Friday, 27 June 2014

Vice News tells personal stories of journalists through illustrated series | Media news

The private stories of international journalists rarely make the cut in conventional news. ButCorrespondent Confidential, an illustrated documentary series from Vice News, makes these unique reporting experiences the focus of its episodes.

Series producer Carrie Ching said she knows first hand from working with investigative journalists that some of the best stories do not go into the final piece. One of the goals of the project was to "expand the way that we tell stories in journalism by allowing the reporter to be part of the story".

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

New Sources of Funding for Freelance Journalists | Rory Peck Trust

Finding funding for your latest project can be difficult and time-consuming. We created theSource of Funding pages to help under-resourced freelancers discover the variety of grants available, and to offer advice on how to apply for them.

We've had a great response from freelancers so far, and it's consistently one of the most popular resources on our site. There's a large number of grants availabe for freelancers. Our aim is to compile the most relevant ones and categorise them into region-specific or international sections.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Egypt finds Al Jazeera journalists guilty - Al Jazeera English

Two Al Jazeera English journalists have been sentenced to seven years in jail and one to 10 years by an Egyptian court on charges including aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news.

The guilty verdicts were delivered by a judge on Monday against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in jail, while Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition. Mohamed was in posession of a spent bullet he had found on the ground during a protest.

Are Sky and BBC leaving the field open to Twitter competitors? | Online Journalism Blog

At first glance, Sky's decision that its journalists should not retweet information that has "not been through the Sky News editorial process" and the BBC's policy toprioritise filing "written copy into our newsroom as quickly as possible" seem logical.

For Sky it is about maintaining editorial control over all content produced by its staff. For the BBC, it seems to be about making sure that the newsroom, and by extension the wider organisation, takes priority over the individual.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Why would anyone want to be a journalist? : June 2014 : Contributoria - community funded, collaborative journalism

For someone who, by his own admission, has 'lost everything', photojournalist Giles Duley looks surprisingly chipper when we meet in a smart South African hotel for breakfast.

The previous day he'd been treated as something of a media darling, with applause and genuine whoops from the participants greeting him as he took to the stage of the International Press Institute World Congress to share his story.

But now he was preparing to fly back to London - something that's not as easy as it sounds for a man with no legs and one arm...