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The European Commission recently fined Google a record €2.42 billion (~$2.73 billion) for anti-trust violations in relation to its Google’s Shopping search comparison. One of the most significant anti-trust rulings in Europe since the 2004 Microsoft decision, it reflects the European Commission's assessment of Google's effect on competition in digital markets. In light of this decision it is fair to ask how must we assess the impact of large tech companies like Google on the free flow of information and our ability to make informed choices and decisions. 

This week we look for answers in new media and media development research that investigates the challenges of digitalisation and a dramatic change within the traditional institutional and economic framework of independent media. We also announce the 2017 IAMCR conference 'Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses' and the pre-conference 'Reflections on Foreign Aid, Philanthropy and Change in Media Systems' organised by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster, and Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) to be held between 15 and 20 July 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Reuters Institute releases Digital News Report 2017

With data covering more than thirty countries and five continents, the research finds that in many countries the underlying drivers of mistrust in media are as much to do with deep-rooted political polarisation and perceived mainstream media bias.

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WAN-IFRA’s Press Trends Report 2017 hails the arrival of the audience-focused era

The shift from advertising to reader-based revenue is reshaping the fundamentals of the news industry and declining trust is the biggest risk the industry faces . The evidence shows that audiences are hungry for credible journalism.

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IAMCR pre-conference hosted by CIMA

This pre-conference will bring together academics and practitioners working on various aspects of foreign aid and philanthropy designed to support freedom of expression, access to information, and to contribute to improving journalism and information ecosystems.

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Tell me a story: Narratives, behaviour, change and neuroscience

Radharani Mitra, Creative Director and Executive Producer at BBC Media Action’s India office, writes about storytelling as a tool for social change and quotes recent research about the social use of narrative power.

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International news reporting in SEE: Scarce, shallow, and politicised

The report published by the South East European Partnership for Media Development looks at how the media in South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) covered international news. One common finding was the apparent lack of interest in and poor quality of international reporting in all five countries.

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Fully updated Media Landscapes 2017 edition by European Journalism Centre (EJC)

 
Media Landscapes involves twenty-six expert writers who have mapped the entire journalism ecosystem of twenty countries. It provides an invaluable resource for students, researchers, social and political commentators and - of course - journalists.
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New book offers tips for reporting on Islam 

The second edition of “Islam for Journalists (and Everyone Else)" argues that a basic knowledge of Islam is now a necessity not just for foreign correspondents, but for anyone who wants a better understanding of news involving Islam.

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Inclusiveness and Access to Information and Knowledge


On June 13, ARTICLE 19 presented the statement on Inclusiveness and Access to Information and Knowledge during the High-Level Policy Sessions held at the 2017 WSIS Forum in Geneva.
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