VICE | CYBER: What comes after social media

The demise of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook has been widely reported on as audience appetites change and the world moves on to other newer apps such as TikTok. What hasn’t been explored is what comes next. Hear from Motherboard writer Edward Ongweso Jr who says the tech industry is struggling to create the next big thing. Listen to the interview here

Committee to Protect Journalists | Safety guidance, press freedom warnings for Qatar World Cup

Ahead of the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, The Committee to Protect Journalists has issued a guide on how to remain safe while covering the event in Qatar. The country’s government has a low tolerance for critical reporting and has a history of detaining reporters. It is a useful read for journalists, read more here.

BusinessLIVE | Meta to cut 11,000 jobs

The parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has announced that it will be letting go of thousands of its staff. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lamented the fact that it was the hardest decision that he’d had to make in the company’s 18-year history. Ultimately it was his call, he said, as the company tries to recover from disappointing earnings and a slide in revenue. Read the article here.

Daily Maverick | Fewer journalists were killed in 2020/21 but the rate of impunity is still high

Between 2020 and 2021, 117 journalists were killed globally however, that is the lowest number of deaths since 2008. Although fatalities have been decreasing in countries both experiencing and not experiencing armed conflict, journalists have become less safe in countries not experiencing armed conflict than in countries with conflict. Read the article here. 

Voice of America | Somali Journalists say new government directive will put their lives in danger 

The Somalian government has directed that journalists replace the word Al-Shabab with khawarij. But according to Somalian journalists, this new directive will put their lives in danger as journalists who report on the militant group and start using the word khawarij will seem as though they are siding with the government and they will become targets of the militant group. Read the article here. 

What’s New In Publishing | How Reuters News Agency uses data to build trust in its reporting

Reuters has shared how in the run-up to the US midterm elections, it used data to build trust with its audiences. One of the ways it has been able to do this is by using data and statistics to add context and discount misinformation. Reuters says it also uses ‘pre-bunking’ articles to get ahead of the fake news and prevent people from falling for it. Read the article and listen to the full interview here.


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