Journalism needs leaders who know how to run a business, news outlets express solidarity with journalists in Gaza, and addressing the collateral damage of news avoidance

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Journalism needs leaders who know how to run a business. These are the five crucial skills for the next generation of media leaders in the era of community-centric journalism.

News outlets express solidarity with journalists in Gaza. Leaders of more than 100 news organizations across the world, including the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters, have joined an open letter affirming their solidarity with journalists reporting in Gaza.

Addressing the collateral damage of news avoidance. An interview with Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, co-author of a new book entitled Avoiding the News: Reluctant Audiences for Journalism, which delves deeper into the causes of and solutions to news avoidance in greater detail. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, together with co-authors Ruth Palmer and Benjamin Toff, will be #ijf24 speakers on a session entitled Avoiding the news: why people avoid the news and what can be done about it.

Next Gen News: understanding the audiences of 2030. A research project on the future news consumer by FT Strategies and Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern. George Montagu and Ben Whitelaw will be #ijf24 speakers. George will share the findings of the report in a session entitled Next Gen News: understanding the audiences of 2030 sponsored by FT Strategies.

A life less ordinary with Mark Little. A Steering Point podcast. Mark Little will be a #ijf24 speaker.

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Empathy is a word we hear about a lot
, but what does it look like in the workplace and why does it matter? Jamil Zaki, author and research psychologist at Stanford University, speaks to Bryan Hancock and Brooke Weddle about why investing in empathic behavior and kindness can lead to positive gains in the workplace, including higher productivity, better morale, and improved organizational health.

The New York Times announces a new series on nuclear threats. At the Brink launches in collaboration with Carnegie Corporation of New York, Outrider Foundation, and The Prospect Hill Foundation. WJ Hennigan will be a #ijf24 speaker on a panel entitled The new nuclear landscape: reporting on nuclear weapons and security at the dawn of a new arms race sponsored by the Outrider Foundation.

News is dead. Long live journalism! How AI reveals an opportunity to rise above the noise and save journalism. Natalia Antelava will be a #ijf24 speaker.

ITN CEO Rachel Corp shares her thoughts on mental health in news. Rachel Corp has spoken candidly with Headlines Network about the cumulative toll that recent years have taken on the mental health of journalists, how she manages her own wellbeing, and the important role that managers can play in normalising these conversations.

Key tools and approaches for using AI in OSINT and investigations. AI and LLMs pose significant risk to information integrity. But they also offer a lot of promise for OSINT and investigations. Here’s a look at some encouraging areas.

Why FT Group is investing £30m in new media and information companies. FT becomes strategic investor in growing media companies.

LinkedIn doubles down on news as social rivals retreat. LinkedIn alone won’t be able to make up for the dramatic reduction in traffic referrals from social media sites to news publishers, but it does offer outlets and journalists a platform to meaningfully grow their audiences amid a broader tech crackdown on news content.

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