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European countries address spread of fake news and disinformation


The spread of fake news and disinformation is high on the agenda in journalism and media circles around the world. We have reviewed a recent Reuters Institute analysis “Measuring the reach of fake news and online disinformation in Europe” and the project implemented by the International Press Institute “Necessity to address disinformation and build trust in fact-based journalism”.
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Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

 
New CIMA report "Media Pluralism, Public Trust, and Democracy: New Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean" by Mariana Rodríguez and Elizabeth J. Zechmeister from Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) shows that low trust and perceptions of a lack of media pluralism are linked to a growing dissatisfaction among citizens with how the region's democracies are functioning.
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Using research to develop media and communication approach 


There is growing evidence to suggest that media and communication can support people to become more resilient to short-term shocks and long-term trends. BBC MA report by Sonia Whitehead shows how research carried out
across Asia, and in Bangladesh and Tanzania has been used to build an approach to producing media programming for resilience that is rooted in the needs of people. 
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Tow Center for Digital Journalism publishes "Guide to Audience Revenue and Engagement" 


New research by By Elizabeth Hansen and Emily Goligoski at Tow, suggests that news sites need to offer transparency about their funding along with information and analysis that audiences can’t find elsewhere online. They must offer usefulness and a mission that readers, listeners, and viewers want to support. News sites offering unique coverage and visibility into their processes are better poised to turn audience interest into revenue to grow their work, concludes the report. 
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There is no unique type of East-Central European media system

 
Researchers based in Switzerland and Germany aimed to validate Hallin and Mancini’s framework of comparison to discriminate empirical types of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe. The article “Rethinking Hallin and Mancini Beyond the West”  finds that press freedom and foreign ownership point to significant differences between media systems.
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Wikimedia's role in shaping the future of the information commons


How will people around the world be using communications technologies to find, create, and share information? As part of Wikimedia 2030, the Wikimedia Foundation commissioned research to inform conversations and contextualize trends. 
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Program Director, News Misinformation Project/First Draft, Harvard Kennedy School, deadline 28 February

Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists at IWMF, open until 9 March

Berkman Klein Centre Summer Internship Program 2018, deadline 28 February

Funding Journalism in the Digital Age, Summer University by Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the CEU, deadline 11 March

The Centre for Critical Media Literacy at Dublin Institute of Technology is offering a four-year PhD scholarship, deadline 26 February 

Global Investigative Journalism Network seeks Africa Editor

African Journalism Studies and Latin American Communication Research (JLACR) journals call for papers, deadline 28 Febryary 
 

DW Akademie scholarships for Master's Program in International Media Studies 


DW Akademie is offering scholarships for Master's Program in International Media Studies 2018 for students from all over the world. The Master's Program is a four-semester, full-time program. The bilingual curriculum combines the disciplines media and development, journalism, communications and media management. 
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Scholarship available at the RNTC Training Centre


Experienced media and communications professionals can now apply for the following career-boosting RNTC courses: Data Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Media Entrepreneurship for Inclusivity, Digital Content Creative, Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change and Producing Media to Counter Radicalisation.  Scholarships are professional working fellowships, administered by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education. 
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How journalists and donors can work better together


European Journalism Centre is open sourcing a set of blueprints for better collaboration between journalists and donors. GFMD is supporting the initiative to search for a better way for funders and journalists in Europe to work together. Please join the discussion, leave your comments & remix the ideas.
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DFID, transparency revolution and independent media 

 
James Deane, BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Research comments in his blog the UK Department for International Development’s commitment to undertake a “transparency revolution”. "Their new strategy outlined yesterday Open Aid, Open Societies: a vision for a transparent world sets out a fresh set of commitments to close loopholes that allow corruption to be hidden; support efforts to make DFID’s partner governments more open and transparent, and scale up DFID’s broader support for transparency and accountability efforts."
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Civil society: how to participate at ITU PP-18

 
The ITU will hold its quadrennial Plenipotentiary Conference in November 2018. At the conference – PP-18 – the ITU will be setting out its strategic and financial agenda for the upcoming years, which will involve the discussion of a range of Internet-related policy issues that concern the exercise of human rights online. ARTICLE 19, along with a group of other 6 civil society organisations are inviting civil society to get more involved. 
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GFMD Webinar: Use of FOI laws in investigative reporting 

 
On March 13 at 16:00 CET, GFMD, PAN and FNPI will be co-hosting fourth webinar on the SDG16 commitment to public access to information and use of ATI/FOI laws in investigative reporting in different regions. Featured panelists are Rehmat Mehsud, Investigative Journalism Fellow with the Pakistan Press Foundation, and Carole Kerbage, award-winning journalist and MENA Desk Editor at ARIJ who will talk about how FOI laws have been used in their work.
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GFMD Webinar: Audience Research and Media Development

 

The first in a new series of conversations about media development research and learning, this webinar aims to showcase current developments in the field of audience research in media development. Join us on 15 March at 15:00-16:00 CET with Michelle Foster - Newsgain, Sonia Whitehead  - BBC Media Action, Dennis Reineck - DW Akademie and Christoph Spurk - Zurich University.
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