Facebook to invest funds to support journalism, hard-hit media houses

Facebook announced today that it would invest $300 million over three years to support journalism, with an emphasis on promoting hard-hit local news organisations. The move, on the heels of a similar initiative by Google last year, comes with online platforms dominating the internet advertising ecosystem, making it harder for legacy news organisations to make a transition to digital. “People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s…

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Future will be heard

What explains the success of audio-journalism in the era of streaming videos that were once feared to capture our attention and decimate every competitor including print media? “The ear is more important than the eyes in terms of your thinking, your talking. [According to sound archivist Tony Swartz] the purpose of the advertising is to blind the eyes so we can talk to you through the ear. I think it is profoundly true. I did television…

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Press freedom anxiety

Even decades after multi-party democracy, which promised all the inherent tenets of the system, was ushered in the country, institutionalising press freedom is still proving to be problematic. Although governments, both past and present, have said they would respect freedom of the press, it seems only lip service is being paid to it, with them frequently trying to curb such freedom through legal instruments. The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in a report has noted…

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Civil society and media: Give them their due

Civil society is considered to be one of the key players in a democracy, the people’s regime, to put forth the people’s voice in a more logical and judicial manner. But civil society is often misunderstood as an organisation that reaps donor-funded dollars. And neither should it be understood as an “establishment-friendly” organisation. Civil society, normally represented by the organisations that are engaged in advocating people’s rights, is the ‘third sector’ of society, which works…

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2018 AD was challenging year for Nepali press: FNJ

Kathmandu-The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has evaluated the year 2018 as a challenging period for the Nepali press. According to the FNJ media monitoring unit, a total of 58 cases of violation of press freedom were reported in 2018 in the country and this number was 73 in the previous year. Though the number was relatively low than of the year 2017, the year (2018) remained as the challenging one legally, the umbrella organisation of…

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Media Freedom Deteriorating

The report encloses freedom of press and expression updates from January to December 2018 which highlighted a total of 98 press freedom violations during this passing year 2018, a sharp rise compared to the previous year, 2017. Only 66 incidents were recorded in 2016.

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Journalism in peril

Jan 1, 2019- As news headlines across the world have shown, 2018 delivered major blows to truth and justice. But this was especially true for the people who write the headlines. From Saudi Arabia to Sarlahi, journalists experienced a year of peril, violence, and abuse. According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents this year—a significant increase from 2017. Article 19,…

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Gender & news media: Where are the women?

News media has power to take stories related to women and gender equality out of the private realm. But, when there are few female news sources, it forces audience to believe that women are unimportant or invisible Illustration: Ratna Sagar Shrestha/THT When I started my PhD dissertation four years ago, one of my objectives was to show the changing face of Nepali women. Nepal is considered to be highly dominated by patriarchy. However, there have…

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Sifting Good From Bad

The Internet is a vast trove of information on any topic under the sun. Moreover, it is accessible to anybody connected to the worldwide web. This is a miracle made normal by the advancement of information technology. For anybody with a gadget and Internet account, the empire of information is just a click away. It is this unrestricted reach to all kinds of information and ever advancing modes of related technologies that have shaped the…

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In Black & White Fact Today, Fiction Tomorrow

In the November 2016 presidential polls, American elites’ disconnect with voters was a big “surprise” and “shock”. Open biases persistently afflicted scribes recognised as experts in various fields. Critical faculties were closed, courage suppressed and untruth brought in. Many educated people lapped it up as the ultimate truth without bothering to put it to the acid test of intense cross-verification.Most news media in the United States highlighted Donald Trump’s shortcomings—real and imagined. Virtually all the…

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