Digiday | Exodus from the news industry
The pandemic has resulted in many journalists leaving the industry. But why? Being a journalist is demanding and can be overwhelming, with many facing burnout, stress, and anxiety. The pandemic magnified these existing problems within journalism, resulting in some journalists leaving the industry. This article explores a journalist’s decision to leave after being in the industry for more than 20-years. This article is a reflective piece and a must-read. Read the article here.
Poynter | Student journalists need better training
Reporting on a news story or breaking news are completely different skill sets and student journalists need to be prepared when moving into an editor role. Being a great reporter does not mean that a journalist is capable of being a great editor, this article gives tips on how journalists can be better at editing and managing which are specific skills that may not come naturally to every journalist. Read more here.
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Committee to Protect Journalists | Using spyware to surveil journalists
Three Togolese journalists detailed how their computers, cellphones, and technological devices had been surveilled for years without their knowledge. The journalists only found out after the Pegasus Project, which is an international investigative journalism initiative that revealed that governments were spying and surveilling journalists, opposition politicians, activists, business people, and others using the private Pegasus spyware. One of the journalists revealed that as a result of the surveillance he had to flee Togo because of a report that he had published. Read the article here.
Nieman Lab | Facebook trying to knock off journalism on its platform
Facebook has been taking steps to reduce the role of news, especially political news, on its platform. As the company makes the move to remove news on its platform, many of its users have said that they are using the platform for news. A study has shown that as Facebook has been making a steady series of steps to remove news, many Facebook users have been using the platform less for news. Read the article here.
RSF | Taliban “journalism rules” open way to censorship and persecution
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are concerned by the 11 journalism rules that the Taliban announced at a meeting. These are the rules that Afghan reporters need to abide by. The RSF says that the rules are vague, dangerous and can be used to persecute journalists in Afghanistan. Read the article here.