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Frank La Rue to lead UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector.

GFMD is delighted by the nomination of Frank La Rue as the new Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information. Mr La Rue is a fabulous advocate and we look forward to working with him in his new position, in particular on the challenging implementation of SDG 16.10 on access to information and coordinated processes in conflict countries and on journalism safety. 


A must read for GFMD members :
Countering violent extremism

This report presents the analysis of a corpus of academic and grey literature relevant to a key
challenge facing our society. How can media and communications be used to counter identity-based violence (IBV) or Violent Extremism (VE)?


Facebook’s platform-driven news revolution, by Rohan Jayasekeera, from Vivarta

For good or ill, Facebook is opening up its Instant Articles programme to all publishers on April 12, after a year of advance testing it on a handful of media giants. In theory any media organisation, big or small, will now be allowed to host content directly on Facebook instead of posting links on posts that take readers back to their own sites... 

University of Indiana in collaboration with CIMA:
Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholarship opportunity on Global Media, Development, and Democracy.

The school of Global and International Studies (SGIS) at Indiana University Bloomington and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) invite applications for a 2016-2018 (August July) fellowship.

The Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholarship on Global Media, Development, and Democracy  is a two year post-doc based in Bloomington that also includes time in DC at CIMA.

The successful candidate will pursue his/her own research agenda related to media, press freedoms, and democratic institutions. In collaboration with CIMA and SGIS, s/he will contribute to research reports on conceptual and measurement issues related to evaluating the role of media in political competition and accountability.

The fellow will also help with a CIMA project to develop a cross-national measure of media ownership. Applicants with experience constructing and coding cross-national datasets are particularly encouraged to apply.
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