Reuters Institute | How Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover may impact the work of African journalists

Journalists from Nigeria and Zimbabwe expressed their concerns about the new policies that Elon Musk has implemented at Twitter since he took over the company. Musk announced a list of changes that Twitter will undergo, including that Twitter users will be required to pay $8 per month, for a verification badge. In Africa, where repressive regimes are looking for new ways to clamp down on free speech and dissidents, journalists and media workers are raising concerns about the potential risks and challenges a Musk-owned Twitter would pose for their work. Read the article here. 

International Journalists Network | Alternative platforms for journalists saying goodbye to Twitter

IJN has provided a list of alternative social media platforms that journalists can use, as it seems that Twitter will no longer be a place or a platform that journalists can use to engage. Read more here.

NiemanLab | Can Mastodon be a reasonable Twitter substitute for journalists?

Since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, the social media platform is in crisis, with many journalists questioning what the new changes implemented by Musk mean for journalists and their work. Mastodon, is a platform that has similar features to Twitter, but can the open-source software be a suitable replacement for Twitter? Read the article here.

Business Standard | Elon Musk must preserve Twitter’s most vital function – citizen journalism

Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing, and disseminating news and information. Twitter has long been a platform that supported citizen journalism, however, there are concerns that the social media platform will no longer provide a space for citizens to play an active role in the dissemination of news and information. Read the article here

Tech Explore | Journalists have much to lose if Twitter dies

Twitter has become an important platform for journalists to interact with audiences or readers, as a result, the social media platform has formed a crucial part of journalists work. Read the article here | How journalists can get verified on Mastodon

Now that Elon Musk’s Twitter is now charging people $8 to get verified and users have moved over to Mastodon, many journalists are wondering how to prove their legitimacy on this fast-growing platform. This guide, created by two journalists, helps solve this dilemma. Read the article here.  

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