“A short documentary which pulls back the curtain on the glittery facade that this oil-rich nation presented to the world when hosting Eurovision 2012″.
New York Times editor Jill Abramson says that half the people coming to the newspaper’s website in the runup to the election were searching for Nate Silver, the political forecasting whiz who writes the blog FiveThirtyEight.
“He got huge, huge readership,” she said at aconference covered by MediaBistro. “They weren’t coming for the rest of the Times; they came for him.”
In other words, Nate Silver has developed a personal brand that is bigger than the New York Times when it comes to the niche of political forecasting.
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For journalists reporting on companies, it can be easy to miss signs of fraud, theft, waste and abuse of power beneath the barrage of press releases and financial documents.
A recently released guide from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Global Corporate Governance Forum and the International Center for Journalists offers tips on covering corporate governance. The 76-page guide is also available as a PDF file.
Here are five ways that understanding corporate governance–how companies are governed and controlled–can help unearth stories:
Know the board of directors
Journalists should carefully examine a company’s management team, but it’s equally important to monitor the board of directors, according to the report. Warning signs include absence of key committees, a board that deviates from the standard nine or 10 members, or several non-independent members with additional company ties. Continue reading
If you’d like to bring your story to life in a tight space — say, 500 words or less — try traveling back in time to your 3rd or 4th grade classroom. Back then, your teacher most likely instructed you to write short pieces about a memorable person, place or thing.
He or she probably advised you to identify a theme — and then narrow the scope of your story — by selecting a character, a setting or an object that was relevant to your theme. Of course, some of these writing steps may not come in that exact order. For example, you may be drawn to a certain character as you write your first draft, only later recognizing the theme of your story because of that character.
With all of that in mind, here are some tips for describing people, places and things in short passages. Continue reading
We are happy to announce at last the dates of BarCamp Yerevan 2010, which will take place on June 5-6, 2010 in American University of Armenia (AUA) and will bring together bloggers, new media professionals, IT specialists, companies involved in Internet and digital technologies, journalists and journalism students as well as any other groups interested in using technology and Internet in their work. In one word, a very cute none conference for geeks 🙂
To know about BarCamp format and what is it at last, check here. To register or update profile for BarCamp Yerevan 2010 check here. To join BarCamp Yerevan official facebook check here and also add it to your events list here. We are also available on Twitter and official tag for BarCamp Yerevan 2010 is #barcampevn10.
Ernest Vardanean, a 33-year-old stringer for the Transdniester news agency Novy Region 2, is accused of spying for Moldova and could be sentenced to between 12 and 20 years in prison if found guilty. The Moldovan government, the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have urged authorities in Tiraspol to release Vardanean from detention and to ensure he receives a fair trial. Numerous human rights and journalists’ associations, including Reporters Without Borders, have also condemned his arrest.
While a small group of Internet bloggers and human rights activists picketed the Russian Embassy in Yerevan today, a television channel in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdniester has aired a video showing a jailed local journalist confessing to spying. Continue reading
There are 40 names on this year’s list of Predators of Press Freedom – 40 politicians, government officials, religious leaders, militias and criminal organisations that cannot stand the press, treat it as an enemy and directly attack journalists. They are powerful, dangerous, violent and above the law.
See all the predators – by group photo here
Many of them were already on last year’s list. In Latin America, there is no change in the four major sources of threats and violence against journalists: drug traffickers, the Cuban dictatorship, FARC and paramilitary groups. Africa has also seen few changes. But power relationships have been evolving in the Middle East and Asia. Continue reading