Journalism is a public good so let the public make it, 12 brilliant data journalism projects of 2021, and disinformation is not *the* problem

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Journalism is a public good. Let the public make it. Ivory-tower journalism has failed. It’s time we focus on building public infrastructure where everyone can find, factcheck, and produce civic information.

12 brilliant data journalism projects of 2021. Selected by the team.

Disinformation is not the problem. It is a problem that can distract us from others. Yes, disinformation is a problem. But by treating it as the problem, we can cause more: We give malign actors the attention that feeds them as we spread their messages. We defer facing society’s real ills. We ignore voices too long not heard. We present a distorted and dystopian view of reality. We delay building a better internet and society.

Environmental Journalism: the keys to environmental justice reporting. The climate crisis doesn’t affect everyone equally. As more journalists report on environmental issues, it’s critical that they shine a light on the heightened consequences our deteriorating environment has on vulnerable communities. Environmental justice reporters do just this.

“Under Narendra Modi, access has become conditional on the journalist’s ideology.” As he publishes his memoir, Indian senior editor Vir Sanghvi reflects on the relationship between reporters and politicians.

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Building trust in journalism: the Czech Republic. The Ethical Journalism Network, together with their partners the Evens Foundation and Fritt Ord Foundation, have produced a report which looks at the challenges that the media are facing in the Czech Republic. This report follows the publication of reports on Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria and is part of a series of reports that will be published over the coming months on the media situations in Slovakia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Pan-European TV channel Euronews defends independence after buyout by Hungary-linked firm. Euronews says there is no risk to its editorial independence following the announcement that it will be acquired by a Portuguese venture-capital firm that has a close family tie to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and strong corporate links to the business ecosystem around him.

Reporting the climate crisis effectively: what journalists need to keep in mind. COP26 was one of the hottest topics of 2021 grabbing global news headlines. As the debates around climate change continue to rage, how journalists report on the climate crisis and how newsrooms approach the subject has become more important than ever.

Polish parliament passes bill forcing sale of US-owned TV network. A bill to restrict foreign ownership of Polish media was unexpectedly passed by parliament today. The proposed law is seen to be aimed in particular at Poland’s largest private broadcaster, US-owned TVN, whose coverage is often critical of the government.

Russia’s censor threatens to block YouTube for taking down another German RT channel. Russia’s censorship agency is threatening to restrict access to YouTube after the video platform shut down yet another German-language channel run by the Russian state-controlled television network Russia Today.

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