Poynter | Don’t read the comments? For news sites, it might be worth the effort
Over the years, online comment sections have devolved into a cesspool of vitriolic opinions that seldom critically engage the news pieces accompanying them. We have also seen legacy media groups, as well as newer digital publications, shut down the comment sections permanently. But the writer in this piece argues that we should not completely throw away the concept of comment sections and the benefits that they bring. For one, those sections give news publications the chance to hear feedback from their readers who are genuinely engaging and critiquing an article. Read the interesting insights on this topic here.
Nieman Lab | When it comes to media credits and bylines, men still take the lion’s share
The fight for greater gender equality in the media continues to fall behind, according to the report Divided 2021: The Media Gender Gap. The research was conducted by analysing 62,000 pieces of content from the US and found that men still dominate the news, accounting for more than two-thirds of article bylines. Read the article and the full report here.
Media Update | Three ways journalists can stay objective
As gatekeepers of the media, it is essential that journalists remain objective in their reporting. Any form of bias can harm their credibility and that of the publication they represent. Here, the writer provides three easy ways that journalists can ensure their content is free of bias. Read the article here.
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Journalism.co.uk | Three innovative ways to create audience revenue
In the internet age, it is increasingly difficult to turn casual readers into paying subscribers. But all hope is not lost as trends show that readers are willing to pay for content that they consider being credible and valuable. This piece provides innovative ways to acquire audience revenue which publishers should keep in mind in their member acquisition strategy. Read the article here.
The East African | Somalia remains most dangerous for journalists
As the industry marked International Day to End Crimes against Journalists on November 2, it was highlighted that Somalia is the most dangerous place on the African continent to be a journalist. The East African nation has seen 60 journalists murdered in the past nine years and reporters are routinely arrested and persecuted simply for doing their jobs. Read the article here.