A new safety platform for women journalists, Fresco News’ Fox partnership and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
New platform launched to monitor threats against women journalists
To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) partners with the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) to launch a special Women’s Reporting Point to address the growing threat facing women journalists coming from the online and offline world. (European Federation of Journalists, 3/8)
Fresco News teams with Fox to bring citizen journalism to local newsrooms around the U.S.
Crowdsourced journalism startup Fresco News has just scored a notable partnership which will bring photo and video footage shot by ordinary citizens to several local Fox newsrooms around the U.S. Using the company’s iPhone app, participating Fox-owned stations will be able to send out assignments to the app’s users, who will then submit content to be used on-air. Users will receive US$50 for videos and US$20 for photos if they ended up being selected as part of the news program. (TechCrunch, 3/9)
How The Telegraph builds new formats to make its news coverage more engaging
As part of its continued efforts to encourage innovation in the newsroom, The Telegraph is trying to be more strategic in how it develops digital tools.
Malcolm Coles, the outlet's director of digital media, said the organization is trying to "create reusable assets" so that journalists can be more efficient in how they plan their coverage and report on stories. (Journalism.co.uk, 3/9)
Facebook is eating the world
Something really dramatic is happening to our media landscape, the public sphere, and our journalism industry, almost without us noticing and certainly without the level of public examination and debate it deserves. Our news ecosystem has changed more dramatically in the past five years than perhaps at any time in the past five hundred. We are seeing huge leaps in technical capability—virtual reality, live video, artificially intelligent news bots, instant messaging and chat apps. We are seeing massive changes in control, and finance, putting the future of our publishing ecosystem into the hands of a few, who now control the destiny of many. (Emily Bell, Columbia Journalism Review, 3/7)
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