscellaneous

BBC uses Viber to offer tips and help those in Nepal stay safe, recommended verification resources, why we should be cautious of Google and Facebook and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

In earthquake-ravaged Nepal, the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips

In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover. (Nieman Lab, 4/30)

Tip: Bookmark this list of verification resources

Working with social media is now part of most journalists' everyday jobs, but how can you know that what you see online is exactly what it claims to be?

Josh Stearns of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation compiled a list of resources to help journalists fact-check and verify content from social media, republished by Journalists' Resource. (, 4/13)

Google and Facebook are our frenemy. Beware.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and any other social platform you care to name would at one time have gone to the corporate stake to defend the idea that they are not publishers or actively engaged in acts of journalism. Things are changing rapidly. (Columbia Journalism Review, 4/30)

Freedom of the Press 2015: harsh laws and violence drive global decline

Conditions for the media deteriorated sharply in 2014 to reach their lowest point in more than 10 years, as journalists around the world encountered more restrictions from governments, militants, criminals and media owners, according to Freedom of the Press 2015, released [Tuesday] by Freedom House. (Freedom House, 4/28)

Here’s how BuzzFeed is thinking about its international growth

The viral juggernaut opened its first site outside the United States in 2013 in the United Kingdom, and has since grown to add editorial operations in France, Australia, Brazil, India and Germany too. There’s also the New York-based BuzzFeed Español that targets a Latin American audience. The expansion to Mumbai, Berlin and now Mexico City were announced last summer (along with a planned move to Tokyo) after BuzzFeed received another round of funding. (Nieman Lab, 4/28)

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