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Mira Milosevic Joins as Executive Director of the GFMD

 
The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is thrilled to welcome its new Executive Director, Mira Milosevic, who takes over from Ayman Mhanna from 1 March 2017. Both the Steering Committee and the GFMD Secretariat join together in thanking Ayman for the strength of his leadership, vision, and unwavering commitment to the cause of media freedom, independence and integrity, and freedom of expression. Taking GFMD’s vision and mandate forward, Mira brings a wealth of industry experience to the organisation. She is a media expert who has managed Media Development Programmes at WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers), and has served as Chief Platform Officer at Indie Voices and as a Director of the Belgrade based Media Center. More recently, she is the author of the World Press Trends reports published by WAN-IFRA.
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Exploring the Intersections of Gender and Journalist Safety

 
With the upcoming International Women’s Day on 8 March, the question arises whether the media development community does enough to foster engagement over the concerns surrounding gender and media practice, the unique and evolving threats confronting women journalists in the workplace and during the course of their work? Are these concerns adequately articulated within the global media development agenda? And what can be done to foster an integrated approach to journalist safety? Colleen Lowe Morna, Chair of the International Steering Committee at UNESCO’s Global Alliance on Media and Gender and CEO of Gender Links, advises the media development community to embark on a deliberate drive to sensitise journalists, editors, and media houses on existing legal instruments on journalist protection in their countries, provide safety training and specialised support services for journalists who have been victims of violence, and to conduct baseline research on the lived experiences of women journalists that can contribute towards strengthening advocacy efforts on this issue.
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Courage in Journalism Awards - International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)

 
Overcoming threats, oppression, and a stubborn glass ceiling, women journalists worldwide persevere in their pursuit of the truth. The IWMF celebrates their achievements with the Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement awards. Reporting from areas of instability, oppression, and conflict, Courage in Journalism Awardees put themselves at risk to give us a window into critical global issues. Lifetime Achievement Honourees set new standards for women journalists and encourage future generations of reporters to find their voice. More than 100 journalists from 50 countries have been honoured with the IWMF Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement awards. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017.
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The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach- A Special Report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

 
Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward reliance on freelancers. Journalists, news outlets, and press freedom groups must find approaches that go beyond traditional training and advocacy.
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Net Neutrality in the Crosshairs after Trump

 
The United States Senate and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai are doubling down on their efforts to repeal net neutrality provisions in the US. In this article for the GFMD Micheal J. Oghia, Independent Internet Governance Consultant and Editor, provides background on the long advocacy for net neutrality, identifies its long-term opposition and supporters, and articulates why it is required more than ever today in providing citizens equitable access to internet.
 
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GFMD Co-Hosting RightsCon Session on Trump, Brexit and the Future of Media


GFMD will be co-hosting a session titled “Trump, Brexit and the Future of Independent Media and Digital Rights Activism” at the Access Now RightsCon event to be held in Brussels from 29-31 March 2017. The session is led by Susan Abbott of Cross-Pollinate Consulting and the roundtable discussion will include GFMD members Tara Susman-Peña from IREX and Friedrich Lindenberg from OCCRP as well as experts from Human Rights Watch, Open Rights Group, New Voices, UK, Central European University, Budapest, journalist Rohan Jayasekera, and Caroline Giraud, former Programmes and Policy Manager at GFMD and now Freedom of Expression/Media and Advocacy Specialist at Particip GmbH.
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Call for Papers and Expressions of Interest- IAMCR Pre-Conference

 
Media and Media Development are in flux. Digitalisation, globalisation, and a shift in paradigms and thinking related to democratisation and democracy promotion have given rise to concerns and questions related to the value and purpose of media development programs and the influence of international aid on journalism. In addition, the environment for media development work has worsened under pressure from increasingly illiberal governments and a collapse of the traditional institutional and economic framework for independent media. To what extent has the diffusion of a particular model of journalism practice been central to the “modernisation” project in international development, and what alternatives to this approach are emerging? GFMD, together with the Center for International Media Assistance; the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds; and the University of Westminster, Communication and Media Research Institute, are hosting a pre-conference at the IAMCR in Cartagena in July. Please register and submit your abstracts or statements of interest by 1 May 2017.  For the call for papers and updated information on the preconference, please check 
http://ajn.leeds.ac.uk/preconference-for-the-iamcr-15-16-july-2017
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Frontiers in Current Media Practice

 
The global news media industry is undergoing tectonic shifts in trying to adjust to a new media landscape, falling advertising revenue, and fragmented audience engagement. This article features some emerging new frontiers of practices that can engage with solutions for and concerns over a changing media landscape.
 
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Digital Transformation of Local News Organisations Focus of New $4.8 Million Investment from Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism

 
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism announced $4.8 million in new funding to expand a project that helps advance digital transformation at local news organisations across the country. The new funding will help partners expand a team-based change-management approach over three years to 12 new major metropolitan newsrooms, and extend the method to newsrooms of varying size and type. The Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s team of news industry experts will provide additional guidance to participants in audience development, content management technology, product development, digital subscriptions and user experience.
 
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Funding Opportunities: Google’s Digital News Initiative

 
The Digital News Initiative (DNI) is a collaboration between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high quality journalism and encourage a more sustainable news ecosystem through technology and innovation. The application window for Round 3 of the Digital News Initiative (DNI) Innovation Fund will open on 7 March 2017.
 
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