Author Archives: EJC

#Balkanfloods Online: The Impact Of Social Media On Recent Reporting

September 16th, 2014 | by EJC

The recent flooding in Serbia and Bosnia indicated the failure of traditional media to adequately respond to the disaster through their coverage. Local media covered the events, but it was clear that television channels failed to get up-to-date information. Lana Pasic shows how social media filled these information voids


Crowdsourcing Flash-Flood Warnings That Race The Waters Downstream

September 10th, 2014 | by EJC

Bangladesh’s early warning systems to predict more conventional floods have improved by leaps and bounds in the past decades. But lack of cross-border cooperation in hydro-meteorological data means fast-moving waters from India can still have a devastating impact. Anu John reports on UNDP's journey to crowdsource early warning systems to mitigate this


Israel, Gaza, War & Data – The Art Of Personalizing Propaganda

September 1st, 2014 | by EJC

As we construct our online profiles based on what we already know, what we’re interested in, and what we’re recommended, social networks are perfectly designed to reinforce our existing beliefs. Gilad Lotan examines how this influences the coverage we are exposed to of the 2014 Gaza conflict.


Monitorial Citizenship: Projects And Tools

August 26th, 2014 | by EJC

Election monitoring projects have been successful in policing blatant election fraud through citizen and third-party election monitoring, but the outcomes of these elections are not always closely related to a politician’s performance. The MIT Center for Civic Media looks at ways to extend monitoring activities beyond election cycles, using it as a tool for ongoing feedback and dialogue between elected officials and their constituents


Does UGC Lead To PTSD?

August 22nd, 2014 | by EJC

Journalists working with a steady stream of uncensored violent imagery generated by the public are at increased risk of adverse psychological consequences, according to research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Open. In response, the Dart Center has release a tip sheet for journalists working with potentially traumatic


Russian Media Coverage Of MH17 Leaves No Room For Dissenting Voices

August 19th, 2014 | by EJC

Within Russia, television reports from Ukraine are rarely challenged by alternative views. Russia has invested a great deal in the international English-language television channel Russia Today as a means to counter global news juggernauts such as CNN and the BBC World News. Ilya Yablokov looks at what this means for the Russian mediascape in the wake of


Dehumanisation Of Gaza

August 15th, 2014 | by EJC

Boštjan Videmšek, foreign correspondent for Slovenia’s biggest daily DELO, writes about what it was like to live in Gaza while he was on a reporting mission from 8th to 20th of July



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