Cultural differences in Indian journalism

Indian media like the nation itself has diverse cultures. While small and upcoming media outlets in two-tier areas aim to dig deep into issues such as illegal land acquisition, or a fake exam scam, large and thriving companies backed with heavy investments focus on infotainment. The latter, governed by corporate conglomeration and political interference is possibly stifling the social responsibility of Indian journalism. The larger sector of media companies has also turned into media training, which is now a profit-driven model for the companies. These are expensive courses, which may not be affordable for someone who is really committed towards attaining a career in journalism and belonging to a lower economic background.

Media Coverage and Promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation in Tanzania

Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) do play a central role in social and economic development (Gurbiel, 2002). However, media is very influential in bringing the public with awareness on the role of ST&I. A study on media and promotion of ST&I in Tanzania finds little coverage of Science and Technology issues in media as compared to Political and social issues. Findings demonstrates that low coverage of ST&I in the media houses is associated with various challenges, these include; lack of expertise in ST&I disciplines by journalists, low interest of the audience over ST&I, poor interaction between ST&I researchers and journalists and lack of specific policy guiding the coverage of the ST&I issues by media. Data was collected through interviews and questionnaires and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) from the media industry including Radio, TV and newspapers.  The study therefore recommends that Science, technology and innovation studies should be introduced to students studying journalism at different levels of their training, promoting networking between science researchers and journalists, and campaigns to promote ST&I through media in developing countries.

Fresh challenges for media in the youngest state in India

In India, the largest democracy in the world, a direct and stringent media censorship by the state is nearly impossible. Thousands of newspapers, magazines, TV channels and radio stations in the country reflect the diverse views in the absence of a draconian media law.  However, media in India’s newly formed state Telangana  is facing an unprecedented challenge from the government, which has started an implicit censoring of the information against the state. Direct threats, defamation suits, blocking television channels with the help of cable network service providers, and even propaganda against media houses using state mechanisms are the methods used by the government. Only a year after the state was formed, a major TV network’s chief editor was arrested and several legal suits were filed against two TV channels for airing a news bulletin with a satirical bent on the new government’s policies.

Being a Journalist / Citizen in Central America in 2015

Since March 2015, waves of protest have spread in almost all the Northern Triangle countries in Central America: Guatemala and Honduras. Corruption cases have ignited massive protests in what also happens to be one of the most violent regions of the world[1]. Several UN reports agreed that little progress in ending impunity has been made in those countries. In Honduras, less than 10% of all the crimes reach court[2]. Major corruption cases like the theft of more than $100 million of the public social security system, pushed thousands of people in Tegucigalpa to carry torches at dusk demanding the President´s resignation[3].

Let the News Games Begin: From Data to Stories to Games

Data journalism projects involve vast amounts of information. The available material is usually edited and published in the form of (interactive) graphics, commentaries, or, quite rarely parallactic reports or one pagers. Since the conception and development of interactive stories is usually too complex, a lot of material, and data resources remain unused. Editorial games still represent a scarcely used means for the editing of journalistic data. In its role as democratic apparatus and supporter of political education, journalism has the responsibility and the power to bring knowledge to the people.

Research crowdfunding as quality setting for investigative science journalism

Crowdfunding of research, including called-for co-funding of investigative journalistic research, has met with difficulties and related skepticism in the crowdfunding industry. With the joint investigative scientific–journalistic platform initiative presented here, Baker St. Crowdfunding - named after both its Copenhagen street of foundation Bagerstræde (Baker St.) and its famous London namesake - we suggest to address this seeming challenge using a vision of quality through investigative techniques. The platform would feature two both important and distinctive traits: (1) allowing for keeping donors anonymous with journalist users, and (2) investigative science journalism (ISJ) substituting for academia and academic peer within both project review and practice. We discuss the manner  in which this possibility has been treated in the literature on academic-publishing review and quality, and suggest to try it this way in our test-bed area of research funding: crowdfunding.

Investigative Reporting: Chances and the challenges in Srilankan society

Investigative reporting is also belief in the watchdog role of the media.It is also focused on the accountability of institutions and individuals wielding power .It’s the journalism of outrage: belief in the power of the media to catalyze reforms. Investigative reporting is a process: Working from the outside in most often, investigative reporting involves investigating wrong doing by individuals or institutions. In this research paper the researcher tries to analyze the  reason for lack of investigative reporting  in Srilanka especially in Jaffna region.The objective of this research is to find out the practical difficulties in the reporting of investigative issues in the Srilankan Tamil media, especially in Jaffna region.In Jaffna there are  almost three regional newspapers are coming and many numbers of magazine publications also coming. Apart from many  radio stations, including online  radio as well as a television station  are also there. Even though it has a huge history in the history of media publication, investigative reporting is none of the media outlets. Internal conflict made the media suppressed to publish these types of reporting, but after the ending of the  war, the space for investigative reporting is none in the  media space.This research analyzes the challenges and the struggle following by the media industry in Srilanka especially at Jaffna.

Attitudes and Trends in investigative reporting in the Republic of Cyprus

Cyprus journalism has been for years described as non-combative, non-partisan and had rarely strayed on the levels of investigative reporting. In the past three years, under the pressure of the severe economic crisis the island faced, a form of investigative reporting, mainly restricted to revealing financial misappropriation has been seen to emerge. Leading role here is played by the newspapers, whereas TV and Broadcasting and any on-line media are lacking far behind. This appears to be happening, despite a decrease in circulation for daily and weekly newspapers. In this paper we will debate these manifestations and any other trends in investigative reporting in Cyprus, if and how investigative reporting is influenced or even instigated by politics and politicians, its appeal to the general public and the impact it seems to have on the agenda setting of the political scene, whilst at the same time we shall attempt to highlight any limitations posed by the dominant political culture in the land.

Data Journalism in China

China is no longer the subject of data journalism, but also the source of it. Increasingly, China’s reporters are the practitioners of data journalism. Although data journalism in China is as flourishing as it is in western world. There are many differences between them. This article aims to create a snapshot of the structure, process, incentives, resources and publications of the Chinese data-journalism teams. The goal is to figure out the characteristics of Chinese data journalism, and to find the key shaping reasons.

Rutas Del Conflicto: Storytelling from Data

Rutas del Conflicto, a project created in 2014 and that collected information from more than 700 massacres committed in Colombia, has worked on a methodology that seeks to incorporate citizen journalism based on an exercise of data journalism. Through a combination of tools including an app for mobile devices, partnerships with radio and television stations in remote areas, and printing their publications on the Internet, Rutas del Conflicto, working with a group of students from the University of El Rosario (Bogota) and the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Santander), created a methodology that has enabled dozens of victims tell their stories and participate in confronting the data related to the massacres. Witnesses and relatives of victims have recounted their version of events and how they have survived to displacement. The preliminary investigation of the facts has different sources, but it is often unclear, as most crimes occurred in remote areas, with little presence of judicial system. In the mass media, the main source of information are testimonies of perpetrators, most demobilized in the process of transitional justice signed by the Colombian government and paramilitary groups.