The Chilling: global trends in online violence against women journalists. A major interdisciplinary study under commission from UNESCO shows that the disturbing trend of online violence – from doxxing to death threats – is often tied to larger disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining public trust in fact-based journalism.
What is journalism? Journalism faces a choice between an incremental return to where we left off and a more fundamental transformation of what we’re about.
Misinformation literacy, not punitive laws, needed to combat fake news. African governments have resorted to new laws against false information, that don’t reduce harm. They also don’t promote media literacy in schools, which could.
Poland: purge of editors begins despite court ruling suspending purchase of Polska Press. Calls for Poland’s state-controlled oil giant PKN Orlen to immediately halt its interference in the newsrooms and editorial independence of Polska Press media and to fully respect the court’s interim decision suspending its purchase of the publisher pending a review.
One year on, an unwanted heroism: journalism under fire in a global pandemic. Far too many journalists are currently having to take their lives into their hands when they do their jobs.
A new form of community-focused capital for local news. For years, the narrative about local newspapers has been about their inevitable demise. The conventional wisdom is that these trusted sources of local news are doomed by digital disruption, hedge fund take-overs, the squeeze of corporate consolidation, or closure when an owner retires. The National Trust for Local News sees a very different future.
Vaccine misinformation insights report. The first installment of a four-part series, to be published at the start of each month, that provides a summary of the key trends and insights on information disorder related to vaccines over the past 30 days. As First Draft continues to monitor Covid-19 vaccine misinformation around the world, these reports are designed to highlight the most relevant media trends, narratives, emerging threats and data points we identify.
The lurid Orientalism of Western media. By trafficking in images of death, suffering, and private acts of mourning, Western media coverage of the COVID-19 crisis in India has broken one of the first rules of journalism. And while a Western double standard is nothing new, applying it repeatedly does not make it more acceptable.
The Guardian is 200 years old this week. An annotated version of its first-ever edition on 5 May 1821. The first item in this first edition was a lost&found announcement about a dog.
Case studies of online trust and safety decisions. A project to demonstrate how difficult it is to make online trust and safety decisions. Each case study highlights a real-life dilemma, looks at questions raised by the case, and explores the policy implications for any outcome. Each case is meant to demonstrate the trade-offs inherent in nearly every decision or setup.