Author Archives: EJC

VOA Interview: Russian Journalist Says News Blackout On Tsarnaev Trial Possible

June 22nd, 2015 | by EJC

Russian-language news coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing trial has been largely non-existent. One of the only major news outlets with regular reporting on the trial is Ekho Moskvy, an independent, influential radio station and news Web site in Moscow. The station’s editor-in-chief, Alexei Venediktov, spoke to Fatima Tlisova in an exclusive interview for


Fidel Is Dead? Long Live Fidel?

June 17th, 2015 | by EJC

Fidel Castro is no stranger to death rumours. On January 9th 2015, Twitter was awash with such gossip once again - and the claims continued to spread even after larger media organisations had already dispelled the rumours. But how exactly did the rumours start? MO* reconstructs the rumour mill in this “making off”


New Media Could Topple ‘Helicopter Journalism’ In Africa

May 28th, 2015 | by EJC

In a panel discussion held at the 15th International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, journalist Tolu Ogunlesi from Nigeria used the term 'helicopter journalism' to describe the way Western media often approach and represent the developing world. Lou Del Bello explains what this term means and how new media is helping to combat it


Humanitarian UAV Missions In Nepal: Early Observations

May 26th, 2015 | by EJC

When harnessed successfully, UAV technology can provide timely, high-resolution aerial data to inform humanitarian responses. However, as Patrick Meier explains through his experience responding to the recent Nepal Earthquake, leveraging a new, unfamiliar technology for disaster response can also present major challenges


How To Live-Tweet A Dangerous Police Standoff

May 8th, 2015 | by EJC

Armed with an iPhone, content creation apps, and social media, a reporter is able to provide a vivid picture of a SWAT standoff to a huge audience within seconds, but those modern tools need to be tempered with old-school journalistic judgment and restraint



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