New report answers five questions about social media and the news

by IJNet
Oct 30, 2018 in Social Media

Social media's impact on journalism, government censorship and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

How social media is reshaping news

The ever-growing digital native news world now boasts about 5,000 digital news sector jobs, according to recent calculations, 3,000 of which are at 30 big digital-only news outlets. Many of these digital organizations emphasize the importance of social media in storytelling and engaging their audiences. (Pew Research Center, 9/24)

Palestinian Authority arrests two journalists for Facebook posts

The Palestinian Authority’s recent arrests of two journalists in the occupied West Bank are part of a broader pattern of monitoring and censoring social media activity, according to the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms. (The Electronic Intifada, 9/29)

Venezuelan censorship gets creative

Illustrator Rayma Suprani recently got a phone call. Her editor was on the line and was brief. El Universal, Venezuela's century-old daily newspaper, where Suprani had worked for 19 years, winning prizes and delighting readers, would no longer require her services. Her offense: a cartoon. (Bloomberg View, 9/30)

Is press censorship in Serbia “worse than the 1990s”?

Serbian journalists last night gathered outside the studios of national broadcaster B92, in protest at the decision to cancel politics talk show Utisak Nedelje (Impressions of the Week). B92 claims the popular show - on air since 1991 - has not been cancelled but postponed due to a breakdown in negotiations with its author and presenter Olja Beckovic. (Index, 9/29)

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