After decades of shrinking revenues, and an increasing expectation among consumers that journalism should be free, the global media industry has reached a crisis point. As legacy news outlets shut down or lay off staff, misinformation and conspiracy theories run rampant, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.
On the Media
After the 1994 [Zapatista] uprising, a boom in documentary films focused on indigenous themes and communities — but the overwhelming majority, Sojob says, were made by people from outside the state. Her own interest in storytelling began when, using a camera that her father gave her, she recorded an ongoing land conflict between the people of Chenalhó and the neighboring town of Chalchihuitán. Unless there was some sort of testimony, she realized, no one would know what was happening, “that it was us, ourselves, who had to get out everything that was happening within, from our own context, from our community.”
ON THE MEDIA | A New Paradigm for Global Journalism: Press Freedom and Public Interest, The Tow Center
There is a need to expand the framework for press freedom defense to incorporate the notion of public interest. Linking press freedom and public interest allows for the protection of press freedom based not only on the individual right to free expression but also on the collective social benefit derived from independent journalism.
As journalists and local news organizations, we have recognized over the past few years that we have too often lost touch with the basic civic information needs of our communities. It is difficult for citizens to engage with either news media or government without the fundamental information they need to participate.
ON THE MEDIA | Rosa Park was not a little old lady who was tired that one day on the bus, it’s just so inaccurate – The Monitor
Rosa Parks was taking testimony from women who’d been raped … she would travel around the country doing that. It just really changes your take on her … Rosa Park was not a little old lady who was tired that one day on the bus, it’s just so inaccurate.
ON MIGRATION, ON THE MEDIA | In a New Documentary, Refugees Reclaim Their Narrative, from Hyperallergic
Refugees of the Moria camp in Lesvos, Greece are behind the camera in the film Nothing About Us Without Us.
One of the pressing complaints about Western journalism is that traveling reporters drop into the scene where a story is unfolding, tell only a fraction of it, and jet off to the next destination chasing another lede. Marginalized people seeking media coverage also sometimes find themselves at the mercy of journalists who lack cultural context in their reporting, resulting in clickbait headlines that reinforce problematic stereotypes.
The experience of an Arizona student journalist highlights the growing threat that online harassment poses to journalists, especially those just starting out.
Dozens of journalists have been killed across the region, despite protections designed to keep them safe.
The disruption of the media ecosystem and unfair competition driven in part by the move to a digital, mobile, and platform-dominated media environment jeopardizes the sustainability of journalism, which represents a major democratic danger.
Policymakers, investors, and funders have often had warm words to say about the value of independent journalism, [but] when it comes to cold, hard cash or meaningful policies, in a world of growing crises, other priorities tend to take precedence.
ON THE MEDIA | Media Reform amid Political Upheaval: Lessons from Burma, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Ukraine
Reforming the media sector is central to ensuring the success of a democratization effort. Yet reform efforts can easily stall as [it] contends with entrenched political and business interests vying for control of the information space.
On the fourth anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, we should demand accountability from Saudi Arabia, louder than ever. But we should also denounce, as Khashoggi would have, the assaults against press freedom in so many other countries that continue unabated — and often go unremarked.