How America’s war devastated Afghanistan’s environment, seeking to reward journalistic ethics online, and Jimmy Lai marks 1,000 days in prison

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How America’s war devastated Afghanistan’s environment. Those who lived near vast bases say the US military’s lack of protections poisoned the land and sickened their children, perhaps for generations. An in-depth reportage by Lynzy Billing.

Digital trust initiatives: seeking to reward journalistic ethics online. What can be done to ensure that high-quality, independent journalism — instead of misinformation and clickbait — can still attract public attention when news dissemination is increasingly mediated by digital platforms?

Jimmy Lai marks 1,000 days of unjust detention in prison in Hong Kong. 26 September 2023 marked 1,000 days of consecutive detention in prison in Hong Kong for Jimmy Lai, renowned pro-democracy campaigner, writer, publisher and owner of the Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily, now forcibly closed by the authorities. He has been in prison continuously since December 2020, following his arrest in August 2020.

Black Americans’ experiences with news. Black Americans are critical of news coverage of Black people and say educating journalists would make coverage fairer.

25 Ukrainian newsrooms publish their Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) transparency reports to enhance prospects for philanthropic and advertising support. This is the first batch of beneficiaries of Reporters Without Borders’ JTI Emergency Protocol, deployed in Ukraine for the first time ever in partnership with NewsGuard, which also rated these sites for their trustworthiness. Even in times of war, these assessments prove that the best journalism standards can be upheld.

How old-school field reporting powers high-tech visual investigations. The key to the breakthrough field of visual forensic investigations — in which culprits are identified and events are reconstructed, moment by moment — is traditional, on-the-ground reporting, not the sophisticated forensic tools used later in the process.

Why a diversified revenue portfolio is the best sustainability insurance for media organizations. And 3 great examples of what this can look like for smaller newsrooms.

Paying for news: price-conscious consumers look for value amid cost-of-living crisis. This RISJ report uses survey data from 20 countries to explore who is paying for news content online, which publications they pay for, how much they pay, and what motivations they have for subscribing or donating to news.

“These dollars are not reaching BIPOC newsrooms”: Tracie Powell and Meredith Clark on funding inequities and local news. “You say you’re giving more dollars to BIPOC newsrooms? Well, you’re actually giving to intermediaries who are filtering down those dollars to BIPOC newsrooms. But they’re not filtering down enough.”

Public service media, relationship with audiences, and forensic journalism – what does recent research say? A roundup of three research papers on the news media industry.

Russian news outlet in Latvia believes European state behind phone hack. Galina Timchenko, the CEO of Meduza, was hacked earlier this year before participating in a meeting of exiled Russian journalists.

Photo credit: Afghanistan countryside from the Pamir highway by EJ Wolfson on Unsplash