Downing of Malayasia Airlines flight reveals media troubles in Russia

by IJNet
Jul 25, 2014 in Journalism Basics

Truth and the Russian media, a hackathon at MIT and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Here are IJNet's picks from this week's stories:

Truth and the Russian media

As the world reacted to the explanations emanating from Russia’s state-controlled media about what really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s worth noting that these tales of flying corpses and nefarious Western plots are part of a much broader campaign of distortion and propaganda designed to bolster support for the insurgency in eastern Ukraine and rally Russians behind President Vladimir Putin. (Columbia Journalism Review, 7/22)

Hacking journalism at the MIT Media Lab

In early June, a small delegation of Guardian developers and journalists made their way from London and New York to the MIT Media Lab in Boston for Hacking Journalism, a “hackathon to rethink how we create, disseminate, and consume media.” (The Guardian, 7/18)

Mediametric is a handy tool for writers and publishers to measure reach and online influence

Without the tools to capture and analyze data, capitalizing on the wealth of digital information is a challenge for online publishers. (The Next Web, 7/23)

Five basic spreadsheet skills any journalist can apply

To some reporters, data journalism might sound daunting – but it needn't be. Just a handful of basic spreadsheet methods can help you start finding stories in data, whether that is crime stats, hospital admittance figures, property prices or school results. (journalism.co.uk, 7/21)

CIR wants to turn investigative reporting into a weekly public radio show with Reveal

With $3.5 million in grant funding and an eye for collaboration, the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX aim to bring deep investigations to radio and podcasting. (Nieman Journalism Lab 7/22)

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