| Hybrid working is here to stay

The Covid-19 pandemic may have forced newsrooms around the world to adapt to hybrid working but the industry ought to be careful not to fall into the trap of ‘rampant individualism’ at the expense of training junior colleagues in the newsroom.

This is the view of Martin Cloake, who manages a large sub-editing operation from home. He argues that hybrid working is here to stay so media publishers will have to find a strategy to make it work but finding the right way to manages this will be key. | Read the more here

Forbes | The future of journalism is transparent publishing

There are many theories about the future of journalism. But in this piece, the author argues that the industry needs to place a stronger emphasis on transparency. In an era where publishing has become a free-for-all, it is no longer enough for organisations to report the news objectively.

The public has become more discerning and distrusting towards the news media. They demand news from organisations that they can trust and want to be able to fact-check news articles themselves. The media will therefore have to be more transparent than ever about its editorial processes. | Read the article here. 

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The Atlantic | Don’t let journalists go into politics

Some may argue that it is an unfair statement to make since one’s occupation is no determinant of a good political leader. Yet the writer of this piece argues that the British experience with journalists-turned-politicians should serve as a warning.

She believes that journalists make dangerous politicians “because they can talk their way out of trouble, have an eye for an arresting phrase and an appealing narrative, and know how to win over a crowd.” She notes that behaviour that is rewarded in journalism has crept into politics, something which we will all come to pay the price for. | Read the article here

Google | Eleven organisations from Africa are recipients of the second Middle East, Turkey and Africa Innovation Challenge

Eleven of the 22 successful recipients for the Google News Initiative’s second Middle East, Turkey and Africa Innovation Challenge are from Africa. The nine recipients from the continent hail from Zimbabwe (x2), Tunisia, South Africa, Nigeria (x3), Morocco, Kenya, Egypt, and Congo.

The Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge aims to enable a sustainable, diverse and innovative ecosystem of quality journalism. Through rounds of regional funding, the GNI Innovation Challenges empowers news organisations from around the world to demonstrate new thinking in online journalism, better understand their communities and develop new publishing business models. In turn, they share knowledge generated from the projects with the wider industry.  | Read more about this here

Wired | A people’s history of black Twitter

Black Twitter has become the most dynamic subset not only of Twitter but of the wider social internet. Capable of creating, shaping, and remixing popular culture at light speed, it remains the incubator of nearly every meme. hashtag and social justice cause worth knowing about. It is both news and analysis, call and response, judge and jury—a comedy showcase, therapy session, and family cookout all in one. Black Twitter is a multiverse, simultaneously an archive and an all-seeing lens into the future.

For Black users today, Twitter is Baraka’s prophetic machine: voice and community, power and empowerment. To use his words, it has become a space “to imagine—to think—to construct—to energize!!!” | Read more about this here



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