European media monitored through new Web site
A new Web site has been launched to monitor television policy, regulation and independence in Europe.
Currently, the Web site, MediaPolicy.org, monitors Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania and Albania. Plans are in the works to grow the site into a full journal covering television policy and standards from various angles, in Europe and beyond, according to a statement on the site.
The site was launched by the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society Institute and the Network Media Program of the Open Society Foundation.
UNESCO releases training manual, resource kit on sustainable development
A new training manual and resource kit urge media practitioners to closely examine sustainable development priorities and determine how best to respond.
The manual, published by UNESCO and the Thomson Foundation, has three sections. The first part covers issues on climate change, forests and fisheries, fresh water, biodiversity and pollution; the second is on the idea of sustainable development; and the last section takes a glimpse into the future, imagining what people would have to give up to accelerate gains for “sustainable” living.
Multilingual Web site offers journalists free development resources
A Web site focusing on development and humanitarian efforts around the world provides journalists free access to an array of development resources, including full-length book reviews, a comprehensive listing of development and humanitarian publishers, expert contacts and more.
The site, called Development in Practice (DIP), is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin.
DIP is also a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas among practitioners, academics and policy shapers, including activists and NGOs.
Organized crime Web resource for journalists launched
Several journalism organizations have come together to create the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) to help people living in Eastern Europe and Eurasia better understand how organized crime and corruption affect their lives.
The site contains investigative stories, as well as the latest news pertaining to organized crime and corruption activities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In the future, the site will contain an online resource center of documents related to organized crime including court records, laws, reports, studies and company records.
To view the website, go to http://www.reportingproject.net/new/index.php.
(sursa: International Journalists' Network)
Guide to sports and Olympics reporting to be published
Journalists headed to Beijing this summer to cover the 2008 Summer Olympics can consult the Reuters Foundation’s new publication, A Reporter’s Guide to Sports and Olympics Reporting, available in mid- to late-March at www.amazon.co.uk.
The handbook was written by former Reuters journalist Colin McIntyre with contributions from former Reuters Sports Editor Steve Parry, who has covered 19 Olympic Games, and from other Reuters reporters. It includes information on helpful preparations, what to expect at the event, and possible pitfalls.
The cost of the handbook is £14.99 (approximately US$25).
To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.reuterslink.org/news/sportshandbook.htm
(sursa: International Journalists' Network)
UNESCO releases report based on World Press Freedom Day findings
UNESCO has released the English version of a press freedom report online. The report is derived from World Press Freedom Day 2007 speeches and presentations. The World Press Freedom Day 2007 conference, dedicated to press freedom and the safety of journalist’s impunity, took place in Medellin, Colombia on May 3, 2007.
AlertNet video outlines tools for journalists covering conflicts and disasters
AlertNet, Reuters’ humanitarian news network, has launched a training video for journalists covering conflicts and disasters. The video highlights AlertNet for Journalists, a toolkit including crisis briefings, aid agency news feeds, interactive training and more.
Investigative reporters in Eastern Europe can apply for aid
Scoop, an Eastern European network for investigative journalists, offers financial support for pursuing investigative stories. Journalists can apply at any time of the year. There is no deadline.
Funding is available for reporters to pursue investigative stories that are either national or transnational in focus. For national stories in one of the eligible countries – Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia or Ukraine – the maximum funding available is EU€2,000 (about US$2,890).
Media assistance center offers online resources
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) has compiled a database of more than 600 resources related to media assistance, including books, manuals, papers and reports. Access to the database is free and open to anyone.
CIMA, a project of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C., is looking to expand its resources and is calling for suggestions. The titles listed in the database are not necessarily available via CIMA or online. CIMA also has published four of its own reports on media law, economic sustainability of media, professional development and journalism education. Those are available on the CIMA Web site.
Tools for Print Journalists
An aspiring journalist might ask: "Where can I find some resources on how to get great anecdotes out of an interview subject?" The short answer is this fine site, which was created and maintained by the Committee of Concerned
Journalists within the Tools for Print Journalists area of their main site.
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